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Reminder: Medicare Part D Notice Due Before October 15

Model Notices Available Online In preparation for the Medicare fall open enrollment period, employers sponsoring group health plans that include prescription drug coverage are required to notify all Medicare-eligible individuals whether such coverage is creditable (i.e., that the coverage is expected to pay, on average, as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage). Written Disclosure to […]

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Employee Spotlight: Maggie-Mae Laufman

Our Marketing Director, Maggie-Mae Laufman What’s a secret talent that no one knows about you?  I am a ventriloquist. I can talk with my mouth closed, which is hilarious to hear and watch. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?  My grandmother Dolores, My Aunt Paige, My […]

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U.S. District Court Strikes Down 2016 Federal Overtime Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has invalidated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2016 overtime rule, which sought to alter the salary level needed for executive, administrative, and professional employees to be deemed exempt from federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. While this court ruling is likely to end […]

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Upcoming EEO-1 Report Will Not Contain Pay Data Collection

Race, Ethnicity & Gender Reporting Requirement to Remain in Effect The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that the upcoming EEO-1 reporting form will not contain pay data collection information. Upcoming EEO-1 Report  In July of 2016, the EEOC changed the EEO-1 reporting form requirements, so that private employers with 100 or more employees and certain federal […]

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DOL and IRS Issue Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Estimated Tax Payment, Retirement Plan & COBRA Relief Granted The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued several forms of relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Highlights of this relief include: Extension for Estimated Tax Payments: Businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey will have until January 31, 2018to make quarterly estimated […]

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Employee Spotlight: Betsy Keesler

Our Benefits Broker, Betsy Keesler What was the best concert you ever attended?  Pat Benetar What are you currently watching on Netflix?  Call The Midwife, The 4400, Orange Is The New Black, and The Crown If you could go anywhere in the world that you’ve never been, where would you go?  England, Ireland, and Scotland […]

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IRS Warns of New Phishing Scam

Ransomware Scheme Impersonates IRS and FBI The IRS has issued an urgent warning about a new email phishing scheme that uses IRS and FBI emblems to entice users into clicking a link to download a fake FBI questionnaire. The link downloads ransomware, which prevents users from accessing data from their devices unless they pay the […]

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Employee Spotlight: Bryan Hummitzsch

Our President, Bryan Hummitzsch What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?  Training our puppy to do tricks. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?  A secret Service agent for the President. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?  Guinness Beer Stew in Dublin, Ireland. What are some of […]

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Top 3 Emerging Benefits

Use Popular Benefits to Lure Top Talent Benefits are a key factor in attracting and holding onto the best and brightest people for your organization. To make sure you’re keeping up with the competition, consider offering these emerging popular benefits to your employees. Telemedicine and On-Site Clinics: Millennials demand and value convenience, in health care […]

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Protect Your Organization This Hurricane Season

Tips on Preparing Your Business for a Natural Disaster With the start of peak Atlantic hurricane season this month comes the risk of losing essential business records, files, and other materials to floods or damaging winds. To reduce your damage costs and hasten your return to normal business operations, follow the following tips from the […]

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