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How to Create an Account with CONNECT
Are you a Florida employer in need of a CONNECT account? CONNECT is Florida’s Reemployment Assistance claims system. All Florida employers should set up an account to login and see their claims and questionnaires in one place.  You will be able to respond online to all inq...
Non-Working Employees Payroll and Work Comp Premium Calculation
As employers are struggling to maintain business operations, or are confronting a full or partial shutdown, every cost and expense is being closely scrutinized.  The organization that regulates workers’ compensation rates, NCCI, recently published some FAQs for employers and carriers about the COVID-19 situation.  Individual states will app...
Florida Unemployment Questions about COVID-19 Situations
As the Coronavirus situation continues, employees are laid off and/or take paid sick days, there are many questions about how these situations affect Florida unemployment benefits (called “RA benefits”).  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) operates the Reemployment Assistance Service Center and CONNECT website that processes ...
18 Actions to Lower Workers’ Comp Rates for Florida Contractors
From our work with Florida construction companies and specialty trades in the last ten years, we have identified 18 proven action items that will shrink the risk of costly workers’ compensation claims and lower the mod rate of Florida contractors. Here are the top four actions that will make a difference: Improve the hiring process......
Dealing with Your Problem Employee
Nobody likes disciplining employees.  Well, … perhaps that’s not true.  But to be honest, I’m not sure I’d want to employ too many supervisors who LOVE engaging in disciplinary actions.  But, like it or not, it’s critical to the success of your company that progressive disciplinary procedures are understood, followed, and applied in a ...
Hops and HR: Florida Craft Breweries Have Options
  Whether your brewery is a start-up, or well-established and growing, how you handle human resources is a key aspect of business success.  Your workforce supports your brand.  Craft breweries are popping up all over Florida, and enjoying great success.  Each brewpub and product has its own unique value proposition and niche to squeeze into...
What’s so funny about the updated ACA Exchange Notice Form?
Guess what was revealed in the latest ACA form update?  The federal government assumes that your business has a full-fledged HR Department.  I doubt this comes as any surprise to our small-to-mid-sized clients! Earlier this year, the Department of Labor made a minor change to its model Health Insurance Exchange Notices, the ACA Marketplace notice...
Alternate OSHA DART Rate Calculation Formula for Small Businesses
  We’ve come across a very interesting Interpretation letter published by OSHA, regarding the unfair impact to small companies of using standard injury rate calculations. Traditionally, DART, as well as any other type of OSHA incident rates, are based on a single year’s sum of incidents, multiplied by 200,000 and then divided by th...
Florida Work Comp rates dropping in 2018
It’s final.  This week, the Florida Insurance Commissioner issued a directive for workers’ compensation rates to be decreased by 9.8% beginning in 2018.  His final order increased the rate reductions recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).  In addition, State Insurance Commissioner David Almaier asked N...
Using Paycards for Employees? New Regulations from CFPB Are Coming
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In October, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized new federal consumer protections for prepaid account users. The new rule requires financial institutions to limit consumers’ losses when funds are stolen or cards are lost, investigate and resolve errors, and give consumers free and easy access to account...
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