President Trump Orders Review of Fiduciary Duty Rule

DOL to Consider Delaying the Rule’s Applicability President Trump has issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to examine the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Duty Rule to determine whether the rule may adversely affect individuals’ abilities to gain access to retirement information and financial advice. In response to the memorandum, the DOL […]

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TAX UPDATE: Updated IRS Publication 560 Now Available; What Employees Need to Do With Form 1095-C

Publication Discusses Retirement Plans The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an updated Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business for use in preparing 2016 returns. Background Publication 560 discusses retirement plans that employers can set up and maintain for themselves and their employees. The publication covers the following types of retirement plans: SEP (simplified […]

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California: Rules for Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Create New Obligations

Rules Affect Many Health Care Facilities California has passed new rules, generally effective April 1, 2017, regarding workplace violence prevention in the health care industry. Highlights of the rules are presented below: Applicability. The rules generally apply to work in certain health care facilities, service categories, and operations (including home health care). Workplace Violence Prevention […]

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IRS Renews Warning about Form W-2 Scam Targeting Payroll and Human Resources Departments

Scam Targets Taxpayers’ Personal Information The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has renewed its warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 (and other sensitive employee information) from company payroll or human resources departments. Background The W-2 scam first appeared last year. Cybercriminals tricked payroll and human resources […]

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Believe it or not: The ‘Coverage for Dummies’ Hall of Fame- Dumb things, done by dumb people, that result in crazy claims.

For the past eight Januaries I have published an article called “Coverage for Dummies.” It’s a review of the most notable cases, from the year just concluded involving people who did, well, really dumb stuff, and then turned around and sought insurance coverage for their consequences. Liability insurance is, by definition, a product that provides […]

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Reminder: ACA Information Reporting Deadlines Approaching

Certain Employers Required to Electronically File Returns Employers subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) information reporting requirements are reminded that the deadlines to file and furnish Forms 1094 and 1095 are quickly approaching. The reporting deadlines in 2017 are for reporting information on the 2016 calendar year, and are as follows: Applicable large employers […]

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Game of drones: Liability and insurance coverage issues coming

If the Night’s Watch had been able to purchase a cheap camera-equipped drone, Jon Snow might have noticed the Night’s King and his army of White Walkers before they surprised and overran the Wildings’ camp in Season 5 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Originally a tool developed exclusively for military operations, drones now hover at the horizon […]

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San Francisco: Paid Parental Leave Ordinance Poster and Other Resources Now Available

New San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Poster Also Available The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) has released, along with additional compliance resources, the required poster that covered employers must display under the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO). A new San Francisco Paid Sick Leave poster is also available. Background Effective as of […]

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Tonight, ARIS Is Up For Santa Clarita Chamber Small Business of the Year!

Tonight, the Santa Clarita Chamber’s Awards and Gala Installation Benefit will be announcing the winner of Small Business of the Year Award. Applied Resource Insurance Solutions is 1 of 3 nominees. Our Marketing Director, Maggie-Mae Laufman will be present at the gala this evening, and hopefully we bring home a win! Wish us luck!

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OSHA Releases Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs

Recommendations Intended for Certain Employers The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a set of Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs intended to assist employers in creating workplaces that are free from retaliation. Recommended Practices The recommendations are intended to apply to all public and private sector employers covered by whistleblower protection laws […]

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