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Welcome to 2016!--the weekend roundup

If you’ve already logged a few hours prior to today in 2016, you are in the minority (and may be in need of an actual vacation!). But, for many, this is the first day back. Welcome.

Hundreds of articles are popping up across the web today on productivity, getting the year off to the right start and all the potential that 2016 holds. The truth is, if you are a small business owner or an HR manager, you know that there are documents to be completed and employees to be hired, and your to-do list for today is not all that different from the one on December 23.

TLNT offers an article for the rest of us—an acknowledgement that some things change slowly and vast, industry-wide predictions are unlikely to come to fruition in HR. We’ve got you covered in 2016—a bit of optimism that will help you better manage your day-to-day, news you need and a few tips from business leaders.

Have a great 2016!

HBR: To motivate employees, do three things well

No matter how many productivity pieces are printed, if an employee is not energized by and interested in their work, success is elusive. The HBR sites an all-time low in employee engagement and offers employers and managers tips that cost nothing financially (in contrast to the Google perks mindset pervasive in some industries). However, these tips are challenging and may require you to rethink some of your business practices. Is it worth it to have motivated and on-fire employees? Only you can decide.

Lexology: Affordable Care Act reporting deadlines extended

Businesses have been granted a brief reprieve from the IRS.

The deadline for providing paperwork to individuals (1095s) has been extended from Feb. 1, 2016 to Mar. 31, 2016.

The deadline for filing with the IRS (1094s and 1095-C) has been changed from Feb. 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016 if not filing electronically.

Minimum wage rate increase for 2016

(Thanks to Fistful of Talent for pointing to this in their 5 things you should know.)

Minimum wage increases went into effect in 12 states on Jan. 1st. Texans will see no increases as a statewide requirement. The graphic below is from

Image: accruchex blog

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