Future Friday: The Independent Contractor will NOT rule by 2020

I and numerous other people have written about the “gig economy”, “free agent nation” or whatever you want to call it, numerous times. As we get into 2016, and 2020 is a mere four years away, the likelihood of there being a major shift in the direction of a high percentage of independent contractors seems …

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IRS delays the ACA Reporting

In a move sure to brighten the outlook for many employers, the IRS has delayed the necessity of supplying forms to individuals and the IRS until March or later. The IRS said that in their announcement “that some employers, insurers, and other providers of minimum essential coverage need additional time to adapt and implement systems …

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Independent contractor versus employee: “Control” is the issue

In a widely publicized decision in June 2015 the California Labor Commission declared that an individual that drove for Uber was not an independent contractor but was an employee and subsequently owed for mileage, tolls and interest on her car. (Interestingly they did not pay her wages for hours worked, but that was mostly due …

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Did you know giving money for healthcare is illegal for small businesses?

Did you know there is a little known provision of the Affordable Care Act makes it illegal for employers with fewer than 50 employees to give them money to buy healthcare? Yes, those situations where a small business doesn’t have health insurance coverage but offers their employees some money so they can go to the …

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Want to get your employees into Obamacare? Think again says the IRS

When the PPACA, now abbreviated as the ACA and also known as Obamacare, first came out companies started to determine if there was a possible way to minimize the “hassle” factor. They wanted to try to save money and avoid penalties. This was especially true for smaller companies who had just enough employees to make …

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Two things EVERY US employer should have done by January 1st

  I am hoping that after reading this you say to yourself  “Yep we are good.” If not then now you have an opportunity to make corrections. Payroll changes On October 30, 2013, the Social Security Administration (SSA) told us that the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax was going …

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Naked Independent Contractors? Courts say “NO”

  Imagine you are a stripper. Come on, work with me here. Crank up that imagination. Here are the rules you dance by. You are told when to work. You are told what you have to wear or not wear as the case may be. You are told how to stand on stage. You are …

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Why Understanding the definition of Independent Contractor is Important to the ACA

  I was at a healthcare summit today that was focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as the PPACA and ObamaCare). In the discussion on compliance the presenters spent some time on a question that many businesses are asking “Can I make my employees independent contractors and not worry about the ACA?” …

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The ACA and the Independent Contractor

  If you have read anything the Affordable Care Act (ACA or PPACA or ObamaCare) you know that the law is applicable to companies that 50 or more fulltime employees. There are a lot of definitions in there that go into determining who is a fulltime employee but  moves that many employers have considered are …

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Hire a Veteran, Save Some Money…. And Them

  I had the opportunity to attend a SHRM-Atlanta luncheon that celebrated the successes of 2012. Of the many accolades handed out one went to the team of John Kalusa and Stuart Smith for their VETs initiative. VET stands for Veterans Employment Team which had the goal to assist 1,000 Veterans in returning to civilian …

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