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3 Employer Strategies for Saving Big on Health Insurance

In Arizona, between 80-85% of an employer’s health insurance premium is used by the insurer to pay claims. Companies looking to make a serious dent in health insurance costs need to focus on solutions that help reduce the insurer’s claim spend. Here are the 3 areas that have the[…]

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Arizona Paid Sick Leave: 5 Tips for Employers

There are no federal laws currently in the United States that require employers to provide paid sick leave for their employees. However as a growing trend, states across the country are continuing to enact their own paid sick leave laws. In recent years, 10 states and the District[…]

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Arizona SB 1441: 4 Things Employers Need To Know

Nothing sours an employee on the company medical plan quicker than large unexplained medical bills following a serious health crisis. Often while trying to recover from a surgery or other traumatic health event, employees find themselves weeding through endless medical bills they don’t understand. Financial worries on top[…]

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Marijuana Impairment & Employee Termination: 9 Legal Tips for Employers

In recent months an increasing number of employers have approached me with questions related to medical marijuana in the workplace. The common theme is employees testing positive for marijuana following a workplace accident and/or injury, yet employers remain fuzzy when it comes to their legal right to discipline[…]

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Government Shutdown: New E-Verify Rules; Other Impacts for Employers

The current partial government shutdown—which has been in effect since Dec. 22, 2018—is the longest shutdown in U.S. history. Unlike past shutdowns, the government is not completely closed. However, due to the prolonged nature of the shutdown, some employers are starting to feel its effects. Here is an[…]

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2019 Minimum Wage Rates by State

As we head into a brand new year employers will need to ensure their payroll systems and employee poster notices have been updated with the new minimum wage rates now in effect across the country. The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. However, many states[…]

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IRS Announcement: New Deadline for Reporting Employee Health Coverage

Each year at this time I like to revisit for employers the deadlines for reporting employee health coverage to the IRS. The fines for late filings are hefty so it’s important that companies ensure they’re on track early in January. In November, 2018 the IRS issued Notice 2018-94,[…]

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IRS Announces Increase to Employer Penalties in 2019

If you’re a large employer, meaning one who employs more than 50 full time equivalents, then by now you are very familiar with the laws surrounding the IRS requirement to offer affordable health insurance to full time employees. Beginning in 2014, the IRS issued a mandate requiring all[…]

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IRS Announcement: 2019 Cost of Living Increases

November 1, 2018 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced cost of living adjustments applicable to dollar limitations for qualified retirement plans, and other limits for tax year 2019. Some limits remain unchanged from 2018. Human Resource Managers, Third Party Administrators (TPAs) and[…]

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