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Are Security Threats Lurking in Your Company Email?

Posted by Sheri Weaver on Mon, Nov 23,2015 @ 08:00 AM

The headlines are filled with stories touting shocking cyber breaches where business or personal information is compromised. Let's be clear: this is one situation where not all publicity is good publicity. No business wants to expose itself, its employees or its customers to any kind of cyber breach. 

95% of cyber breaches are caused by one of three things: hackers, rogue employees, or loss or theft of equipment. These are not just a threat for large corporations; small- to mid-sized businesses face an equal—if not greater—risk, and have fewer resources to effectively clean up and recover after a breach occurs.

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Is Your Summary Plan Description ERISA Compliant?

Posted by Mark Brault on Thu, Nov 19,2015 @ 07:30 AM

Do you have an ERISA compliant Summary Plan Desription document? If that question only generates more questions, don't worry, you are not alone. 

Many employers are unaware of the SPD requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). And many who have SPDs don't have all of their bases covered either. 

Preparing an ERISA compliant SPD requires a great deal of time and resources and it can be incredibly costly. But if you fail to comply with U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulations, you can be subject to fines for non-compliance as well as greater exposures during an audit.

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OSHA Fines Increase for the First Time in 25 Years

Posted by Kyle Meinert on Sat, Nov 14,2015 @ 10:26 AM

The status quo in OSHA safety compliance is about to be seriously challenged. 

For the first time in a quarter century, OSHA will in 2016 increase its fines for safety violations. 

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New DOL Overtime Rules May Spell Trouble for Employers

Posted by Mark Brault on Sun, Nov 08,2015 @ 10:28 AM

Update (11/12/2015): Due to an overwhelming number of responses to the proposed DOL overtime regulations, the DOL indicated that any final regulations on the new overtime rule likely will not be published before late 2016.   Over 250,000 public comments were received on the proposed rule changes. We will provide further updates as we receive them. 


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed changes to the overtime eligibility rules with respect to the executive, administrative and professional employee classifications otherwise known as “salaried” or “exempt” employees.

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How To Bring CLARITY

Posted by Mike Natalizio on Wed, Nov 04,2015 @ 01:47 PM

Effective leadership is all about clarity.  Being clear about where you want to go, what you want to achieve and how you're going to get there.   

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Topics: change, leadership

Advisory Spotlight: Meet Mark Brault, Compliance Advisor & Benefits Attorney

Posted by Andrea Tarrell on Thu, Oct 29,2015 @ 04:00 AM

Director of Marketing at HNI 

Our team members are committed to changing the game for our clients, our company, and our community.  Some of them you may “know” from their blogs and social media activity, even if you haven’t had the opportunity to meet them in person yet. 

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Topics: advisory spotlight

4 Keys to Maximizing Driver Performance: The Transportation DART

Posted by Michael Natalizio on Tue, Oct 27,2015 @ 02:03 PM

Business Analytics Specialist at HNI

Drivers are the heart of the trucking industry – so finding ways to attract them, keep them, and coach them into top performers is essential. 

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Topics: driver scorecard

"Small Group" Re-Defined Under the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Mark Brault on Thu, Oct 15,2015 @ 05:00 AM

Compliance Advisor/Benefits Attorney at HNI

Last week, on October 7, 2015, President Obama signed legislation called the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act that amends the Affordable Care Act (ACA) definition of a “small employer” for the purpose of purchasing health insurance coverage.

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Topics: compliance, HR, benefits, Affordable Care Act

Who Has Your Blind Side When it Comes to Business Risk?

Posted by Chris Tanke on Tue, Oct 06,2015 @ 12:00 PM

Relationship Manager

If you’re a football fan, you know that the role of the left tackle is to protect the QB from the pass rushers coming in from his blind side.  Typically the defense positions their most dangerous pass rushers on the blind side of the Quarterback to maximize the potential for an impact play (sack, fumble, or interception).  Thus, while the left tackle most likely will never pass, run, or throw the ball, he is one of the most important offensive players on the field. 

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Topics: construction, transportation, manufacturing, retail, business risk, blindside risk

Driving Change through Manufacturing Day 2015

Posted by Cindy Gross on Fri, Oct 02,2015 @ 05:00 AM

Account Manager at HNI

Manufacturing Day is upon us again. The overall mission of Manufacturing Day is to support careers in skilled and technology trades.

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