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Experts Predict Record-Breaking H-1B Visa Demand
Visa lottery odds likely to be less than 50 percent
Employers should be well on their way to initiating and preparing their H-1B cap-subject visa petitions for the 2016 fiscal year (FY) deadline, which is now less than two months away.

IRS: Premium Payment Plans Nixed for Small Employers
Even small employers not subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage mandate can’t reimburse employees for nongroup health insurance coverage purchased on a public exchange, the Internal Revenue Service confirmed. But small employers providing premium reimbursement in 2014 are being offered transition relief through mid-2015.

Employers Refresh Their Memory on Layoffs
Some HR departments are now clearing the dust off reduction-in-force requirements as many oil and gas businesses in Texas undergo layoffs.

Don’t Get Trapped Using the ‘Bogus RIF’ Strategy
What’s the “bogus RIF” strategy? That’s when you’re really firing an employee but don’t want to admit it, so you call it a reduction in force (RIF) or a layoff, or a job elimination. This is a terrible idea.
USW: Refinery Explosion Highlights Strike’s Safety Concerns

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