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Tax Alert: IRS Delays Deadline for Providing 1095s to Employees

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance in the form of Notice 2018-94 allowing employers more time to provide Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to applicable individuals. Employers now have until March 4, 2019 to furnish forms to employees. Despite the additional time, the IRS encourages employers to furnish 2018 statements as soon as they are […]

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Is your background screening program keeping up

The face of today’s workforce is changing, fast. Is your background screening program keeping up? Workplace diversity is more than a buzzword among today’s employers; it’s a “mindset” according to a recent LinkedIn Global Recruiting Trends 2018. In fact, 78 percent of talent leaders and hiring managers rank it as the most important trend shaping […]

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How to Keep Your Holiday Hiring Merry and Bright

The holidays are here, and keeping up with demand can be a huge challenge for businesses. According to a report by Mastercard Spending Pulse, U.S. holiday sales increased 4.9% in 2017—the largest year-over-year growth since 2011—and online shopping grew even faster, increasing 18.1% from the previous year. Gains like these are great for year-end results, […]

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Tax Alert: New Relief Bill for Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and the California Wildfires

A bill to provide tax relief for the victims of Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and certain California wildfires was introduced in the current lame duck session of the 115th Congress. This bill expands upon the previously presented Hurricane Florence Tax Relief Act bill to address the additional recent natural disasters, and signals the importance of […]

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Tax Alert: The future of the Affordable Care Act after the Midterm Elections

As a result of last week’s midterm elections, in which the Republicans expanded their Senate majority and the Democrats took the majority in the House, there has been much speculation about what will or will not occur when Congress convenes in January. In considering the impacts of the elections on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), […]

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Important Update on Federal and Department of Transportation Drug Testing Programs

The “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act” or the “Support for Patients and Communities Act”  was signed into law on October 24, 2018 Federal Bill H. R. 6. the “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act” or the “Support for […]

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Records Watch. What is it and is it right for your business?

These days, employers aren’t asking “if” they should perform background checks—most companies do it as a hiring best practice. Instead, many are wondering “how often” they should be screening their employees. While screening frequency is usually based on business-specific needs, one relatively new option made possible through advances in screening technology is gaining momentum: “records […]

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Background screening guidelines modified by Federal Deposit Insurance Act

Changes apply to employers within the Financial Services industry Few sectors are as strictly regulated as Financial Services, and that close oversight extends to the industry’s background check policies. Recently the recommended guidelines for background screening, set forth in Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDI Act), were modified to expand the de […]

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Tax Alert: New Bill Proposes IEC Permanency

Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD) recently introduced the Tribal Tax Empowerment and Jobs Act of 2018 (HR-7000), meant to provide for increased economic opportunities for Native American tribes. Section 5 of the bill proposes making the Indian Employment Credit permanent. The Indian Employment Credit provides businesses with an incentive to hire enrolled members, or the spouse […]

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Tax Alert: Hurricane-Related Filing Extensions

As we communicated in a recent Alert, we are constantly monitoring all potential disaster-related tax relief, such as the Hurricane Florence Employee Retention Tax Credit recently proposed in House Bill 6854, and although that credit is still just potential and has not been finalized, the IRS has announced extensions on filing deadlines for victims of […]

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