Friday, 17 March 2017 14:13

American Health Care Act

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On March 9, 2017 the House approved the American Health Care Act—to replace tax elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—by a vote of 23-16. The Act suggests various amendments to the current Affordable Care Act in place including: reducing employer mandate penalty, reducing individual mandate penalty, creating a continuous coverage requirement surcharge, delaying excise tax, repealing health insurance tax, repealing increase on Health Saving Account tax, and repealing limits on Flexible Spending Account limits. There are aspects of the Affordable Care Act that will stay in tax with this proposed Act. Read more here

General industry employers now have a new OSHA rule to follow regarding walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards.  This rule covers all general industry employers which are employers that are not in agriculture, construction or maritime. The rule updates standards and adds training and inspection requirements to slip, trip and fall hazards as well as adding a new section for personal protection standards requiring employers to use specific personal fall protection systems. Employers will be required to protect workers from fall hazards that are at least 4 feet above a lower level and sets requirements for fall protection as well as ladder safety.  Employers will be benefited under this rule by having a choice of a range of specific fall protection options.

Monday, 27 February 2017 16:26

Fairness in the Workplace

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We’ve all heard it before: a young child upset by something yells, “That’s not fair!” to which his parents reply, “Life’s not fair; get used to it.” While this tactic may often be utilized by parents, it’s probably not one that will get you very far with your employees. As a Denver PEO that has been in business for decades, we have seen a fair number of workplace disputes that were cultivated because of unfairness in the workplace. Here is what you need to know about fairness in the workplace.

The 21st Century Cures Act, that was signed late last year and took effect on January 1st, 2017, has a provision included that reinstates using “stand-alone” Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), allowing small employers to fund employees individual purchased health coverage. “Stand-alone” HRAs are HRAs created that are not part of or attached to any employer sponsored health insurance offering. This is great news for small employers that are looking for ways to help their employees with the cost of health coverage but are not able to purchase a group health plan.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 11:37

Scam season is upon us!

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It is the time of year that people are getting tax documents in the mail and the various scam artists are trying to get people to give them information over the phone or via email. StaffScapes would like to take a moment to remind you of a few things that will help you protect yourself from these scams.

As the IRS states for their consumer alerts, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”

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