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



Is capping Flexible Spending Accounts in the future?

August 1st, 2009

Published August 2009 Is capping Flexible Spending Accounts in the future? While there has been a lot of press and focus surrounding healthcare reform, little has been written about the probable impact on Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). During the last several months BASIC has paid close attention to healthcare reform activities, specifically the FSA proposals

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Dependent Verification Saves

August 1st, 2009

Published August 2009 As healthcare costs rise, employers are looking for resources and solutions to help control these costs. Dependent Verification, otherwise known as an eligibility audit, is one way to help defer costs. Last week Detroit Public Schools released a savings of $2.1 million a year in health care coverage cost. This was a

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ARRA modifications to HIPAA

August 1st, 2009

Published August 2009 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) approved by Congress on February 13, 2009 and signed into law by the President on February 17, 2009, makes a number of modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regarding privacy and security rules. The legislative changes that affect HIPAA

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New FMLA Dashboard – Access to our FMLA Webinar Recording

July 1st, 2009

Published July 2009 BASIC FMLA Dashboard The BASIC FMLA Dashboard was meticulously designed by our programmers to give clients direct access to their company’s FMLA claims. The dashboard is a secure web-based service that allows employers and authorized personnel to view, search and download claim details. As always, our clients can speak with their FMLA

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Health Savings Account Limits for 2010

July 1st, 2009

Published July 2009 With Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), individuals and businesses buy less expensive health insurance policies with high deductibles. Contributions to the accounts are made on a pre-tax basis. The money can accumulate year after year tax free, and be withdrawn tax free to pay for a variety of medical expenses such as doctor

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement I-9 Forms Audits – Free Webinar August 13th

July 1st, 2009

Published July 2009 These days, many employers are confused about their responsibilities when hiring new employees. The confusion stems from a requirement involving I-9s (Employment Eligibility Verification forms) for newly hired employees. Employers are rightfully confused. The old and new forms look almost identical and to add to the confusion there have been multiple delays.

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Encourage Participation in Direct Deposit Payroll

June 1st, 2009

Published June 2009 There are obviously many benefits of using direct deposit to pay your employees. But there may still be resistance from some employees who don’t trust banks, or prefer to have paper checks placed in their hands on payday. Here are some ways you might be able to increase participation, and therefore, maximize

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BASIC is Celebrating 20 years – Sign up for our Second Annual Seminar – July 22nd

June 1st, 2009

Published June 2009 BASIC was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Portage, Michigan. Since our modest beginnings, we have grown into one of the largest TPA’s of our type and now serve over 9,000 clients in 45 states. A unique part of our business model is our Regional Sales Directors. They are located in

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Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid (Free HR Webinar July 18th)

June 1st, 2009

Published June 2009 Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid Mistakes will happen. The good news is lots of examples exist to learn from the mistakes of other leaders. Look over the following common mistakes to see what areas need adjustments. Not Walking the Walk. Your employees see (and talk about) what you do and what you

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Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Explained – Free Webinar

May 1st, 2009

Published May 2009 NEW HEALTH CARE LAW REQUIRES ADDITIONAL SPECIAL ENROLLMENT RIGHTS, NOTICE, AND DISCLOSURE OBLIGATIONS FOR EMPLOYER-PROVIDED GROUP HEALTH PLANS By Larry Grudizen The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2009 extends and expands the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Under the new law, states are allowed to subsidize premiums for employer-provided

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