Jobs & Hiring | Wake Up to Success | IRS Benefits and QSEHRA Update | I-9 Compliance | HSAs | Joint-Employers

eESI Week’s Best this week includes a look at the job market, the future or work, and the secrets of success. We’re also tackling the IRS’ recently announced 2018 benefit plan limits and QSEHRA guidelines. Additionally, you’ll find tips for I-9 verification of remote employees, recent HSA stats, and an update on the status of the joint-employer rule.


Jobs, Job Seekers and Success

The U.S. added 261,000 jobs in October in what is said to be a rebound from the losses caused by recent hurricanes reports Fox Business.

With unemployment down and job openings up, job seekers have an opportunity to shine.

How can they make the most of it?  

Leadership From the Core’s Marcel Schwantes, writing for Inc., tells us the secret in 90 Percent of Hiring Managers Surveyed Say This Interview Skill Makes Job Candidates Irresistible. (Hint: If you can’t be interesting, at least be well-informed.)

Meanwhile, Quantum Media Group’s Ari Zoldan shares his own secrets for success with Inc. in Why the Most Successful People Do the Same Thing Every Single Morning. Apparently, proceeding in an orderly fashion is good for more than just exiting airplanes.


The Future of Work

Artificial Intelligence is at the top of everyone’s future of work predictions.  In today’s Forbes article, The Future of Work: How AI Will Transform the Employee Experience, author Jeanne Meister reviews the top 5 ways HR is capitalizing on the AI revolution.


IRS Ups Some Limits

It’s the end of the year and time for HR departments to prepare for 2018. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Our eESI Compliance Bulletin details the IRS’s changes to employee benefit plan limits for 2018. We’ve charted the changes and provided you with a list of action steps to keep you up to date and out of trouble.



Next up, the IRS has published guidelines for the qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA) program which allows small employers to provide employer-funded healthcare reimbursements similar to those provided by larger employers through health savings accounts (HSAs).

These guidelines are not light reading.

Fortunately, BLR’s Senior Legal Editor, David Slaughter, has prepared a summary for us. You’ll find his work, plus links to the relevant regulations and documentation in IRS Issues Detailed QSEHRA Guidance.


Haven’t had enough IRS compliance talk yet?

Check out How to Comply with I-9 Requirements for Remote Workers. In this article, SHRM’s Roy Maurer explains what employers of remote workers need to do to verify their new hire’s work authorization status without flying across the country for an in-person meeting.


More Money Flows to Health Savings Accounts

Health savings accounts (HSAs) are gaining popularity. More employees are taking advantage of HSAs and depositing more funds into those accounts according to a report issued by Devenir. eESI shares more details from that report plus a link to the full text in HSA Use Grew 23% Between 2016 and 2017, Report Finds.


House Moves to Roll Back Joint-Employer Liability

And finally, the House has passed a joint-employer bill designed to reverse the effects of the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris Industries decision which substantially extended the reach of employer liability under the existing joint-employer law. Allen Smith, writing for SHRM, walks us through the details of the ruling and the bill in House Passes Joint Employer Legislation.



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