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



Are You Ready for the New Overtime Rules?

October 6th, 2016

Are You Ready for the New Overtime Rules?   The deadline for the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new final overtime rule is scheduled to be December 1, 2016. While CFOs at most large U.S. companies have been working overtime themselves to prepare for the changes, many small and midsize firms haven’t been as quick to react.Current

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A Review of The Child Bereavement Leave Act – Illinois

September 1st, 2016

Anyone who has ever had to take time for bereavement will tell you that the traditional allotted amount of time for this is not enough.  There are tons of other factors that need to be taken into account with the loss of any loved one.  The State of Illinois has taken one step in the

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Employer Proved COBRA Notice WAS Mailed to Employee

August 26th, 2016

In a recent case, a federal district court ruled that an employer didn’t violate the Comprehensive Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) — even though an employee who resigned from the company claimed that she never received notices that she was entitled to continue her health insurance benefits. Under the law: A plan administrator is required to

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DOL Announces Increased Civil Penalties for Violations of Federal Laws

August 26th, 2016

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued interim final rules that will increase civil penalties assessed to employers for willful violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and child labor provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and civil penalties in the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). There will also be increased penalties under other laws.

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Where FMLA and Overtime Intersect: Lucas Hernandez vs. Bridgestone

August 1st, 2016

As a valued client, we like to keep you in the loop with pertinent FMLA cases that come across our desks.  Many times you hear about these cases, they seem far-fetched and it’s easy to think the employer should have known better.  This one, not so much.  For most of you, overtime is an everyday

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Why YOU Should be Concerned with Absenteeism

July 25th, 2016

Absenteeism is one of the most common problems employers battle with in the workplace and without a doubt you face it too. Employee absenteeism can result from reasons like personal illness, personal needs, family issues, and stress or habitual absenteeism can result from reasons like poor morale or entitlement mentality. Regardless of the reason for the

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BASIC Expands Their Technology Division with Latest Acquisition

July 25th, 2016

Portage, MI. (July 13, 2016) – BASIC (Benefit Administrative Services International Corporation), the country’s leading provider for third-party employee benefits administration, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Gatekeepers Business Solutions, Inc. Established in 1989 and headquartered in Portage, Michigan, BASIC has grown into one of the largest third party administrators in the nation with offices

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New Overtime Rules Issued: What it Means for You

June 27th, 2016

A change in the rules governing overtime has been coming for two years, with a sneak preview of proposed modifications last year. But on May 18, the Department of Labor (DOL) came out with its new final rules, which take effect on December 1, 2016. The rules will significantly raise the salary level used to determine

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Meet Your Employee Review Goals with 360 Degree Feedback

June 27th, 2016

The 360-degree feedback mechanism (also called “multi-rater”) has been in use for decades, thus long enough that it’s been subjected to a battery of academic studies highlighting its benefits and pitfalls. The research has identified both. First, consider the limitations of the traditional supervisor-only evaluation, particularly for employees who work in teams or who have subordinates

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Why NAHU is Fighting to Save the Employer Exclusion

June 27th, 2016

Under construction in the US Congress, spearheaded by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), is a proposal that stands to limit or even eliminate employer tax exclusion on employer-sponsored health insurance. The employer exclusion allows an employer’s contributions to an employee’s health insurance to be excluded from that employee’s compensation for income and payroll

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