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The Affordable Care Act: Employer Penalties on the Rise

Penalties for failure to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provisions for the 2017 and 2018 tax years are expected to rise. Even if employers that failed to comply with the law have not yet received penalty notices, they are coming. The IRS has announced that penalty notices for the 2015 tax year will [...]

By | 2017-11-15T16:24:41+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Industry Insights, Policy and Regulation|0 Comments

Sheakley Workforce Management is Adding Safety Staffing to Sheakley’s Suite of HR Services

Sheakley now offers Safety Management Staffing! This product will provide part-time, temp-to-hire, and direct placement of experienced, industry specific safety professionals to clients in the construction, healthcare, pharmaceutical, industrial/manufacturing, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, and mining industries. Sheakley Workforce Management provides: Careful evaluation of the scope of each project to match the best [...]

By | 2017-11-06T09:01:08+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Blog, Industry Insights, Sheakley News|0 Comments

The New 2018 Plan Limits

On October 19, 2017, the IRS announced the 2018 limits that impact retirement and other benefit plans. Please see the below chart for you reference which includes the 2016 & 2017 limits for historical reference. Limits that are different from last year are bold and italicized. Compensation Limits and Cost of Living Increases Applicable [...]

By | 2017-10-19T16:55:05+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Industry Insights, Policy and Regulation|0 Comments

Are You Depositing Your Company’s 401(k) Contributions on Time?

Although the Department of Labor (DOL) regulations became final on January 14, 2010, the late deposit of employee salary deferral contributions and loan repayments continue to be the number one compliance issue the IRS finds when auditing a plan, and a focus of the DOL. The regulation stipulates a Safe Harbor for the deposit of [...]

By | 2017-09-20T11:50:53+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Industry Insights, Policy and Regulation|0 Comments

What is Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $15K Medical-Only Program?

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) 15K Medical-Only Program offers employers the opportunity to pay up to the first $15,000 in medical and pharmacy bills for medical only claims. By directly paying the medical expenses, employers may potentially lower their workers’ compensation premiums. Once enrolled in the program, any claim from enrollment date forward will [...]

By | 2017-08-31T12:05:33+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Industry Insights, Policy and Regulation|0 Comments

What is the Offsite Return to Work or Modified Duty Offsite Program?

Do you struggle with providing light duty work restrictions for your employees? Can you imagine providing light duty options for almost 100% of your workforce? Many industries such as construction, manufacturing, transportation and staffing struggle with return-to-work options for their employees. Lifting and sitting restrictions are one of the leading work limitations that prevent the [...]

By | 2017-08-31T16:57:11+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Industry Insights|0 Comments

How Important is it to Meet COBRA Obligations?

Below is a great example of why it is important to meet COBRA obligations and why it's important to keep accurate records. In July 2014 Paul Debene (Debene) was terminated from his position at BayCare Purchasing Partners (BayCare), for violating BayCare's conflict of interest policies. After his termination, Debene inquired about his health insurance, since [...]

By | 2017-08-10T11:50:31+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Industry Insights, Policy and Regulation|0 Comments