Recent News

With an unlimited number of sources publishing HR related news it can be difficult to keep the facts straight. BASIC strives to deliver simple, easy-to-understand, and timely industry news/updates. From legal advice, regulation updates, and interesting interactive resources – we have you covered!


 Recent News



New Form I-9 Is Now Mandatory

November 20th, 2017

New revisions to employment eligibility verification went into effect on September 18, 2017. Form I-9 will help you verify your employees’ identities and employment authorizations while clarifying timelines for certain I-9 processes: Section one must be completed no later than the first day of employment; formerly the completion timing read, no later than the end

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Terminations without Consideration: The Fifth of Five Common FMLA Mistakes

November 20th, 2017

Terminating FMLA eligible employees can have destructive consequences if not handled properly. Employers need to be absolutely certain about the minutiae of terminations in these situations. How closely an employer follows FMLA regulationsduring an employee’s leave is also important. In terminating an FMLA employee without consideration, an employer runs the risk of violating the Americans with

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Mike Stoddard Interview by Community In Schools

November 14th, 2017

Community In Schools (CIS) Kalamazoo recently interviewed Mike Stoddard, one of BASIC’s founders.  Click this link to read the full interview: http://ciskalamazoo.org/mike-stoddard-people-focused/ The interview covers everything from Mike’s role in CIS, his desire to be an American company, to advice for students looking to obtain a job.  “Mike has served on the board of Communities In

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ACA Penalties for 2017

November 8th, 2017

Employer Penalties for Noncompliance with ACA Information Reporting The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) to report to the IRS whether they offered their full-time employees (and if self-insured, their full-time employees’ dependents) affordable and minimum value coverage in order to satisfy the Employer Mandate. ALEs are subject to penalties for failure

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BASIC HQ 2017 Holiday Schedule

November 1st, 2017

BASIC’s Headquarters (Portage, MI) and Arizona offices will be closed on the following dates/times in observance of the Holidays: Friday, November 17 Thursday, November 23 Friday, November 24 Friday, December 8 Friday, December 22 Monday, December 25 Monday, January 1 Closing at 3:00 pm ET Closed Closed Closing at 2:30 pm ET Closed Closed Closed Please

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How to Manage Flexible Schedules

October 23rd, 2017

Work-from-home options are becoming big-ticket items in the battle for work-life balance, but not all offices have the ability to offer this perk. However, some alternatives can help both the employer and the employees. Consider a flexible schedule option. In this scenario, your employees have more control over their work hours but are still required

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IRS Updates Its Per Diem Rates

October 23rd, 2017

The IRS has released an annual notice that lists and explains the 2017-2018 special per diem rates for taxpayers to use in substantiating the amount of ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling away from home. These rates run from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018. Specifically covered are: The special transportation industry

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Failure to Track FMLA Time Properly: The Fourth of Five Common FMLA Mistakes

October 23rd, 2017

For many workers, FMLA leave is a necessity, so it’s extremely important that their leave is tracked properly. Two areas employers often encounter difficulty in are calculating the amount of leave an employee is entitled to, and knowing which times can and cannot be counted as FMLA leave. Failure to track properly can be a

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The ACA Lives – Its Reporting and Filing Requirements Do Too

October 23rd, 2017

With the collapse of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, senate GOP leaders find themselves back at the drawing board in their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While, technically, a repeal is still possible in 2017, the odds of success are incredibly slim. As a result, compliance with the ACA’s reporting and filing requirements is

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BASIC Expands East Coast Presence with Acquisition of COBRA Administration & Health Services, Inc.

October 3rd, 2017

PORTAGE, Mich., Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – BASIC (Benefit Administrative Services International Corporation), the country’s leading provider for third-party employee benefits administration, is pleased to announce the acquisition of COBRA Administration & Health Services, Inc. Established in 1989 and headquartered in Portage, Michigan, BASIC has grown into one of the largest third party administrators in the nation with

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