Thursday, January 15, 2015

Obstacles Remain as Drone Use Nears

The drones are coming.

Not as flying deliverymen that bring diapers, books or soup cans to your home, a vision put forth by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to much fanfare a little more than a year ago.

Instead, drones will help spray crops, inspect high-voltage power lines and hover over movie sets to provide directors with new vantage points. They will also work for insurance companies, real estate agencies, ski resorts and dozens of other businesses.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Warming Car Ahead could Lead to Fine and Theft

As freezing temperatures overtake much of the U.S., many drivers will consider warming their car up ahead of time. But depending on where you do it, some may be surprised to learn that it is against the law in certain states.

Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin all prohibit leaving keys in a car while the engine is running. Some states impose fines as much as $500 for doing so. Colorado has a law against “puffing” (which refers to the puffs of exhaust from the tailpipe of an idling vehicle) with fines of up to $100. In Minnesota, both Minneapolis and St. Paul police could cite a driver for leaving the keys in the ignition unattended. St. Paul police can go one step further by taking the car keys to a local police station.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ACA Required Reporting

Click below for links to a past webinar presentation and recording on ACA Required Reporting.

- Learn how to protect yourself from fines that can cost your company thousands of dollars per day in penalties

- Discover why you need to evaluate your existing HR systems and their ability to capture the right information

- Gain a clear understanding of what data needs to be captured

- Learn how you can reduce the administration burden on your HR staff by leveraging technology

- Discover a cost-effective way to improve your existing processes.

Click here for the presentation

Click here for the webinar recording

IRS Form 1095-C - Draft Form

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Here's what the experts predict for stocks and economy in 2015

Wary optimism, not great expectations, pinpoints the outlook for stocks in 2015, top equity strategists told our sister site, ThinkAdvisor, in interviews earlier this month.

Next year -- the third in the U.S. Presidential Election-Year Cycle and historically a strong one for stocks -- is pegged as a continuation of the long bull market, though a handful of significant emerging shifts could make the ride less than smooth.

“There are lots of big, pivotal changes in terms of the direction of various indicators,” says Savita Subramanian, head of U.S. equity strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “We have the first Fed tightening in nine years, OPEC’s behavior that effectively signaled they’re playing a long game of not cutting oil production -- arguably, to stem the U.S. shale story; and a stronger U.S. dollar.”



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Senn Dunn Welcomes Trion!

Senn Dunn Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company (MMA), is pleased to welcome their Greensboro-based Marsh & McLennan Agency employee benefit partners (locally known as Trion) into their corporate office on North Elm Street in Greensboro. This move will allow Trion and Senn Dunn employee benefit clients to experience the best of what each organization can deliver while gaining the synergy and efficiencies of working in a common office under the brand of Senn Dunn/MMA.

Monday, January 5, 2015

New OSHA Reporting Rules in Effect January 1, 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, all employers under the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be required to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.

The federal agency noted that even employers who are exempt from routinely keeping OSHA records due to company size – such as companies with 10 or fewer employees who do not have to routinely keep injury and illness records – or industry must comply with the new reporting guidelines.

Previously, employers only had to report all work-related fatalities and hospitalizations of three or more employees involved in the same incident.