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Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Empowerment Zones Extended through 2020

January 6, 20200
CEOHR, Inc. PEO

On December 20, 2019, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed into law by President Trump. Included in this newly enacted legislation are “Tax Extenders” which include valuable provisions for employers. These provisions include the following: • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): Extended through December 31, 2020 • Federal Empowerment Zone Tax Credit: Retroactively extended for 2018, 2019, and 2020 • Employee Retention Tax Credit: Enacted for specified disaster areas designated and determined by the federal government, including places of business impacted by Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence, and the 2018 wildfires in California • Indian Employment Credit: Renewed through 2020 • WOTC Funding for Fiscal Year 2020 increased by 2.5 million dollars Please reach out to Josh Emerick, Director of …

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Are Your Controls In Place

January 6, 20200
CEOHR, Inc. PEO

It’s January 2020 – Have your exempt (salaried) employees been reclassified to non-exempt (hourly)? Have you put controls in place to manage this change? 1) Punching In/Out – It’s a new concept for salaried employees to track their time. If your salaried employees have been reclassified to hourly to comply with the new law, these employees are now eligible for overtime if they work over 40 hours in one workweek. 2) Morale – If employees don’t know why their status is changing, (especially true for Managers) morale may become an issue. They should be told of the law change, and depending upon the state you work in, how this change impacts their daily work, it’s certainly not a demotion! 3) …

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Winter Storm On The Horizon? New FSLA Overtime Rule January 1, 2020

December 20, 20190

Here we are at year end again. There’s a cluster of new laws that go into effect next month, but the biggest on the federal level is Fair Labor Standards Act ‘Overtime Rule’ which makes 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime. The ‘Overtime Rule’ is a simple concept and has been sold as a benefit for the middle class – but if you are not ready for the change, it’s an unexpected dent in your labor budget. The Overtime Rule is an increase in the federally mandated minimum wage threshold for salaried employees. The ‘Overtime Rule’ updates the earning level necessary to exempt executive, administrative or professional employees from overtime requirements. The ‘Overtime Rule’ raises the standard salary …

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Eli German Promoted to Director of Benefits of CEOHR, Inc.

May 17, 20190
Eli German CEOHR, Inc

We are very excited to announce the promotion of Eli German to CEOHR, Inc.’s Director of Benefits, located in our Sarasota Florida corporate office. Our clientele in the Southwestern U.S. who have worked alongside Eli as their Client Service Manager already know what outstanding service skills he brings to the table. Eli also has a national ‘range of motion’ in the benefits arena and has developed attractive benefit packages for many of our clients. We believe that his skills and expertise in these areas will be a tremendous asset to CEOHR, Inc. operations and we look forward to his transition. Eli will be relocating from his home in Austin, Texas to our corporate offices in Sarasota, Florida. During his transition, …

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Joshua Emerick, Joins CEOHR, Inc. as Director of Onboarding

January 30, 20190
Josh Emerick CEOHR

With 13 years of experience in the restaurant industry and pastoral ministry under his belt, Josh started in the PEO industry with TriNet in 2017 working in their Client Services division. From there, Josh worked in the Tampa Bay area with another payroll and HR provider.  Throughout these experiences, Josh gained an extensive knowledge base in HRIS, PrismHR payroll/employee management, CRM platforms, electronic onboarding, WOTC, and E-Verify.  Josh is excited to use this knowledge to help and equip the clients of CEOHR to better manage their employees from hire to retire with the technological solutions that we offer.  As Josh often likes to say, “Leading people should be fun and engaging, not tiring and burdensome”. Josh is a native of …

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Data Security – Fresh Reminders to Minimize Your Risk

January 17, 20190

Many small business owners assume they are not famous enough to be the target of cyberattacks. This mindset can lead to all sorts of trouble, including loss of your most valuable assets: customer and employee data. In 2016, 71% of ransomware cyberattacks were aimed at businesses with less than 100 employees.**** Even though small businesses tend to neglect cybersecurity, one thing is for certain: it’s much easier to get inside an unprotected system than it is to penetrate the security of big corporations. Remember that hackers can steal money, employee details, customer data, and other valuable information. Moreover, a data breach can permanently damage your relationship with employees and customers. In the end, it will hinder the growth of your …

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Cindy Laviolette, PHR, SHRM-CP, HRBP Joins CEOHR, Inc. as Vice President of Human Resources

December 19, 20180
Cindy Laviolette, PHR, SHRM-CP, HRBP Joins CEOHR, Inc. as Vice President of Human Resources

Cindy contributes 20+ years of extensive Human Resources leadership to our talented resources at CEOHR, and hails from companies such as ADP TotalSource, Paychex, and Oasis Outsourcing.  Cindy knows that every client has unique service expectations in order to satisfy their diverse HR service needs.  With Cindy’s expertise, we will meet those needs and more, to assist with proactive HR strategies designed to increase employee engagement and minimize your employment liability exposure. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Franklin Pierce College and a Master in Human Resources from Villanova University.  “We are excited to have Cindy as part of the management team. Her significant PEO operations and human resources experience will benefit customers at CEOHR.” …Darrin J Fedder, Chief Executive …

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Cassie Holdrich Joins CEOHR as Benefits Administrator Copy

December 17, 20180
Cassie Holdrich CEOHR, Inc. Benefits Administrator

Cassie Holdrich first  joined the CEOHR team in October 2018.  Prior to joining CEOHR, Cassie worked as an Implementation Manager for The Hartford, Aetna, Inc., and has over 10 years of insurance industry experience, including 5 years in implementation, and 7 years in Life & Disability benefits.  She has received several promotions throughout her career, including Implementation Manager in 2014, Senior Implementation Manager in 2016, and Implementation Consultant in 2018. Her responsibilities primarily included managing the implementation for new and existing plan sponsors’ benefit programs.  Her project management skills and consultative approach helped guide clients through the onboarding process to ensure a smooth transition of products and provide superior customer service.  Cassie was responsible for coordinating and monitoring the activities …

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Jessica M. Simmons, MBA, SHRM-SCP Joins CEOINS as VP, Senior Benefits Consultant

November 7, 20180
Jessica Simmons VP Senior Benefits Consultant CEO Insurance Solutions An Affiliate of CEOHR

Jessica has 20-plus years of PEO and Agency experience having started in the PEO industry as a sales executive with the first publicly held PEO company in the late 90s. She is licensed in Life & Health and has earned her MBA from the University of South Florida, and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University. Jessica has delivered millions of dollars in insurance savings and increased benefit quality to PEO clients by offering creative innovative insurance and benefit administration solutions. She has long been on the front lines of health care reform while working on Wall Street in New York City with Frank Crystal, the second largest privately held insurance agency in the United States and with Aon …

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Year End: Are You Ready?

October 22, 20180

‘Hard to believe, I know, but the end of the year is fast approaching! Preparing now can save you a lot of headaches as December 31 gets closer. Three of the top tasks to accomplish prior to the end of the year are discussed herein. Included with this month’s blog is a more comprehensive listing of year-end tasks, in the form of a Year-End Checklist to help you manage the items that can cause the most problems if left unattended. One of the biggest and more time-consuming of the year-end tasks is ensuring your employees’ address information of record is correct. By tackling this now, you can reduce or eliminate the number of W-2s that are returned to you due …

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