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Supreme Court Upholds Tax Subsidies for ACA

The Supreme Court [recently] announced that it had ruled in favor of the Obama administration in the case called King v. Burwell. The Supreme Court’s decision (by a 6-3 vote, with Chief Justice Roberts writing the opinion) confirms that tax credits used to subsidize the cost of health insurance coverage for low-income individuals who purchase coverage will be available through…

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Bad company policy proved to be costly

A bad company policy, which led to poor reasoning for making a hiring decision, just cost Abercrombie & Fitch seven years in court battling a lawsuit, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in punitive and compensatory damages. In June 2008, 17-yr-old Samantha Elauf interviewed for a position at Abercrombie Kids in Tulsa, OK. Although she was nervous to do so,…

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My employee just brought new ID for the I-9. Now what?

If you’ve hired new employees recently, you know the hassle that sometimes accompanies the requirement for employees to bring their appropriate documentation (within three days of being hired) to complete Form I-9. But what do you do when an employee comes to you with new documentation and says the previous ID used was fake? According to guidance provided to employers…

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Preventing security breaches – what YOU can do

More and more news headlines have business owners concerned about their own company’s data security measures. The good news is that, according to a recent study by CompTia.org, the majority of data security breaches are caused by human error, meaning they can be prevented. Here are five tips to prevent your company from being the next data breach target. Intel…

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Why You Should be Paying a $70K Minimum Wage

By now, you’ve probably heard the headline of the Seattle CEO who decided to raise his company’s minimum wage to $70,000 a year. His company, Gravity, has roughly 70 employees and processes credit card payments for businesses, currently paying an average salary of $48,000 a year. While some people think he’s out of his mind, company employees are ecstatic. Here…

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Wrestling with the ACA

It’s been over five years since the ACA (Affordable Care Act) was signed into law and business owners and managers are still struggling with the heavy list of compliance requirements. “The ACA has made benefits much more complicated than they ever were before,” said Sally Roberts, Director of HR at Morris Communications Company, at a recent House subcommittee meeting. So…

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Unions Soon Coming to Small Businesses

Small companies don’t usually come to mind when you hear about employees wanting to unionize. In fact, most people associate unions with jobs in government, manufacturing, professional sports, or Hollywood. However, if you’re a small business owner, you need to be aware of the “Ambush Election Rule” that went into effect on April 14, 2015, which may boost union participation,…

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