For Employers, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Smog Thickens

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For Employers, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Smog Thickens

Engage PEO CEO, Jay Starkman, talks to National Underwriter and LifeHealthPro.com about the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) impact on employers:

The Affordable Care Act 's "play or pay" provisions already apply to employers with 100 or more employees. Employers with 50 to 99 employees are already supposed to be collecting the full-time equivalent (FTE) employee counts they need to comply with the ACA coverage requirements in 2016.

But employers without floors full of top benefits lawyers and corporate tax accountants in their headquarters buildings are struggling to get a basic understanding of what they have to do to comply with ACA.

Jay Starkman is one of the experts. He's the chief executive officer of Engage PEO, a professional employer organization (PEO). His company serves as the official employer, or co-employer, for other companies' employees, and his company assumes as much responsibility for human resources functions and benefits programs as employers want to cede, and are legally allowed to cede. Starkman has tried to make Engage PEO a source of ACA expertise, and comfort.  Read this news

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Wage & Hour Rules and Job Classifications

Chief among the issues that keep employers up at night is staying compliant with federal and state employment laws.

Arguably, wage and hour rules are the most complex and cause the most issues for companies. Job classifications under the FLSA can confuse even the most experienced HR managers.

In fact, some of the costliest wage and hour lawsuits and penalties on record could have been avoided if only the employer properly classified an employee as either exempt or nonexempt. It’s critically important to understand the law — and the devil is in the details.

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How to ask your boss if it's OK to stay home in bad weather

Engage PEO's Angela Rochester, Assistant General Counsel and HR Consultant, advises companies and employees on what to do if you can't make it to work due to severe weather.

“If there’s not a policy in place, address the issue with your manager or with HR. We always stress to communicate sooner rather than later; also, a good employer will communicate [any policies or guidelines] to you well in advance.”

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