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DOL Proposed Rule Extends Overtime Protections

The Department of Labor has announced a proposed rule that would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million white collar workers within the first year of its implementation. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published on July 6, 2015 in the Federal Register (80 FR 38515) and invited interested parties to submit written comments…

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Are You Still Eligible for Health Care Coverage?

See If You Can Still Get Health Coverage You may qualify for a special enrollment period. You may be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP. Open enrollment for 2015 coverage ended on Feb. 15, 2015. And, Open enrollment for 2016 coverage doesn’t begin until November 1, 2015 (and runs until January 31, 2016). But, consumers should visit HealthCare.gov…

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Supreme Court Rules on ACA

The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Obamacare  The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Obama administration in an argument over federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. In a 6-3 ruling, the Court ruled that the law stays in place, with no change to the state subsidy provisions….

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Affordable Care Act and Employers

Understanding Affordable and Minimum Value Coverage Under the ACA In general, under the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act, an applicable large employer may either offer affordable minimum essential coverage that provides minimum value to its full-time employees and their dependents or potentially owe an employer shared responsibility payment to the IRS….

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FBAR and FATCA June Filing Requirements

Taxpayers with Foreign Assets May Have FBAR and FATCA Filing Requirements in June IR-2015-86, June 10, 2015 — The IRS reminds all taxpayers with an FBAR filing requirement to report their foreign assets by the June 30 deadline. FBAR refers to Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. New YouTube Videos, Online Resources…

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HR Gear Receives Apex Award

The 2015 APEX Awards have been released, and HRgear.com is proud to announce that among the 1,851 entries, we have been recognized in the category of WordPress Sites. Now in its 28th year, the APEX Awards recognize  Publication Excellence in online design, social media, graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications. For more information about…

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Official IRS Statement on the Data Breach

IRS Statement on the “Get Transcript” Application Español The IRS has announced that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street address. These third parties gained sufficient information from…

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USCIS Suspends Premium Processing of Stay H-1B Petitions

Starting May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. During this time frame, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an…

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SBA Website en Español

New Spanish Language SBA Website We are excited to share the new Spanish language SBA website. Utilize thousands of business resources now en Español! https://es.sba.gov/  …

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Affordable Care Act Webinars

Affordable Care Act 101 SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. Webinars for Small Employers Topics covered include cost containment, the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit,…

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