Entries by Becky Stidham

FINAL FORMS FOR 2017 ACA REPORTING RELEASED

Click Here to Download the Full Article: Final Forms for 2017 ACA Reporting Released 10-5-17 On Sept. 28, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final 2017 forms for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. 2017 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C (and related instructions) are used by applicable large employers (ALEs) to […]

143 Million People Potentially Affected in Equifax Data Breach

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States, was recently the victim of a massive cyber attack—an attack that may have compromised the personal information of 143 million people. The breach itself occurred between mid-May and July 2017 when cyber criminals gained access to sensitive data by exploiting a weak point […]

Donating to Disasters and Avoiding Scams

Hurricane Harvey is the strongest storm to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004. News of the damage it has caused to southeastern Texas is prompting people to help in whatever ways they can. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people who prey upon people’s good intentions, creating fake charity campaigns to exploit […]

Financial Assistance Planning

Many people struggle with financial planning. Surveys reveal that as many as two-thirds of employees admit that worrying about their personal financial situations negatively affects their health. Stepping in with financial planning assistance as a voluntary benefit for your employees can help ease their stress, contributing to higher employee morale and productivity. What Are Financial […]

IRS CONFIRMS ACA MANDATE PENALTIES STILL EFFECTIVE

OVERVIEW The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Chief Counsel has recently issued several information letters regarding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual and employer mandate penalties. These letters clarify that: Employer shared responsibility penalties continue to apply for applicable large employers (ALEs) that fail to offer acceptable health coverage to their full-time employees (and […]

Snapchat “Snap Map” Safety

What is Snap Map? Introduced in a June 2017 update, Snap Map allows users to share their exact location with friends within the Snapchat app. Snap Map gathers location data using a smartphone’s GPS sensor and displays the time of day an individual is at a specific location and his or her speed of travel. […]

Tips for Preventing or Reducing Workplace Violence

Statistics show that violence continues to be a problem in the workplace. Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment for both their employees and their visitors and to not negligently hire or retain potentially violent employees. The following tips will help you prevent or reduce workplace violence. Hiring Process The following strategies […]

Hiring Youth Workers

Youth Workers Hiring youth workers—many times to fill seasonal positions—can be an integral component to your organization’s hiring plan. Early work experience can also be a great opportunity for teenagers to learn important skills. To promote positive and safe work experiences, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has a series of regulations relating to the […]

LIVE WELL WORK WELL – Surviving the Heat

SURVIVING THE SUMMER HEAT Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable—it can be a threat to your health, especially for older adults and children. Whatever your age, do not let the summer heat get the best of you. Heat Exhaustion Heat exhaustion occurs when a person cannot sweat enough to cool the body, usually the […]