Brea, CA (PRWEB) January 19, 2014
A&A Employer Services and Options in Insurance, two Orange County-based firms focused on meeting the HR needs of small businesses, will host ‘The Time is Now’ workshop on February 20, 2014 at the Glenbrook Club, in Brea, California, 5:30 p.m. The session is intended to help companies keep abreast of the many changes in HR law that will impact them in 2014. Attendance is free.
"Navigating all of the legislative and regulatory changes that occur throughout the course of the year can be challenging, taking business owners away from other important aspects of running their businesses," said Scott Riley, President of A&A Employer Services. To help companies prepare for the New Year, the team at A&A Employer and Options in Insurance have identified the top regulatory issues small businesses should be mindful of, which include:
Health care: The dawn of the Covered California healthcare program and the numerous changes in insurance requirements mean significant changes for small business owners and their employees. It's true that small business owners aren't required to offer insurance to their employees but those that do will need to comply with the reforms that went into law January 1. For companies that offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), employers who offer a health FSA must also offer group health-insurance coverage. Another area of change is the small business tax credit for employers offering health insurance coverage.
"The changes in insurance plans have been sweeping", said Pat Stiffler, President of Options in Insurance, "and most people have found navigating their way through the new processes challenging to say the least. A company like ours creates value by simplifying the process and leading with our expertise in the new system."
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): The Supreme Court's DOMA has expanded the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, spouses. This has dominoed into changes in payroll taxes, health insurance, and even employment laws such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The implications include employee eligibility to pay for same-gender spousal benefits such as health insurance premiums and FSA/Section 125 participation on a pretax basis for federal taxes.
Pending federal legislation includes agenda items such as changes in the tax code that could impact retirement plans, workers' rights to organize, continued enforcement for the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, vigorous enforcement of minimum wage and overtime provisions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and strong support for an increase to the federal minimum wage.
Privacy and data security: A current trend that is expected to continue in 2014 is the implementation of additional measures on the state level to strengthen security and privacy regulations. This raises the critical nature of protecting employee personal, financial and health information.
A&A Employer Services is a human resource outsourcing services firm located in Brea, California. The company specializes in meeting the needs of small companies in the consumer and professional services categories. In addition to management recruiting, the firm has been in business for nearly a decade and provides services in payroll, safety and risk management, workers compensation, benefits and insurance and other critical areas.
Options In Insurance is a California-based health insurance agent and a certified Covered California insurance agent. Their deep expertise in the health insurance industry and certification in the new California insurance exchange makes them an ideal partner to first-time insured individuals as well as small business owners.
Attendees will be given tips and strategies on how best to manage their small businesses through the labyrinth of new laws and procedures and updates on events that might impact their businesses in the future. Attendance is free. For more information and to register, visit http://www.aaemployer.com. A wine and cheese networking session will follow immediately afterwards for all attendees.
The Glenbrook Club is located at 1821 Greenbriar Lane, Brea, CA 92821.