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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

OSHA Proposes Public Disclosure of Workplace Injuries

Written by Thomson Reuters

As a means for improving safety and reducing workplace injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed a change that would require manufacturing firms, among others, to make public information about injuries and illnesses. The controversial proposal has elicited flak from several quarters, including the influential National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) the largest manufacturing association in the country - as well as state-based trade groups (see right-hand box). Background Currently, companies are required to post only an annual summary of workplace injuries and illnesses in a common area, giving employees a chance to view data. Under the proposed rule, employers would have to submit information about injuries and illnesses electronically...

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 20 May 2014

4 Important Tips When Traveling Abroad

Written by Forefield, INC.

For many people, there's perhaps nothing more exciting than traveling to a new country, experiencing different cultures, tasting exotic foods, and exploring unfamiliar landscapes. But before you take off on an international adventure, consider that a little preparation and a few precautions can help prevent a lot of unexpected headaches. Obtain and copy necessary documentation Most U.S...

Published in Wealth Management
Tuesday, 20 May 2014

15 Facts about Social Security

Written by Forefield, INC.

The Social Security Administration released some facts that highlight why Social Security is important to so many people. Retirement benefits The Social Security program began in 1935 as a way to protect individuals against economic hardship. Over the years, Social Security has grown to include several other types of benefits, but Social Security is still synonymous with retirement. Did you know that .....

Published in Wealth Management
Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Higher Education Industry Update - May 2014

Written by Rehmann Team

A number of trends in higher education will continue to make their mark in 2014. Rehmann has looked at some these trends and is pleased to offer an update on the accounting and tax topics impacting the industry.ContentsTopics and Trends to Watch Accounting UpdateFederal Awards UpdateTax Update Topics and Trends to Watch In-class or Online? The use of technology has driven significant increases in the number of online classes available to college students over the past five years...

Published in Higher Education
Monday, 19 May 2014

Proposed Regulations Address ACA's "Excepted" Benefits

Written by Thomson Reuters

The ACA and other federal health coverage laws "except" some employee benefits from certain requirements that otherwise apply to health plans. Examples of excepted benefits include limited-scope dental and vision coverage and disability insurance. These benefits are excepted because they aren't considered health coverage; they're offered separately or aren't an integral part of benefits under a group plan. New proposed regulations — issued by the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services in January — amend the regs on excepted benefits regarding vision and dental benefits, employee assistance programs (EAPs), and "wraparound" coverage...

Published in Healthcare
Monday, 19 May 2014

Play-or-Pay update: Final Regs Offer Clarity, Breathing Room

Written by Thomson Reuters

Fully understanding and adapting to the ACA hasn't been easy on any organization — be it for-profit, nonprofit or government entity. In an effort to provide clarification and give midsize to large employers breathing room regarding the act's shared-responsibility ("play or pay") provision, the IRS released final regulations in February. These final regs defer an important deadline for some employers and offer other transitional relief throughout 2015. Reviewing the Basics The play-or-pay provision imposes a penalty on large employers that don't offer "minimum essential" health care coverage — or that offer coverage that isn't "affordable" or doesn't provide at least "minimum value" — to their full-time employees (and their dependents) if just one full-time employee enrolls in a qualified health plan through a government-run Health Insurance Marketplace (originally referred to as a "health insurance exchange") and receives a premium tax credit...

Published in Healthcare
Monday, 19 May 2014

The State of SHOP Plans (and Where they're Headed)

Written by Thomson Reuters

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) got off to a slow start. Many factors behind the sluggish launch, however, theoretically won't weigh it down in 2015. So now might be a good time for small employers to begin planning for next year — even though you can enroll in SHOP plans anytime before then and still possibly qualify for a tax credit. SHOP Basics SHOP plans were intended to make it easier for small businesses to find affordable health care coverage to offer employees...

Published in Healthcare
Saturday, 17 May 2014

When It Comes to Practice Space, Owning is Better

Written by Gary Borucki, CPA, CHBC

Although there are circumstances when it makes financial sense for a dentist to lease rather than buy the space for his or her dental practice, more often than not buying the space makes the better economic sense. In fact, when clients ask me for advice about the pros and cons of renting versus buying their practice space, I advise them to buy for four sound economic reasons which I'll outline later on. Unlike physicians who tend to join existing groups when starting out, new dentists are more likely to buy an existing solo practice and then its space as they launch their careers. They've typically already scouted out the right geographic fit for them to establish their practice and have looked for practices that are for sale in their ideal location...

Published in Dental
Thursday, 15 May 2014

Not-for-Profit Industry Update - May 2014

Written by Rehmann Team

A number of trends in the not-for-profit industry will continue to make their mark in 2014. Rehmann has taken a look at some these trends and is pleased to provide you with an update on the accounting and tax topics impacting the industry. ContentsAccounting UpdateFederal Awards UpdateTax Update Accounting Update Financial Accounting Standards Board Update (FASB)Discussions continue on the Not-for-Profit Financial (NFP) Reporting Model. The FASB continues to meet, evaluate and develop possible changes to the NFP Financial Reporting Model for the past few years...

Published in Not-for-Profit
Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Addressing the Section 105 Medical Reimbursement Plan

Written by Marie Shebuski

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought about many changes for small businesses. If you're still processing the many options available to your organization, you're not alone. One that may be worth your consideration is the Section 105 Plan. The Section 105 Plan is a health reimbursement arrangement funded solely by an employer that reimburses an employee for medical care expenses incurred by the employee, his or her spouse, dependents, and children who, as of the end of the taxable year, have not reached 27 years of age...

Published in Healthcare
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