The Latest on the Tax Bill | Tips for Landing Top Talent | Secrets for

Success |  2018 Compliance Tips | Managing Medical Marijuana Laws


eESI’s Week’s Best for the week ending November 17 includes an update on the progress of Congress’s tax reform bill. Plus, tips on how to find and keep top talent. Additionally, we found advice to help you increase your productivity and lead a happy life. And finally, we share a collection of resources to help your HR department prepare for 2018’s IRS updates and changes, and adjust to new state medical marijuana laws.


Tax Bill Takes Another Step Forward

This week, Reuters reports, The Tax Overhaul Drama Moves to the Senate as House Approves Its Bill. In a detailed report for the publication, David Morgan and Amanda Becker explore reactions to the content of the bill and its passage by the House.


Finding the Right Person for the Job

In a candidate-driven job market, landing top talent can seem like a competitive sport. How do HR teams manage to stay on top of it all? In his article for Inc. titled How to Overcome the Biggest Challenge in Hiring Top Talent, Web Profits’ Sujan Patel reveals how HR experts address the six biggest challenges they face.


Give the People What They Want

When it comes to recruitment and retention, offering an attractive benefits package can make the difference between success and failure. Are you offering the benefits that candidates want? Check out eESI’s summary of Plan Designs for Voluntary Benefits to discover how you can use voluntary benefits to increase your organization’s appeal.



You Gotta Have Friends

Reporting on a recent study by Harvard researchers, Dana Severson tells us the secret to success. Find out why relationships matter in his November 9 article for Inc., After studying the Lives of 724 Men for 79 Years, Harvard Reveals the 1 Biggest Secret to Success and Happiness.


…But You Don’t Have to Talk to Them Every Day

Also this week, Inc. contributor Melanie Deziel tells us How Keeping One Day a Week to Yourself Will Make You More Productive. She advises readers to block all appointments, turn off the phone, and get things done.



Now that the tax bill has passed the House, it is time to get serious about figuring out what all the proposed changes mean. Fox Business has created Your Guide to 2018 Tax Changes to help us all get up to speed.  

When it comes to getting up to speed, it isn’t just the tax overhaul that HR departments need to worry about. We’ve pulled together the information you need to begin preparing for 2018 in these two bulletins: IRS Raises FSA Contribution, Other Threshold Limits for 2018 and IRS Announces Benefits Plan Limits for 2018.


Medical Marijuana State by State

In 4 Things Employers Should Know About Evolving Medical Marijuana Laws, SHRM’s Lisa Nagele-Piazza cautions that in states that have legalized medical marijuana usage, an employer’s right to restrict off-duty marijuana use by employees may be limited. Because this is an evolving area of law, courts are increasingly being called upon to decide the respective rights of employers and employees. Employers with drug-free workplace policies should check regularly for state law updates.


Thank You

As we approach Thanksgiving, we leave you with a short video about an experiment in gratitude and its impact on happiness.  Who do you need to thank?