• Changes to Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

    Small employers should be aware of changes to the small business health care tax credit, a provision in the Affordable Care Act that gives a tax credit to eligible small employers who provide health care to their employees. Beginning in 2014, there are changes to the tax credit that may affect your small business or tax-exempt organization: • Credit percentage increased from 35 percent to 50 percent of employer-paid premiums; for tax-exempt employers, the percentage increased from 25 percent to 35 percent. • Small employers may claim the credit for only two consecutive taxable years beginning in tax year 2014

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  • BE REMARKABLE!

                         Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy talks values with chicken suppliers Feb 12, 2015By Gary Thornton What’s the top concern of the CEO at the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the U.S.? It’s not the temperature of Chick-fil-A’s waffle fries, the crispness of lettuce in their salads, or even the tenderness and flavor of the boneless breast of chicken on their sandwiches. It is values-driven service that is yielding sales increases at Chick-fil-A, according to CEO Dan Cathy, who spoke to chicken suppliers at the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Harold E. Ford Foundation Executive Luncheon during the 2015 International

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  • NEW 2015 OSHA REPORTING REQUIREMENT: Jan. 1, 2015

    New reporting requirements: Employers required to report fatalities and severe injuries and illnesses. As of Jan. 1, 2015, employers covered by federal OSHA are now required to report work-related fatalities within 8 hours and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. The updated reporting requirements have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.

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  • Worker under reports hours? You still owe OT!

    by THE HR SPECIALIST on FEBRUARY 11, 2015 9:30AM in HUMAN RESOURCES,OVERTIME LABOR LAWS Do you have clear policies stating that employees can’t work off the clock, must record all hours worked and must report to HR any supervisor who demands early clock-outs? Good! However, that doesn’t mean you’re immune to a wage-and-hour lawsuit. If you know or should have known that an employee is working without being paid, you owe the money—even if the employee ignored your rules. Recent case: Santonias worked for TitleMax in Jonesboro, Ga. He often worked more than 40 hours per week. Santonias knew the

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  • GHS The Look of Things to Come

    New chemical labeling and Safety Data Sheets will begin shipping June under OSHA’s updated Hazard Communication Standard. Are you ready for the changes? Safety Data Sheets and chemical labels beginning to arrive at work sites, experts recommend employers take the following steps: Train employees. The deadline to ensure all workers are familiar with the updated labeling and SDS elements was Dec. 1, 2013—but retraining is available through Southwest Technology Center at no cost to businesses. Get the new SDSs. Take steps, including contacting chemical manufacturers, to ensure you have updated SDSs by June 1 for all chemicals onsite. Review the

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  • Health Care Law Brings Changes to IRS Tax Forms

    This year, there are some changes to tax forms related to the Affordable Care Act. Along with a few new lines on existing forms, there will also be two new forms that will need to be included with some tax returns. While most taxpayers will simply need to check a box on their tax return to indicate they had health coverage for all of 2014, there are also new lines on Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ related to the health care law. To help navigate these changes, taxpayers and their tax professionals should consider filing their return electronically. Using tax

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  • IRS: Top Five Reasons to E-file

    Are you still using the old school method of doing your taxes? Do you still mail paper forms to the IRS? If so, make this the year you switch to a much faster and safer way of filing your taxes. Join the nearly 126 million taxpayers who used IRS e-file to file their taxes last year. Here are the top five reasons why you should file electronically too: 1. Accurate and easy. IRS e-file is the best way to file an accurate tax return. The tax software that you use to e-file helps avoid mistakes by doing the math for

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  • HR program at SWTC January 14

    Governmental Intervention – is it helping or hurting your business’s bottom line? Come learn about the impact of federal and state legislation on your business for 2015. Bob Milner (VP with City Nation Bank and Trust and Vice Chair for Governmental and Military Affairs – Chamber of Commerce) along with Bill Phelps (Lobbyist and Consultant with Bill Phelps and Associates) will examine essential legislative, regulatory, local government, and operational issues influencing your private and non-profit business. When: Wednesday January 14, 2015 from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM CST (Room 115 at SWTC) This will be an interactive distance program between

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  • Welcome to the new SWTC BisBlog!

    Each Friday (and as important information comes across our desks) we will be publishing a new Blog Post that will contain information that we hope is beneficial to you personally or to your business. If you have questions, concerns, or topics you would like to see addressed on this blog, please feel free to comment in the appropriate space on the BisBlog OR email one of the Bis team and we will attempt to find what you need. Our Administrative Assistant’s direct phone line is 580-480-4723 or email dthompson@swtech.edu, trabalais@swtech.edu or lmiller@swtech.edu. We are looking forward to communicating with you

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