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



BASIC ACA Alert-IRS Enforcement of ACA Penalties for 2015 Reporting Year

November 20th, 2017

Beginning as soon at the end of 2017, the IRS has stated that they are going to begin enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate penalties.  The ACA is still the law of the land and the IRS is obligated to enforce this law.  According to the IRS’s recently updated Questions and Answers

Read more

BASIC’s Human Capital Management Solution: HCM 2.0

November 20th, 2017

BASIC is proud to present the newest version of our human capital management solution: HCM 2.0, an integrated all-in-one payroll and human resource system. HCM 2.0 handles all of your human capital management needs in one convenient place, eliminating the stress of forcing incompatible software to integrate. The system includes, but is not limited to:

Read more

Use Family-Friendly Benefits to Attract and Retain Key Employees

November 20th, 2017

Family-friendly benefits are a new concept to attract and retain key employees. Companies in the past often offered “family days,” like the annual company picnic, but today’s companies go much further in their efforts to help employees with dependents manage their complex schedules. Make Kids Welcome Some offices welcome small children, especially on days when

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more