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Christian Schappel

Christian’s work has been featured prominently in several Philadelphia-area newspapers, business publications and websites. His career started at Journal Register Company where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Tribune, a newspaper serving Southeastern Pennsylvania.
After joining Progressive Business Publications (the parent company of Catalyst Media and HR Benefits Alert), he moved into the niche information publishing market.
He has covered the HR and Benefits fields for the past five years, serving as Editor-in-Chief and then Managing Editor of What’s New in Benefits and Compensation, a print newsletter for Benefit pros. He’s now a proud part of the HR Benefits editorial staff.
Christian has written several white papers for upper-level executives covering topics such as healthcare reform and wellness programs. He is also a frequent guest on the Las Vegas-based radio show Computer Outlook, where he discusses new technology and its impact on businesses.
He graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he majored in English and minored in Print Media.
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Denying light duty: 4 steps to avoid legal liability under FMLA, ADA

Refusing an employee’s request for a light duty assignment when they’re coming off of FMLA- or ADA-protected leave is tricky. But if you’re going to do it, here’s the blueprint for avoiding legal liability. [Read more…]

From FMLA to ADA: How to prove more leave isn’t a reasonable accommodation

The overlap of the FMLA and ADA should be a huge concern right now for employers. Reason: More employees are turning to the ADA to milk more job-protected leave out of their employers once their FMLA leave expires. [Read more…]

18 items total compensation statements should include

Chances are many of you indirectly increased employees’ compensation recently and failed to reap the benefits. Why? Because you made a big mistake.  [Read more…]

Feds release 2018 ACA out-of-pocket limits

In what could be one of the last ACA actions before the Trump administration begins the wholesale repeal effort, the feds just announced some key changes.  [Read more…]

Benefits recordkeeping: What you must keep – and for how long

The trouble with recordkeeping at a lot of companies: You don’t know how complete your records are until you get involved in litigation or an audit. But by then, it’s often too late to fill in any critical gaps. [Read more…]

‘Your 180 days are up, so you’re fired’: Rigid leave policy costs biz $8.6M

Are all of your leave policies flexible enough to incorporate the ADA’s interactive process? If not, here’s a painful reminder of what it can cost.  [Read more…]

Court bends over backwards for employee in FMLA case

You already knew the FMLA was a pro-employee, not necessarily pro-business, law. But this case is scary proof of how far some courts are willing to bend over backwards to give employees a shot to win FMLA lawsuits. [Read more…]

COBRA ruling: No harm done, but employee can sue anyway

The courtroom has become a very unforgiving place for employers who fail to strictly abide by COBRA’s notice requirements. [Read more…]

10 Boneheaded Retirement Planning Mistakes To Avoid

Granted, it’s not your responsibility to make sure employees have a smart retirement planning strategy. But if you provide a company sponsored retirement plan, you’re the first place employees will look for guidance. And here’s a list of common mistakes that will be a healthy addition to your communication materials. [Read more…]

7 signs you have a poisonous workplace

Poison can be a silent killer, undetectable until it’s too late. The same can be said of a poisonous workplace. You may not know there’s a problem until your best workers start dropping like flies — that is, unless you can spot the symptoms. [Read more…]

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