Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Numbers Behind the Affordable Care Act

April 30th, 2013

The Affordable Care Act is coming. Is your company ready? It is vital that your organization prepares now for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that goes into effect in 2014. Requirements for employers and eligibility for employees will both be based on data from 2013. While sorting through all the information may be...

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Workplace Violence: Awareness & Prevention

April 30th, 2013

There is nothing more basic to the safety and well-being of the workplace than keeping it violence-free. This truth has been tragically spotlighted over the past months and while human behavior is inherently difficult to predict, it is within our ranks where we have the greatest opportunity to prevent such attacks on the peace, safety,...

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Turkey Season!

April 23rd, 2013

It’s turkey season in Michigan and our feathered friends have been putting on quite a show the last couple weeks. Lots of strutting at Bishop’s Bog! We are fortunate to have our corporate office in Portage, Michigan adjacent to Bishop’s Bog. We have a great view of deer, turkey and a wide variety of birds....

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The Fifth Third HSA Mobile Application for Consumers is Now Available!

April 23rd, 2013

The HSA mobile application is free but standard data rates from your mobile phone carrier may apply.  From the mobile app account holders can:   View total available balance View investment balance View available cash View pending and processed contributions (deposits) View pending and completed distributions (withdrawals)   The HSA mobile application is a great...

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View from our Flex Department

April 17th, 2013

We are fortunate to have our corporate office in Portage, Michigan adjacent to Bishop’s Bog. We have a great view of deer, turkey and a wide variety of birds. Bishop’s Bog Preserve is another natural treasure of the City of Portage. This 152-acre preserve is the largest “relict” bog in Southern Michigan. Ancient and untouched,...

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FMLA Survey: 20 Years Later What Do You Think?

April 15th, 2013

FMLA: 20 Years Later What Do You Think? | Create infographics...

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BASIC’s Security is Top Notch

April 9th, 2013

BASIC security is top notch, but don’t simply take our word for it. Thorough data security assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities of our systems are performed annually by a third party security assessment firm. This year’s results proved our security measures are working and rest assured your data is protected! Besides the annual...

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IRS Expands Voluntary Tax Program for Misclassified Workers

April 9th, 2013

The IRS recently announced that it is expanding the “Voluntary Classification Settlement Program” (VCSP) so that it is available to more employers. (IR-2013-23) Under the VCSP, employers agree to reclassify workers as employees for future payroll tax purposes. However, before an employer jumps at the chance, it is important to consider the risks involved in...

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Test Your Knowledge – Health Reform Quiz

April 9th, 2013

“The health reform law promises to deliver big changes in the U.S. health care system. But, as with other sweeping pieces of legislation, it can be hard to get the real facts about what it does. And it is all too easy for misinformation about the law to spread.” Take the short 10 question quiz...

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HIPAA Regulations Update

April 9th, 2013

Effective March 26, 2013, updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations may impact certain employers. These regulations are based on changes under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination...

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