A new California state law, AB-5, becomes effective in January that clarifies if workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors. This classification will affect about 10% of the state’s workforce regarding wages and benefits.
The new ruling, which goes into effect January 1, 2020, updates the earning thresholds that are required to exempt employees from overtime pay requirements.
September is Suicide Awareness month — bringing attention to those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. How does suicide impact our workplaces?
With the current conflict between state, federal, and municipal laws governing CBD Oil and Marijuana, it’s more important than ever to stay abreast of current updates on this ever-changing topic.
The deadline for employee sexual harassment training mandated by the State of California’s SB 778 has been extended. Plan now to educate your employees by the new deadline by using MyHRConcierge’s HRCompli E-Learn service.
Does your small business need to file ACA Forms 1094 and 1095? It depends on the kind of insurance you offer your employees.
Getting Inspired by Industry Leaders In late June, John Yerger, my business partner, and I attended what some call “the best – and the biggest HR conference in the world,” the 2019 Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference. After our trip, we realized two things are crystal clear: Share Modern, New Ideas Out-of-the-box thinking […]
Are your I-9s in Order? You are likely aware of the largest single-state immigration raid in history that was performed on August 7, in Mississippi. This is further proof that employers hiring undocumented workers continues to be a hot topic. Worksite investigations focusing on I-9 enforcement increased 255% from FY 2017 to FY 2018. The […]
Get Inspired in the Modern Workplace By Big Ideas Have you wondered what the modern workplace forecast might be like for the future? In late June, John Yerger, my business partner, and I attended what some call “the best – and the biggest HR conference in the world,” the 2019 Society of Human Resource Management […]
EEOC Component 2 Deadline Approaches on September 30, 2019! On July 1st, 2019, the EEOC sent a letter by USPS notifying companies of the immediate reinstatement of the revised Componenet 2 EEO-1 collection for 2017 and 2018. Why is the EEOC important, you ask? Perhaps the most important role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission […]
Outsourcing HR needs is a smart answer for the new and more complex workplace Let’s face it, the workplace has changed. It’s our job as employers and human resource providers to adapt with it. Outsourcing HR is a smart option. In today’s environment of regulations and litigation, it is important to ensure that your company […]
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard arguments on a lower court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Find out where the ACA currently stands and if your business needs to continue to comply with the law.
Experience and Tenure Come Together to Strengthen the Experience of This New Director of Marketing. UNITED STATES, July 9, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ridgeland, MS—MyHRConcierge is proud to announce and welcome Gigi Turner as the Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy. Turner will be responsible for the firm’s marketing efforts and will serve as a liason for […]
HR basics help avoid employee turnover & avoid costly penalties It may be tempting to gloss over the importance of HR basics such as hiring procedures, I-9 procedures, handbook review and more, however, buying into the 3 common myths about HR compliance and ignoring these HR basics will mean financial risk for many employers in […]
Cybersecurity Teaches us to be Wary of Cyber Crime Small to medium-sized businesses are a cybersecurity target Cybersecurity is becoming a priority. Villains prey on small to medium business (SMBs) much more often than we realize. Nearly 70% of SMBs experienced a cyberattack in a 12-month period, according to The 2018 Ponemon Institute SMB Cybersecurity […]
Cybersecurity Tools can Arm Employees to Combat Cyber Villains Workers vital to curb steep cost of cybersecurity breaches No grocer – small or large – is immune to cybersecurity attacks. “80% of U.S. businesses expect a critical breach in 2019,” according to Trend Micro’s Cyber Risk Index (CRI). The consequences of a data breach to […]
The ICHRA provides employers a way to offer health care benefits to employees that do not count toward their taxable wages. The option also provides smaller employers a way to offer insurance without the administrative burden of offering a traditional medical plan.
MyHRConcierge has partnered with FMS Solutions in the 2019 Compensation and Benefits Survey. Grocers need to stay up to date and compliant with today’s complex labor laws. The 2019 Compensation and Benefits Survey summarizes operational findings for 156 food retailing companies and more than 5,000 stores. This survey offers a detailed look at pay ranges and provided benefits.
The IRS announced the annual limits on deductions for contributions to HSAs allowed to taxpayers in High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) for 2020.
The Department of Justice has proposed a new ruling affecting businesses who may be considered Joint Employers. Learn if your business may be affected.
Make sure you are compliant in your employee terminations and protect your business from costly litigation. Follow a prudent plan prior to terminating an employee. We’ve included an 8-step plan for properly terminating an employee below. You can also download this as an infographic. This graphic shows a high-level view of best practices for handling […]
The Affordable Care Act is being challenged in court. Are small to medium businesses still required to comply with the ACA? See the latest developments.
HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. If you’re involved in a franchise arrangement or use a staffing firm to hire seasonal or temporary workers, you’ll be interested in the proposal issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on April 1, to more clearly define joint employer status. […]
Original Component 2 Required Only Calendar Year 2018 On May 2, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that qualified employers must now submit calendar year 2017 pay data, as well as 2018 data, for Component 2 of the EEO-1 Survey by the filing date of September 30, 2019. Component 2 includes hours worked, […]
HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Making the decision to let an employee go can be difficult at best, and can expose grocers to legal action and fines at worst. However, employees that consistently violate policies or underperform are bad for business and the morale of […]
The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late 2019 on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 currently covers workplace discrimination based on LGBT identity. Learn what this may mean for employers.
The WOTC is a tax credit incentive offered by the government to incent employers to provide jobs to certain target groups, including U.S. Veterans.
The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a new ruling last month that affects whether employees are deemed eligible for overtime or not. The DOL has estimated the change will make more than 1 million employees eligible for overtime that are currently defined as exempt. If the ruling passes, some of the more important […]
No one looks forward to having to let an employee go. But, when it becomes clear that it is time to dismiss an underperforming or contentious employee, it is best to have a plan in place that protects business owners from discrimination or wrongful termination lawsuits.
MyHRC has partnered with FBG Partners to offer expert financial services, payroll processing services, tax management, and cloud-based time attendance solutions.
First EEO-1 Form Due Date Approaching Qualified employers must submit 2018 information for “Component 1” of the EEO-1 Survey by May 31, 2019 on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website. This part of the report requests the number of employees a business has by job category, race, gender and ethnicity. Employers may submit their […]
Stay Compliant with Mandatory Labor Law Poster Updates Many states will adjust their minimum wage annually in an effort to keep pace with the increasing cost of living. The chart below indicates minimum wage rate changes by state from 2018 to 2019. Employers are required to abide by minimum wage laws as determined by the State […]
DoJ Support of Federal Judge’s Ruling Leaves ACA Requirements Unchanged Despite the March 25th announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice is upholding a Texas federal judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional, the ACA currently remains in effect. DoJ Filing with Court of Appeals On December 14, 2018, district court judge Reed […]
We missed everyone at the IPPA Sales & Marketing Conference in Las Vegas! We tried like heck to get there. But, the “bomb cyclone” in the northeast cancelled flights across the country, including the ones we tried to hop for over 13 hours. What We Heard About the Conference The feedback MyHRC has received about […]
HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Grocers across the nation have many state and federal laws to keep up with throughout the year, and in 2019, they will need to ensure they stay diligent in their compliance with current laws and aware of those that are […]
Credits Milestone to Commitment to Personalized Customer Service Ridgeland, Mississippi (03/13/2019) – MyHRConcierge (MyHRC) announced its 10th anniversary as a leader in human resources compliance and administration services. Chris Cooley and John Yerger founded MyHRC in 2009 because they saw a real need among U.S. small to medium-sized business (SMB) owners for a simpler, more […]
Pending Regulation Would Make More Americans Eligible for Overtime Pay After months of speculation, the U. S. DOL has proposed an increase of the threshold for employees who are eligible for overtime pay. Currently, the Fair Standards Labor Act (FSLA) states that salaried employees, such as managers and other specialized employees, are exempt from being […]
Adds Additional HR Support Offering to Empower Client Efficiency San Antonio, TX and Ridgeland, MS (02/22/2019) – Execupay, Inc., a trusted leader in payroll and human capital management solutions for over 44 years, has partnered with MyHRConcierge (MyHRC), to offer HR compliance services to Execupay’s numerous small and medium-sized business (SMB) clients. MyHRC, a leader […]
Stay Compliant with Mandatory Labor Law Poster Updates Many states have issued mandatory Labor Law Poster updates between September 2018 and March 2019. If you need an updated labor poster, please CLICK HERE to order a current and fully-compliant Federal and State labor poster. STATE UPDATE DESCRIPTION MANDATORY POST DATE Michigan Minimum Wage + Paid […]
Form 1095-C Due to Employees by March 4 All Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must comply with 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) filing requirements according to Internal Revenue Service deadlines. The IRS deadline for providing 2018 health coverage 1095-C forms to employees is March 4, 2019. Other crucial ACA filing deadlines include filing Forms 1095-C and […]
HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Our company recently performed an HR survey, and 25 percent of the survey respondents noted a concern with their lack of a handbook or the compliance of their current handbook. Most grocers understand that it is important to have an […]
Adds HR Compliance Offering to Ease Burden for Independent Grocers MyHRConcierge (MyHRC), a leader in human resources management and administration services in the independent grocery industry, has partnered with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) to expand its business service offerings to UNFI’s customers across the U.S. UNFI will offer its customers an affordable way to […]
Redesign Improves Access to Industry News and HR Solutions RIDGELAND, Miss (02/06/2019) – MyHRConcierge (MyHRC), a leader in human resources compliance and administration services, announced today the launch of its newly designed website at myhrconcierge.com. The completely redesigned website features enriched content and improved functionality to guide users who are in search of solutions to […]
HRCompli E-Learn is the new online Learning Management System (LMS) from MyHRConcierge that facilitates Human Resources and Safety training for employees and managers through professionally-produced videos with interactive quizzes for a quality learning experience. Improve your employees’ understanding of company policies and proper conduct at work with HRCompli E-Learn. Human Resources and Safety training programs […]
HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. As we begin a new year in 2019 and approach the end of a decade, the grocery industry and the workplace in general is changing and growing at an unprecedented rate. By the year 2020, there will be five generations […]
HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Independent grocers are all too familiar with the challenges they face on a daily basis regarding the rapidly evolving supermarket industry, including competition from conventional grocery giants, changing technology, and managing cash flows amidst food deflation and increased labor costs. […]
MyHRConcierge and BenefitMall held a webinar providing answers to common Human Resource questions in order to ensure that your business is compliant in 2019.
HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. According to the 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse performed by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), occupational fraud schemes drain business owners around the world of billions of dollars in revenue each year. The ACFE Report to the Nations is […]
By DeAnna Martindale, Director of Sales and Operations, Time Rack You don’t have to be a retailer to feel a little stress around staffing levels as the holiday season approaches. Small and mid-sized businesses of every variety have their own version of the holiday crush, managing a blizzard of requests for time off amid other […]
HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Most of us experienced or witnessed bullying on the playground as kids, but many small and medium business owners are unaware of how prevalent bullying currently is in the workplace, and how corrosive it can be to the work […]
New Marketing Leader Brings B2B Marketing Experience, Broader Work Perspective to Role RIDGELAND, Miss. (10/04/18) – MyHRConcierge (MyHRC), a leader in human resources and workforce management solutions, hired Jennifer Tomlinson in September as its Marketing Director. Ms. Tomlinson brings a wide range of experience in B2B marketing to the role, along with a broad perspective […]
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Order Updated, Compliant Federal and State Labor Law Posters Below is a chart outlining the labor law poster updates for August and September 2018. If you have a need to update your labor poster, you can CLICK HERE to order an updated Federal and State compliant poster. Status Codes M = Mandatory Update Required Non […]
HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Many independent grocers we’ve spoken with have either recently purchased or will soon be purchasing new stores. Whether you are evaluating a potential acquisition or preparing for a merger, HR (human resources) is a crucial, yet often overlooked, consideration. […]
Watch our COBRA Compliance webinar that provides insight into 4 common mistakes business owners make when administering COBRA benefits.
MyHRConcierge updates our list of state employment law changes for July 2018. Some of these changes include minimum wage hikes and updates to policies on family and medical leave, pregnancy accommodations, immigration, and franchisee rules.
Below is a chart outlining the labor law poster updates for June and July 2018. If you have a need to update your labor poster, you can CLICK HERE to order an updated Federal and State compliant poster. Status Codes: M = Mandatory Update Required Non = Non-Mandatory Update Date State Poster Updated Content Changed Status Jul-18 TX Notification […]
HR & Benefits News: Key To Success – Hire & Keep The Best People HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. It’s no secret, hiring and keeping workers has significant impact on independent grocers. Its impact is second only to “competition from other retailers” say independent grocers […]
COBRACompli™ Touch-Free Service for Brokers and Their Clients Ridgeland, Mississippi (8/16/18) – MyHRConcierge (MyHRC) has announced its partnership with Employee Navigator, a leading benefits and HR software provider. Brokers and others who license Employee Navigator’s software can now offer Touch-Free COBRACompli to ease COBRA worries for their small-mid-sized clients. COBRACompli, a monthly subscription service available […]
Execupay and MyHRConcierge are partnering to offer COBRA compliance and Unemployment Insurance Claims Services to Execupay’s network of 150 payroll and HR service providers that serve more than 1 million employees across the U.S for a set monthly fee.
Taking steps to proactively manage your tax rate for SUI (State Unemployment Insurance) can help you control unemployment taxes costs.
When Chris Cooley and John Yerger decided to combine their business and financial expertise and create an HR outsourcing company almost 10 years ago, they knew how much time and energy small and midsize businesses devoted to managing their human resources needs. But they also knew that it wasn’t enough to offer specialized expertise in […]
MyHRConcierge has announced the rollout of COBRACompli, a next-level COBRA compliance service that independent payroll providers and brokers can deliver to their small to medium business clients across the U.S.
MyHRConcierge is launching COBRACompli, a monthly subscription service that makes it more affordable for business owners to effectively handle complex compliance and administration details required by Federal COBRA laws.
As part of our effort to keep you abreast of changes in state laws, we have outlined below certain law changes that were noted in June 2018 that might be of interest. The list below is not a complete list of all state law changes. Therefore, we recommend you discuss any specific issues your company may […]
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee was created to help fund research that provides patients, caregivers, employers and policy makers information to make more informed health decisions. The fee is effective for 2012-2019. The PCORI fee is the responsibility of the insurer. The insurer must file the IRS Form 720 and pay the fee […]
HR & Benefits News: Feds Step Up I-9 Audits – Be Ready Editor’s note: HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. It’s The Law “All U.S. Employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and […]
As part of our effort to keep you abreast of changes in state laws, we have outlined below certain law changes that were noted in May 2018 that might be of interest. The list below is not a complete list of all state law changes. Therefore, we recommend you discuss any specific issues your company […]
There are strict rules about how and when to use E-Verify, the federal web-based program that confirms the eligibility of employees to work in the US.
IR-2018-113, May 4, 2018 WASHINGTON — With many businesses facing a tight job market, the Internal Revenue Service reminds employers to check out a valuable tax credit available to them for hiring long-term unemployment recipients and other categories of workers with employment barriers. During National Small Business Week — April 29 to May 5 — […]
Believing rumors about The Affordable Care Act can be costly for grocers. For example, many companies mistakenly believed that ACA wouldn’t be enforced, but the IRS has recently started sending out penalty letters for the 2015 tax year. We have heard of penalties ranging from $40,000 to upwards of $2 million.
Demonstrates Commitment to Independent Payroll Providers and Their SMB Customers Ridgeland, Mississippi (4/18/18) – MyHRConcierge (MHRC) has joined The Payroll Group (TPG) as associate member and is serving as a key sponsor for the 2018 TPG Annual Conference being held May 2- 4 in Hollywood, CA. MyHRConcierge will showcase its Independent Payroll Provider Partner Program during the 3-day TPG […]
COBRA errors can cost employers at least $300 a day if not properly administered. See 3 common COBRA errors employers make and how to avoid them.
Editor’s note: HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Independents face so many conflicting choices about employee health benefits. It’s crucial to control escalating benefits expense, but if you reduce benefits or cut hours, you risk losing workers, customers and profits. There’s a better way, and I […]
Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors and author of The Shelby Report’s HR & Benefits News column, will present a working session called “Stop Rolling the Dice with Employee Health Benefits,” on Feb. 11 at the NGA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The session, one of four taking place at the show, will focus on helping independent grocers attract and […]
We hear three common myths about employment regulations as we work with independent grocers. Believing these myths could sink a small to medium-sized business. This “myth busters” chart can help independents recognize and avoid employment practices that put them at significant financial risk. Read more at: HR & Benefits News: Myth Busters—Avoid Risky Employment Practices
The IRS has issued the updated 2018 Form W-4. The IRS previously stated that taxpayers can continue to use the old 2017 Form W-4 for 30 days after the new form was issued. The new Form W-4 was designed to take into account the changes made by the new tax law passed in late 2017. Some […]
Affirms Commitment to Independent Payroll Providers and Their SMB Customers MyHRConcierge is serving as a gold sponsor for the 2018 Independent Payroll Provider Association (IPPA) Sales & Marketing Conference being held February 19-21 in Las Vegas. The company will showcase its Independent Payroll Provider Partner Program during the 3-day IPPA conference. “Many independent payroll providers […]
Workshop Helps Independent Grocers Attract Workers and Profits “Stop Rolling the Dice with Employee Health Benefits,” a working session, will focus on helping independent grocers attract and keep valuable workers while improving profitability. This is one of 4 FMS Financial Symposium sessions on Sunday, February 11, 2018 during the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show in […]
Editor’s note: HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. The Employer Shared Responsibility Provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalizes employers who either do not offer (healthcare) coverage or do not offer coverage which meets minimum value and affordability standards. These penalties apply to firms with […]
As of the date of this posting, the 2018 Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate (W4) has not yet been released. A draft of the proposed form can be found HERE. Until the 2018 version of the W4 is released, continue utilizing the 2017 W4. If you should have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On January 11, the Internal Revenue Service released the updated income-tax withholding tables for 2018. These tables are adjusted to take into account the changes included in the tax reform law. Employers should begin utilizing these withholding tables as soon as possible. However, they must begin being used no later than February 15, 2018. The Internal Revenue […]
The IRS has extended the ACA Reporting deadline for forms 1095-B and 1095-C until March 2nd, 2018. Other due dates remain the same.
Currently, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires individuals to be covered under a health plan that provides at least Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC). This is commonly referred to as the Individual Mandate. If an individual fails to maintain coverage that meets the MEC requirement, they are subject to a penalty. Under the new proposed tax […]
Editor’s note: HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Stories of accused sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer and others appear daily in the media. More than ever before, grocers are at risk if they don’t have the right sexual harassment policies […]
The IRS has released a small increase in the standard mileage rates for business use, driving for medical reasons, and moving purposes.
Stories of accused sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, and others appear daily in the media. More than ever before, grocers are at risk if they don’t have the right sexual harassment policies and procedures in place. Sexual Harassment Costs Sexual harassment can cost grocers millions of dollars in settlements […]
Learn about the mandatory updates to 2018 Labor Law Posters for employers. MyHRConcierge provides labor law posters that keep businesses compliant.
Editor’s note: HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Myth: Independent grocers really don’t need employee handbooks…no one reads them anyway. Reality: An employee handbook can help protect grocers who face lawsuits or discrimination charges if it’s up-to-date and well-written. Grocers of all sizes need a current employee handbook. If you […]
Chris Cooley, founder of MyHRConcierge, walks you through details you’ll need to create a formal employee engagement plan that links job requirements to the hiring and evaluation process.
Meet ACA Compliance Requirements for the 2017 Tax Year On October 13, 2017, the IRS stated it will not accept electronically filed tax returns for tax year 2017 filed in 2018 where the taxpayer does not address the health coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition, returns filed on paper that do not […]
Many times employees believe their social media posts are protected by the First Amendment. However, this is not the case.
The IRS anticipates notifying Applicable Large Employers, or employers that met the threshold of having to comply with the Employer Mandate, of their potential liabilities under the Employer Mandate for the calendar year 2015 in late 2017.
With an Annual Benefits Plan Review, employers can make sure they are offering benefits their employees want and identify areas to lower costs.
The President signed an Executive Order with the intent to bring sweeping changes to the health insurance industry. The Executive Order focuses on three primary areas: Expanding Association Health Plans (AHP) Within 60 days from the date of the Executive Order, the Secretary of Labor shall consider proposing regulations or revising guidance to expand access to AHPs. […]
MyHRConcierge Co-Founder Chris Cooley was recently quoted for an article regarding the Employee Retention Credit Available For Storm-Affected Businesses.
The Ninth Circuit Court has ruled liability waivers on an employee’s background check Disclosure and Authorization forms a violation of the FCRA. Is your Disclosure and Authorization form out of compliance?
Employers who are victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria may qualify for a new tax credit that pays for retaining employees while inoperable.