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Microsoft Layoff Plan: Is 12 Months Too Long?
Staffing experts familiar with Microsoft’s plan to lay off up to 18,000 employees generally agree on one thing: The reduction in force is necessary to make the company more agile and reduce duplication created by the acquisition of phone manufacturer Nokia. But is it fair to the employees--and good for business--for the process to take up to a year?

McDonald’s Ruling from NLRB Ignites Business-Labor Firestorm
Labor advocates are claiming a big victory after a federal agency said Tuesday that McDonald's central, corporate operations can be lumped in with its thousands of franchises for liability purposes. The world's largest fast-food chain promises to fight a National Labor Relations Board decision that it says “changes the rules for thousands of small businesses.” 

IRS Issues Draft Forms for 2015 ACA Reporting
On July 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service released drafts of the forms that large employers will be required to file in order to show that the health coverage they offer to their employees complies with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) "shared responsiblity" mandate, sometimes referred to as "play or pay." 

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