Measles Outbreak…Are You Ready?

Given the recent measles outbreak and state of emergency declared in Rockland County, New York, what steps are you taking to prepare for the possibility of a case within your workplace or community? As an employer, you have a responsibility to protect your employees from health and safety hazards, and part of that responsibility includes being… Continue reading Measles Outbreak…Are You Ready?

New Trend In Benefits

Combined with rising tuition costs, more people are attending college than ever before. Millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—are the most educated generation in U.S. history. Sixty-one percent of millennials have attended college compared to 46 percent of baby boomers. That education, though, has come at a high price. The class of 2017 graduated with an average of $39,500 in student debt.
In addition to mounting student debt, millennials entered the job market in the aftermath of the recession. As a result, they had fewer job opportunities and many millennials accepted jobs at lower starting salaries—leaving them with less money than previous generations.

Austin Team Earns Certified School Risk Manager Credentials!

We are proud to announce that an unprecedented 19 team members at our firm have recently earned the “Certified School Risk Manager” designation.  For several years, our Property & Casualty team has studied and tested in an intensive risk management curriculum to earn their “CSRM” certification.  The coursework is specific to school risks, and is… Continue reading Austin Team Earns Certified School Risk Manager Credentials!

EEO-1 Pay Data Collection Requirement Reinstated

On March 4, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling in National Women’s Law Center v. Office of Management and Budget (Civil Action No. 17-cv-2458) vacating: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) stay of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) revised EEO-1 form; and “Stay the Effectiveness of the EEO-1 Pay Data Collection”, 82… Continue reading EEO-1 Pay Data Collection Requirement Reinstated

IRS Allows Employers to Recover Mistaken HSA Contributions

The IRS recently released an information letter describing circumstances that would allow an employer to recover contributions mistakenly made to its employees’ HSAs. Previously, IRS guidance allowed employers to recover HSA contributions in very limited situations, such as when the contribution exceeded the applicable annual limit. The new guidance also allows employers to recover HSA… Continue reading IRS Allows Employers to Recover Mistaken HSA Contributions

EEO-1 Filling Deadline Extended to May 31, 2019

On February 1st the EEOC confirmed that the deadline for submission will be extended from March 31, 2019 to May 31, 2019. Private employers with 100 or more employees, including independent schools, are required to complete this filing. If you need additional information on filing, please visit the EEOC website. Austin & Co.’s HR Consultants provide a… Continue reading EEO-1 Filling Deadline Extended to May 31, 2019

ACA Individual Mandate Penalty No Longer Applies

The ACA’s individual mandate penalty no longer applies, beginning in 2019. Individuals will still need to certify on their 2018 tax return (filed in early 2019) whether they complied with the individual mandate for 2018. Impact on Years Prior to 2019 Although the ‎tax ‎reform ‎bill eliminates ‎the ACA’s ‎individual mandate penalty, this repeal did… Continue reading ACA Individual Mandate Penalty No Longer Applies