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Cobbs Allen Holds Active Shooter Training

Posted by on February 1, 2016

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Cobbs Allen associates recently had the opportunity to take part in an active shooter training course led by Lt. Ryan Bennett of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Marine Police Division. Lt. Bennett is very experienced and knowledgeable about the topic and was able to engage participants in discussion about the matter. This company-wide discussion took place in response to the increasing number of mass shootings, defined as an incident where four or more people are killed or injured. 

Unfortunately, no one is immune to these tragedies, and it is important to be prepared in the case of a dangerous scenario. While these incidents are unpredictable and evolve quickly, there are often warning signs and actions that can be taken once you learn to identify intelligent options when confronted with an active shooter situation. Here are some of the ways that groups can prepare:


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Cobbs Allen and StyleBlueprint are excited to announce an upcoming seminar focusing on how digital advertising can increase the revenue of your business. The one hour sessions are offered over two days at a variety of times so as many people as possible can attend. The seminar will educate participants on using digital marketing to grow your business, the basics of digital advertising, the best practices in hyperlocal digital marketing, how digital marketing compares to traditional advertising, and free tactics you can use! Digital revenue expert, Tim Reynolds, is speaking at the event. Reynolds has more than 15 years of experience creating and executing local digital revenue strategies. He is a published thought leader who has presented at major media conferences on trends and successes with digital marketing. He has the unique ability to explain complicated digital ideas in a way that business owners can utilize information to help their business excel. 


Top 5 OSHA Changes for 2016

Posted by on January 11, 2016

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The last year of President Obama’s administration is fast approaching and 2016 looks to be a busy time for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as it attempts to finalize significant rulemakings and guidance documents.

Here are the top five OSHA changes to look out for in 2016.

OSHA PENALTIES ARE GOING UP

After years of lobbying from OSHA to increase the penalty amounts, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which President Obama signed into law on Nov. 2, 2015. Section 701, “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,” requires OSHA to increase its civil penalties for the first time since 1990. Under the act, a one-time “Catch Up Adjustment” will occur in 2016 and yearly increases based on the Consumer Price Index will occur each year after that. To effectuate these changes, OSHA will adjust the civil monetary penalties through an interim final rule next year. The increased penalty adjustment must come into effect by Aug. 1, 2016.


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Webinars begin at 11:00 AM Central Standard Time unless otherwise indicated. Click the link to register and include Cobbs Allen as the BAN firm that invited you. 


January 13, ACA Update & Reporting Requirements, Stacy Barrow, Esq.

This webinar provides an update on recent events and regulatory guidance under the ACA, along with an overview of the ACA’s new reporting requirements for 2016.
PASSWORD: ARR1301

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January 20, Hiring the Right People: Best practices for Recruiting and Talent Management, Bobbi Kloss

In this competitive marketplace does your organization have what it takes to attract and retain top talent? Learn best practices to implement within your organization for its total rewards strategy.
PASSWORD: RTM1020

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January 27, Complying with HIPAA's Privacy Rule, Stacy Barrow, Esq.

This webinar explains an employer’s obligations under HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and satisfies HIPAA’s training requirement.  All staff members who use or access “protected health information” as part of their job duties should attend.
PASSWORD: HIP1027

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I-9s Overwhelming You? Cobbs Allen Can Help

Posted by on January 5, 2016

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Serving the needs of our clients is our purpose and to meet these needs, Cobbs Allen has developed a suite of core client services. We leverage our unique and comprehensive knowledge to help clients with the challenges of their business.

How confident are you in your organization’s I-9 files? Are you prepared for an unexpected audit? In a 2015 court ruling, an event planning company was fined $605,250, the largest amount ever ordered at the time, for failure to thoroughly complete I-9 paperwork for its employees. The majority of the violations included the employers’ failure to sign Section 2 of the I-9. 

If you have never conducted an internal review or if it has been several years since the last internal review, our HR Consultants can assist in completing an internal review for a sample of your current employees’ I-9s. A typical review will include an onsite assessment of the current files, a detailed report of the findings, and recommendations to correct any errors.  

For more information about these services, Human Resources Consulting or other Client Services, contact your Cobbs Allen Human Resources Consultant or visit our website www.cobbsallen.com.


Compliance Corner: ACA Reporting Deadlines EXTENDED for 2015

Posted by Tracy Leeth on December 28, 2015

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Great news!  The IRS extended the deadlines for IRC Sections 6055 and 6056 ACA reporting of health coverage and full-time employment status.  Per Notice 2016-4, the extended deadlines are as follows:

  • March 31, 2016 -- Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to Individuals
  • May 31, 2016 (if not filing electronically) and June 30, 2016 (electronic filing) -- Forms 1095-B, 1095-C, 1094-B and 1094-C to IRS
 

Happy Holidays from Cobbs Allen!

Posted by on December 23, 2015

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