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 Recent News



Strong Possibility for COBRA Subsidy Extension – Free Webinar 12/3

November 1st, 2009

November 2009 Recently the Department of Labor reported that in September the economy lost 263,000 jobs, substantially more than economists predicted. With the calendar year nearing an end, the Obama administration and Congress are still contemplating extending the COBRA subsidy which pays 65% of the cost of COBRA health coverage for unemployed American workers who

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It’s About That Time: Year-End Performance Reviews

November 1st, 2009

Published November 2009 For many businesses, the end of the calendar year brings about increased responsibility and workloads. In addition to this, year end performance reviews of employees often take place.  This article has been created with two different sections. One section is to help employees to steer their year-end review in the right direction.

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Savings Through Health Reimbursement Arrangements

October 1st, 2009

Published October 2009 With the costs of health care constantly rising, businesses are feeling the impact of devoting more of their resources to healthcare spending. Consequently, employers are looking for new and different ways to control these costs which causes some employers to change health care plans almost every year. One of the alternatives employers

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Tax Savings for Employers from Flexible Spending Accounts

October 1st, 2009

Published October 2009 Flexible Spending Accounts are an additional benefit provided by employers for employees to cover the costs of medical expenses that are not reimbursed by insurance. In addition to being a great benefit for employees, an FSA plan can also produce cost savings for the employer as well. Ever heard of a benefit

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BASIC’s Preparations for the Flu Season

October 1st, 2009

Published October 2009 BASIC’s Preparations for the Flu Season As a follow-up to last month’s newsletter article titled Prepare Your Company for an Influenza Pandemic, BASIC would like to share our business continuity plan in case we are impacted during the upcoming flu season. Our plan is based on prevention to minimize the spread of

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Common Questions Answered About Paid Time Off

October 1st, 2009

Published October 2009 Paid time off can be a tricky benefit to deal with, especially when employers have to adhere to federal, state and even sometimes local laws. Answered below are some common questions about PTO. 1. Traditional or PTO? No federal or state law exists that requires an employer to offer the benefit of

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COBRA Participation Doubles After ARRA

September 1st, 2009

Published September 2009 With the highest level of unemployment in the United States in 25 years, increasing numbers of Americans are turning to Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for health care coverage during these trying times. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into effect in February and brought with it

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Prepare Your Company for an Influenza Pandemic

September 1st, 2009

Published September 2009 Influenza is a seasonal virus that strikes as early as October, but usually influenza illnesses peak in January or February. On average, every year in the United States 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu, with the possibility of more this year because of the increased threat of the H1N1

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Updated I-9 Employer Guide

September 1st, 2009

Published September 2009 Updated I-9 Employer Guide The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employer guide M-274 has been updated to reflect the changes to Form I-9. Click this link to view our July article that explains some of the changes and recent audits. You can obtain a copy of the USCIS I-9 Employer Guide at

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FMLA Guidance from our Senior Advisor – Free Webinar September 24th

August 1st, 2009

Published August 2009 Fifty years of combined Human Resources experience and open lines of communication with the Department of Labor gives our clients a key advantage when it comes to FMLA administration. With his vast knowledge and practical experience, Dave McDaniel, one of our FMLA consultants, is often called upon to provide much needed guidance

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