Closeout 2016 right and prepare for 2017 with these tips for your business:
Download metrics. Run reports on Google Analytics and your point of sale system to spot trends and identify goals you’d like to capitalize on this next year.
Make charitable contributions. Tax code is sure to change in 2017. Check with your CPA to see if it might benefit you to maximize your 2016 donations.
Pay 2017 expenses in advance. Use some of your extra cash to pay things like rent, travel, and conference fees now so you can decrease your tax liability for 2016.
Plan your first campaign of 2017. Even if you only outline an idea, set the groundwork for your first marketing push of the year.Update security features. One credit card breach can take down your business. Make sure all software is up-to-date and EMV compliant.
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With the continued growth in the craft brewery industry, it is critical that a increased focus is placed on safety and the development of a safety culture. Recently, there has been an increased presence from OSHA in setting and enforcing new safety and health requirements in all industries; the craft brewery industry is not an exception. There are several key elements that a brewery can include in their safety program to improve or enhance their overall safety culture. Below are a few examples to help protect yourself and your employees:
Personal Protective Equipment: Incorporate protective clothing, helmets, goggles and equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection.
Confined Space Training: Establish protocols, procedures and provide continued training to employees who enter confined brewery spaces.
Fall Protection: Proper tie-off techniques and specialized equipment will help keep employees safe.Partnering with the right safety professional can help you navigate and reduce your exposures.
President-Elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated on January 20, 2017. One of his expected first acts as President will be to move forward with tax reforms to simplify the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and lower tax rates for individuals and businesses. Proposed business tax reforms include cutting the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent and taxing pass-through businesses, i.e., S-corporations and partnerships, at a 15 percent rate. Proposed individual tax reforms closely follow reducing the top marginal income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent and creating a zero percent tax bracket. His proposed tax reform also eliminates the often misunderstood Alternative Minimum Tax. It is not certain all of his proposed reforms will become law, but significant reforms could benefit most U.S. taxpayers. ACM is available to help you monitor the changing tax environment and tak
To “accept assignment” means your doctor, provider, or supplier agrees to accept the Medicare-approved amount as full payment for covered services. If they do not accept assignment, they are called non-participating providers. Non-participating providers have not signed an agreement to accept assignment for all Medicare-covered services.
They can still choose to accept assignment for individual services. If your doctor, provider, or supplier does not accept assignment, you might have to pay the entire charge at the time of service. The non-participating providers can charge you more than the Medicare-approved amount, but there’s a “limiting charge”. The provider can only charge you up to 15% over the amount that non-participating providers are paid. Non-participating providers are paid 95% of the Medicare fee schedule amount. The limiting charge applies only to certain Medicare-covered services and does not apply to some supplies and durable medical equipment.
Columbine Medical Equipment accepts assignment with Medicare.
When purchasing (often even leasing) commercial or industrial property, the answer is usually yes. Environmental issues take various forms, such as soil and groundwater contamination, mold or asbestos on structures, or the presence of wetlands or endangered species. They can even emanate from neighboring properties.
The context of the property and its intended use inform the nature of the environmental review. Often used is a Phase I Assessment, where a qualified consultant conducts a non-invasive evaluation of the property designed primarily to help protect against liability arising from contamination. It can also identify environmental issues that might render the property unsuitable for intended uses. For some properties however, a lesser screen may suffice.
Environmental issues need not be a deal killer — just identified and accounted for before closing. A knowledgeable environmental attorney can help a client define the proper scope of the investigation, and work with the consultant to meet the unique needs of the transaction at hand.
Big Fish provides a unified solution for HR, Payroll, Time and Attendance, Paperless Onboarding, and Benefits Administration. We have been Southern California’s favorite HR & Payroll services company for over 13 years, and Big Fish is entering the Colorado market to help businesses of all sizes manage and care for their most valuable resource, their employees.
Big Fish Founder & CEO Justin Dignam chose Colorado specifically to expand his business as both his children are Buffs at CU Boulder. “Visiting Boulder for the 4 years my daughter studied at CU, and now with my son also attending, it is so evident all the good things Colorado has to offer them as people. Additionally, the business climate includes a well-educated and forward-thinking workforce, which is the exact audience who can appreciate what we have to offer”.
Our team has the knowledge and expertise to guide your organization into prospering with the latest technology bundled with a boutique service experience. Contact your new human capital management partner in Colorado for an HR compliance audit or payroll services consultation.
All construction fences are down and Phase II is now complete! Our leased, 34 mid-century modern patio homes provide open floor plans with an emphasis on natural light. The 3 color schemes Bronze, Chrome, and Nickle make you feel right at home. Lease rates range from $2,400 to $2,900 per month.
Conveniently located off of Main and 14th street in Windsor, our walkable community is within walking distance of grocery stores, pharmacies, and doctor’s offices. The universal design features and accessibility additions make Westwood the most unique patio homes in Northern Colorado.
Are you 55+, looking to downsize from your home, live a maintenance- free life, and have fun? If so, Westwood is the perfect place for you! Our units are leasing quickly, so stop by for a tour of your next home today!
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Most small and mid-sized businesses today use the traditional fully funded health insurance model to cover their employees.
With that many have experienced double digit rate increases annually for the past decade. The question many are asking, “How can we keep absorbing these increases?” The answer, “You can’t.”
Unless organizations begin to recognize the need to connect the dots between the well-being of their employee population and their insurance trend they will undoubtedly soon be priced out of the market.
It is time for employers to understand the only way to control their rising insurance cost is to help manage the health risk of their organization. Once they understand the risk they can put appropriate programming in place, engage their employees, and track their results.
There is no quick fix, however a meaningful program will over time drive trend down and allow employers to provide more meaningful benefit programs.
When a commercial lease is necessary for a business owner, they must understand that agreement beyond the monthly rent and duration. Some important clauses are:
Maintenance of Common Areas. Guidelines of how and by whom stairways, lobbies, sidewalks, and other areas are maintained establishes expectations between landlord and tenant and promotes cooperation.
Restrictions as to Use, Noise, or Traffic to the Location. A lease may prohibit specific businesses or limit activities allowed on the premises. A tenant should evaluate how this may its business before signing the lease.
Restrictive Covenants. A restrictive covenant in one tenant’s lease may prevent a landlord from renting to another tenant with a similar business, or may prevent that tenant from expanding its business.
A savvy business owner will understand the lease in entirely, and will seek advice from competent legal counsel on complex issues.
HR Services & Payroll
Big Fish HR Managed Services is dedicated to making HR and Payroll a simple and integrated solution for new, established, and growing businesses.
Our HR Managed Service is a relationship-based consultancy service. You’ll get a dedicated HR Consultant who will work with you to build healthy HR practices that keep you compliant and in-the-HR-know.
Your company can benefit from partnering with Big Fish to save money, since you can save 30-60% on HR costs by utilizing this service versus hiring a full-time, in-house HR employee. This is also a fabulous, cost effective alternative to expensive PEOs.
Working with HR Managed Services mitigates your legal and financial risks and allows you to focus on your company’s strategic goals, rather than your administrative woes.
Be strategic, not administrative.
The Health & Wellness Partnership is celebrating the third year of providing quality health and wellness programming at city recreation centers throughout Fort Collins. Together, Columbine Health Systems, UCHealth, and the City of Fort Collins continue to offer high quality programming by vetted professionals.
We have increased our massage, acupuncture, and nail services to accommodate higher demand at the Senior Center, while continuing to offer our most popular group exercise classes – Boomer Boot Camp and Cardio, Core, & More. With 65-75 different options each quarter, our extensive range of topics covers the spectrum of medical subjects to holistic options. The Aging Mastery Program will be offered again this fall and is the perfect series of classes to inspire small changes which can make an enormous impact on health.
See the Health & Wellness section of the Recreator for a complete list of activities and registration information – www.fcgov.com/recreator.
Distractions while driving can occur everyday and seem to be everywhere; this can include text messages, phone calls, a quick meal on the road, all of which interrupts a driver’s attention. Have you thought, “What would happen if a distracted driver caused a serious accident? Would their insurance be enough to cover all damages and injuries?” The answer is more than likely “no.”
Obtaining additional coverage for accidents caused by uninsured or underinsured motorist has become crucial. Excess Uninsured/Underinsured (UM) Motorist coverage is available as part of a Personal Umbrella Policy. Umbrella Liability provides protection from civil suits as a result of your actions. The Excess UM coverage provides coverage for you and members of your household, if the other party is at fault and does not have enough liability coverage to pay for injuries and damages. UM coverage also provides coverage for you as a pedestrian or bicyclist.
Whether for profit, non-profit, or public sector, employee handbooks are a great tool that should not be overlooked. Although an employer is not required by law to have an employee handbook, the law affords certain protections to employers who have an effective complaint process when defending a lawsuit from an employee. For these protections to apply, however, the employee must be aware of the complaint process. The best way to inform employees of the complaint process is via an employee handbook, because typically, employees certify they received and reviewed the handbook before their employment starts.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission gives suggestions of an effective complaint process. Its full guidance can be reviewed at www.eeoc.gov/policy.docs.harassmnet.html.
Employee handbooks are a wonderful tool so employees know what is expected of them and what they can expect of their employer. Employee handbooks could also save your business from liability.