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Employers Need to Start Using New I-9 Form

Employers Need to Start Using New I-9 Form

 The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released an updated Form I-9. Employers are encouraged to begin using this form immediately and must begin using it no later than September 18, 2017, or face potentially large fines. You can download the new form here. Form I-9, is the document that verifies the identity of new hires and ensures they are authorized to work in the United States. The new version includes changes to the form’s instructions and list of acceptable documents, which were created with the supposed goal... Read More

Bill to Offer Comp Time Advances to Senate

Bill to Offer Comp Time Advances to Senate

While comp time, also known as compensatory time, has long been a common practice for many federal and state employers, it has not been allowed for private employers. The Working Families Flexibility Act is set to change that. The Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to allow comp time for certain employees, if certain conditions are met. This bill (also known as H.R. 1180), will authorize private employers to offer compensatory time instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours per week.... Read More

Do You Know the Risks of Using Drones for Business?

Do You Know the Risks of Using Drones for Business

While the military and hobbyists have been using unmanned aerial systems (UAS), better known as drones, for some time, businesses are now finding a myriad of uses for them. Drones are creating new opportunities—and new risks—for businesses, and regulators and insurance carriers are  working hard to keep abreast. Are you using drones in your business? Have you made yourself aware of the risks of using drones for business and addressed those risks with your insurance broker? Here are some of the things you need to know. Regulation The FAA considers... Read More

Change in Leadership May Signal Changes for Obamacare

Change in Leadership May Signal Changes for Obamacare

With new leadership on the horizon for our country, one thing we can be certain of is change. One of the most talked about and contested changes has been the possibility of changes for Obamacare, more formally known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Donald Trump has announced many times that he plans to repeal Obamacare and “replace it with something better.” Just last week Senate Republicans introduced a budget resolution that would allow it to be repealed with a simple Senate majority. There is increasing pressure to vote quickly... Read More

What Every Employer Must Know About Their Group Health Plans

What Every Employer Must Know About Their Group Health Plans

Open enrollment for 2017 insurance plans is just around the corner. If you haven’t already started preparing for your employees’ enrollment in the 2017 group health plans, it’s definitely time to get started. Do you know what you need to know for a successful open enrollment this year?     What Do You Need to Know as an Employer for Open Enrollment? Do you have a grandfathered plan? Knowing whether or not you have a grandfathered plan is critical to making sure you are following the right guidelines. It’s also... Read More

Protect Your Right to Choose Your Healthcare–Vote No On Amendment 69

Vote No on Colorado Amendment 69

Election time is just around the corner, and this election is critical not only to our country’s future, but to Colorado’s future as well. We’re not talking about just the presidential election, but there is a proposed constitutional amendment that Coloradoans must vote on this year that could impact our state forever. This is Amendment 69, also known as ColoradoCare. It proposes that we allow the state of Colorado to take over our healthcare and make it a government entity. If Amendment 69 passes Colorado’s state budget will increase by... Read More

How to Make it Through a DOL Audit

How to Make it Through a DOL Audit

At any given time, your company could be selected for a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) civil investigation (commonly known as an audit) to make sure your employee benefit plans are in compliance. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) establishes standards governing the operation of employee benefit plans and grants the DOL investigative authority. In the past, DOL audits of employee benefit plans have focused primarily on retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans. Now that the DOL has started enforcing compliance with the Affordable Care Act, health... Read More

Colorado Grants New Protection for Pregnant Women

Colorado Grants New Protection for Pregnant Women

New Law Applies to Both Employees & Applicants Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on June 1 that makes it an unfair employment practice if an employer fails to provide reasonable accommodations to a pregnant job applicant or an employee for conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law goes into effect on Wednesday, August 10. This new provision within the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant job applicants, or be subject to discrimination claims if the employer does not provide reasonable accommodation or otherwise discriminates against... Read More

Summary Plan Description–What You Need to Know

Have you provided your employees with their copy of your Summary Plan Description yet? Did you know that all group health plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) are required to provide participants with a Summary Plan Description (SPD)? Do you even know what an SPD is?   What is a Summary Plan Description? An SPD is a document that you must provide to employees participating in your healthplan that explains the plan’s benefits, claims review procedures and their rights. And it needs to be written in... Read More