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?
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.
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!
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
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
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
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a $100 million plan that he said would provide affordable “healthcare for all,” reaching about 600,000 people, including undocumented immigrants, low-income residents not enrolled in Medicaid and young workers whose current plans are too expensive. The plan dubbed “NYC Care,” will offer public health insurance on a sliding… Continue reading New York City Health Care for All
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
If your organization employs individuals who are vital to its success, key-person life insurance or key-person disability insurance can help protect you from chaos caused by their abrupt absence. These insurance solutions can give your organization options other than immediate bankruptcy should you lose your company’s key person or people without warning. Many organizations can… Continue reading Who Needs Key-person Life or Disability Coverage?
On December 14th a federal judge ruled in Texas v. United States that the entire ACA is invalid due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. Following this decision, the White House announced that the ACA will remain in place pending appeal. Therefore, all requirements pertaining to employers, including the employer mandate (“play or pay”)… Continue reading ACA Remains the Same Following Texas Court Ruling