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 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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IRS Releases Further Guidance on the COBRA Premium Assistance Subsidy

April 2nd, 2009

Published April 2009 On March 31, 2009, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Notice 2009-27 providing extensive guidance on a number of different areas regarding the COBRA assistance premium subsidy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”). The Notice contains a brief background explanation with fifty-eight (58) questions and answers. In the

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The ABC’s for an EEOC Complaint

April 2nd, 2009

Published April 2009 According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), during the 2008 fiscal year, the number of workplace discrimination charge filings jumped 15 percent compared to the prior year resulting in 95,402 filings. The EEOC enforces discriminatory employment laws, such as discrimination based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. While

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How the new FMLA regulations affect your company

April 1st, 2009

Published April 2009 The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently issued new regulations providing some interpretation of FMLA , which took effect on January 16, 2009. These regulations were intended to provide clarity to workers and employers regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Act. So what does this mean for employers? It provided clarity

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The COBRA Subsidy is Coming

March 1st, 2009

Published March 2009 As you may know, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, a.k.a. the Economic Stimulus Package) offers a 65% COBRA subsidy for up to 9 months to employees who lose their jobs between 9/1/2008 and 12/31/2009 and meet other eligibility requirements. The purpose of the COBRA subsidy within ARRA is

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IRS notice regarding COBRA premium assistance payments credit and 941 form

March 1st, 2009

Published March 2009 IR-2009-15, Feb. 26, 2009 WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today released new detailed information that will help employers claim credit for the COBRA medical premiums they pay for their former employees. The IRS unveiled new information on this Web site, IRS.gov, that includes an extensive set of questions and answers for

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Important Update: Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act – New 2009 Reporting Requirements for your Health Plan and HRA

March 1st, 2009

Published March 2009 Important Update: Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act – New 2009 Reporting Requirements for your Health Plan and HRA On March 6, 2009 CMS granted an extension for the Section 111 reporting of HRA’s. Below is an excerpt regarding this extension taken directly from the GHP User Guide Version 2.2 dated March 6,

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BASIC’s Claim Processing Cycle

March 1st, 2009

Published March 2009 Our Customer Service Representatives are often asked about our process and timeframe for processing FSA and HRA claims. Although we process claims every business day, the standard processing cycle from the time the claim is received by BASIC and the participant receives payment is typically 4 business days, 2 days of this

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