Per-diems

What are the limits the IRS has established for Per-diems? The summer business travel season is in full swing. The IRS guidelines for Per Diem are; lodging, meals and incidentals-$246 per day in high cost areas, $148 elsewhere. Meals and incidentals only $58 in high cost areas, $45 elsewhere. Self employed on travel must document their travel separately, but can …

Government Compliance Study

Small businesses weighed down by government compliance A recent study by the Small Business Research Board (SBRB) finds that small businesses continue to be hindered by government regulation. The study reports that 88 percent of small business owners state that it takes more time than it did just two years ago to comply with government regulation. The results show slight …

Health Saving Accounts (HSA)

The IRS released limits for 2008 & 2009 HSA plans. The Statutory Contribution Amount is: 2008        2009 $2,900    $3,000

Pinnacol Assurance

Pinnacol survey finds customers are more satisfied then ever.  In a recent survey of customers Pinnacol Assurance received it highest satisfied customer rating in years. Pinnacol received a 9.0 out of 10 for customer satisfaction of existing clients. Customers saying that they would return gave Pinnacol a 9.3 rating. The past few years Pinnacol has strengthened its customer service department and …

ACE Cash Express fire’s employees after being Robbed!

As reported in the Rocky Mountain News today, four employees that where held at gun point and robbed have been fired. The four employees have been fired for not following company procedure. When being robbed by what appears to be someone with inside knowledge the employees did not enter an alarm code when opening the company safe. The robber’s told employee not …

Pinnacol Assurance

Pinnacol Assurance will continue it’s safety Seminars for policy holder through out the summer. The June schedule is: June 10 -Understanding the workers compensation process June 17 – Claims 101 June 19 – Domestic and workplace violence June 24 – Safety leadership – beyond Compliance

American Idol remains at the top!

TV reality shows are top subjects around the water cooler, put employees say it is not on company time. American Idol is the most talked about television program in the workplace for the third consecutive year, according to the latest Spherion Workplace Snapshot Survey conducted by Harris Interactive. Most popular talked about shows: 33% American Idol 15% Dancing with the …

OSHA National News

On April 21, 2008, OSHA officially kicked off their “youth job safety” campaign. U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao launched the fourth year of OSHA’s youth public awareness campaign at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City recently. “The Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign educates teenagers on the importance of workplace safety and health habits that will help protect them …

What is a Professional Employer Organization?

StaffScapes is a Denver based Professional Employer Organization serving small to medium sized companies in the Colorado region. Professional employer organizations (PEOs) enable clients to cost-effectively outsource the management of human resources, employee benefits, payroll and workers’ compensation. PEO clients focus on their core competencies to maintain and grow their bottom line. Businesses today need help managing increasingly complex employee …

Making a case for a Professional Employer Organization – PEO

It is difficult to change from “the way things have been done.” Here are a few good reasons why it makes sense to talk to a PEO about partnering with, or creating strategies to use a PEO. Consolidation – Reduce the amount of employment related vendors you use, and use only one, the PEO.  Greater Collaboration – More experience and …