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OSHA’s Top 10 2018 Violations | Pennsylvania Employee Benefits

OSHA released a preliminary list of its top 10 cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018) last week at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Houston. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OHSA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list, encouraging employers to use it as … Continued

Are You Ready for Election Day? | PA Benefits Advisors

Election Day is next Tuesday, November 6. Do you know what provisions, if any, you must make to accommodate your employees’ rights to vote? Time off for voting is not a federal requirement; however, 30 states have voting leave laws impacting the workplace. These state laws vary significantly. Not all leave is required to be … Continued

What We’re Reading – September 2018 | PA Benefits Firm

We scour the web for interesting and actionable HR news and information, so you don’t have to. Here are 10 curated stories that caught our attention this month. Please Say Yes In today’s tight labor market, it’s becoming increasingly common for candidates to turn down offers. There are three key changes you can make to … Continued

Redesigned W-4 Form to Launch in 2020 | Pennsylvania Benefits Firm

When will the new Form W-4 be released? In 2020, according to a press release published by the Treasury Department on September 20, 2018. The department announced that the IRS will implement a redesigned W-4 form for tax year 2020, a timeline that will allow for continued work to refine the new approach for the … Continued

DataSmart Solutions Announces Sister Company | Pennsylvania Employee Benefits

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jon Prince (435) 865-4110 DataSmart Solutions Announces Sister Company Helena, MT (September 12, 2018) – Benefit consultants throughout the U.S. healthcare industry have long awaited a product with the simplicity of an all-in-one solution and the excellence of a platform composed of leading service providers. DataSmart Solutions (DSS), an acclaimed … Continued

Looking Backward to Plan Forward | PA Employee Benefits Firm

As you begin your research into which plan to choose or even how much to contribute to your Health Savings Account (HSA), consider evaluating how you used your health plan last year. Looking backward can actually help you plan forward and make the most of your health care dollars for the coming year.

Hurricane Season has Begun | PA Benefits Firm

Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas on Friday, September 14. Meteorologists are predicting the Category 4 storm may pack winds up to 130 MPH and bring heavy rains and flooding. In addition to immediate concern for safety and the impact on business operations, employers are likely to have questions — now and in the … Continued

Healthcare Tax Repeal | Pennsylvania Benefits Firm

Recently, the President signed a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate (the tax penalty imposed on individuals who are not enrolled in health insurance). While some are praising this action, there are others who are concerned with its aftermath. So how does this affect you and why should you pay attention to this … Continued

New Federal Contract Compliance Directives | Duncansville Benefits Firm

  On August 24, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced the following three directives: Guidance for Contractor Compensation Practices: Directive 2018-05 clarifies the OFCCP’s approach to conducting compensation evaluations, supports compliance and compensation self-analyses by contractors, and improves compensation analysis consistency and efficiency during compliance evaluations. Contractor Recognition … Continued

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