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The Affordable Care Act: Will it put your business in the penalty box? 187 280 PayReel

The Affordable Care Act: Will it put your business in the penalty box?

If you haven’t heard about the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the individual mandate provision of “ObamaCare”, you’ll likely be pleased to know that “Gone with the Wind” won the Oscar for best picture. Volumes are being written about how this law will affect individuals, yet those of us who depend on the flexibility…

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Safe Bet: Workers’ Compensation Rates on the Rise 2580 1932 PayReel

Safe Bet: Workers’ Compensation Rates on the Rise

I never imagined I could actually feel sorry for any insurance company. By that I mean, feel sorry for its corporate balance sheet. I’ve got close friends working for behemoths in the industry and I could never feel ambivalent about their misfortune. But since learning about the underlying causes behind the trend in workers’ comp…

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Physician, Heal Thyself: PayReel Gets Audited 1280 1024 PayReel

Physician, Heal Thyself: PayReel Gets Audited

For years, PayReel has been helping clients avoid going through what has been known to be a painful and expensive ordeal. Being audited by the IRS or Department of Labor is not, in itself, a sign of any wrongdoing. But an audit often uncovers illegal practices that have embarrassed and even toppled otherwise healthy businesses.…

Bold As ICE: Non-compliance Gets Riskier 150 150 PayReel

Bold As ICE: Non-compliance Gets Riskier

It’s old news that the Obama administration increased funding to the Department of Homeland Security’s ICE division (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).  It’s also been widely reported how this increased funding is being spent.  Like the Employer Compliance Inspection Center which houses a team that expressly targets I-9 audits of large businesses.  With all the press,…

Don’t Be an Audience of One 150 150 PayReel

Don’t Be an Audience of One

Within the IRS and Department of Labor, red flags start flying from any number of triggers. Consider the example of a legal secretary who presented herself as an independent contractor to a prominent Colorado law firm. After her project with the firm ended, she filed for unemployment benefits. An investigation into her claim revealed she…

PayReel Execs Gain Insights, Lose Cash 150 150 PayReel

PayReel Execs Gain Insights, Lose Cash

Sometimes it’s a good idea to get away from the office to recharge your batteries, to sharpen the axe, to network with colleagues, and to lose a few bucks in a casino.  PayReel’s CEO, Heidi McLean, and I managed to do just that last month in Las Vegas while attending an Executive Forum sponsored by…

U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Fate of “ObamaCare” 150 150 PayReel

U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Fate of “ObamaCare”

Once you get past all the legal jargon, it’s a really simple question:  Does the Constitution of the United States give Congress the power to compel every citizen to either purchase health insurance or pay a penalty? Our Supreme Court justices listened to arguments for three days in late March and are expected to hand down…

Turning Up the Heat on Worker Misclassification 150 150 PayReel

Turning Up the Heat on Worker Misclassification

If you’ve come anywhere near an HR newsletter in the last six months, you know there’s a big crackdown in progress targeting misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The heat has risen to the point where one piece of pending legislation would make misclassification a federal offense regardless of whether the infraction was intentional or…

Up the Down (Unemployment) Staircase 150 150 PayReel

Up the Down (Unemployment) Staircase

The U.S. economy’s jobless recovery has improved over the past few months to a mostly jobless recovery.  While most pundits are cautiously optimistic about the employment outlook, employers in many states are still facing increases in unemployment insurance taxes.  Yes, you read that right.  Unemployment is down and unemployment insurance taxes are going up. Like…

Sneaking a peek at 2012 150 150 PayReel

Sneaking a peek at 2012

Now that most of us are well onto our new year’s diets and beginning to rationalize away the more strenuous of our resolutions, let’s take a look at some topics that promise to be interesting reading in 2012 … Unemployment is down, but state and federal unemployment insurance tax rates are still heading up.  What’s…