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



Arizona Proposition 206: Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Leave

May 4th, 2017

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters passed Proposition 206, the Fair Wages and Health Families Act (the “Act”). This Act established new minimum wage requirements in Arizona along with imposing new paid sick time requirements on employers. Increased Minimum Wage The Act increased Arizona’s minimum wage, which was $8.05 in 2016. Any employer that was

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Avoiding Costly COBRA Mistakes

April 21st, 2017

In the world of HR, acronyms pervade. COBRA is just one of the many acronyms that employers need to be familiar with. COBRA stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). This act protects employees who have quit their jobs, lost their jobs, or had their hours reduced, from losing their health insurance

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Introducing BASIC’s HSA@AnyBank

April 21st, 2017

BASIC is excited to announce a new option for our HSA Administration, HSA@AnyBank! When we say Any Bank we mean any bank. If an employer has 50 employees, they can EACH choose a different bank for their HSA Account. This could be a bank or financial institution where they already have an existing HSA Account,

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Form W-2/SSN Data Theft: Information for Businesses and Payroll Service Providers

April 10th, 2017

Form W-2/SSN Data Theft: Information for Businesses and Payroll Service Providers As the Internal Revenue Service, the state tax agencies and the tax industry make progress combatting identity theft, cybercriminals need more data to impersonate real taxpayers and file fraudulent returns for refunds. Currently, a particularly dangerous email scam is circulating. Here’s how it works:

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Streamlined FMLA Tracking & Technology

March 31st, 2017

BASIC is proud to announce the new version release of our proprietary FMLA and Absence Management dashboard. With FMLA abuse and absenteeism on the rise, many employers are grasping for a solution that fits their unique needs but also helps to simplify the administrative burden and relieve the pressure off of their staff. With our

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How HR Can Use Technology to Stay in Touch

March 7th, 2017

Although we live in a connected age when everyone can reach each other through emails, texts and various social media channels, the quality is just as important as the quantity. How can HR use technology, not just as an end in itself but to increase connections between staff and management? Fortunately, the SHRM Foundation, an

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An Employer’s Guide to COBRA

March 7th, 2017

Losing their jobs can be a big financial hit for employees, but losing health benefits can be catastrophic. But the U.S. government has passed the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, commonly called COBRA, which gives some terminated workers the right to temporarily – for 18 months – continue participating in their former employer’s group health

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Reap the Benefits of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

March 7th, 2017

In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed an extension to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps match employers with qualifying candidates, such as veterans, and provides a tax incentive for continued employment. What do you need to know about WOTC and how it can affect you and your business? Here are some basics. Qualifying veterans. To

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How Employee Assistance Programs Can Help

March 7th, 2017

Employee assistance programs are worksite-based programs and resources designed to benefit both employers and employees. EAPs address productivity issues — job performance can be affected when employees have personal concerns. By squarely dealing with the prevention, identification and resolution of issues, EAPs can put workers’ health at center stage for the good of both the

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4 Things Business Owners Must Know About Payroll Tax

March 7th, 2017

1. Extra compensation must be carefully timed. Incentivizing employees with bonuses is a great way to boost performance, and it’s important that the bonus checks are distributed at the same time that payroll taxes are paid. Otherwise, you could be subject to a penalty. The same goes for overtime payments. 2. Tax laws differ from

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