Keeping You Current
 May 2015 Monthly Newsletter
Thank you to all who responded to the brief survey we emailed on April 29. It is important that we hear from you, as our newsletter is customized to the interests of our clients. Of course, we welcome your questions, comments and feedback at any time.

We asked, "What topics are on your "hot list" this quarter?" A whopping 90% said it's the Paid Sick Leave Law. Just about half, 46% of you are thinking about IRS Reporting Requirements and ACA Updates while 20% are considering cutting edge payroll systems.

Please take a few minutes to get up to speed on this month's updates:

  1. Paid Sick Leave Law: "The Moving Parts" and an Upcoming Webinar
  2. 6055 & 6056 Reporting Requirements - Figuring it All Out
  3. Wellness Done Right! 2015 Healthiest Employer Awards
  4. Respect in the Workplace: Required Management Training Opportunity
Preparing for California's New Paid Sick Leave Law
By Kim Silvers, SPHR-CA, President, Silvers HR  


As you've heard, California's new paid sick leave law, AB 1522, also known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 or "HW/HF", was effective on January 1, 2015. The most critical part of the law becomes effective on July 1, 2015 wherein all employees must begin earning paid sick leave under an accrual or a front load method. The law requires employers to grant all employees an accrual of one hour for every 30 hours worked; or front load 24 hours or 3 days each 12 month period.


There are several "moving parts" to the law and more parts that are yet to be clarified by the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Even if your employees currently receive paid sick leave, the new law includes provisions and requirements that your policy and practices likely do not reflect. Employers should not assume that as long as all employees are granted 24 or more hour of sick leave annually that everything is "good to go" for HW/HF compliance.


Here are some short term decisions employers should be reviewing in preparation for the new endeavor:

  1. Determine if your current sick leave or Paid Time Off (PTO) program allows ALL employees to earn at least the minimum sick leave hours required. (With very few exceptions, HW/HF applies to all regular exempt and non-exempt full-time and part-time, temporary, paid interns, intermittent and per diem employees.)
  2. If "no" to #1, then determine if you will use the accrual or front load method. (You may offer different methods to different employee classifications, but no less than 24 hrs or 3 days.)
  3. Determine if your current sick leave/PTO policy covers all the new HW/HF requirements. (It likely does not.)
  4. Verify that your payroll service or HRIS can track and print sick/PTO hours for paycheck stubs or create a separate document each pay period.
  5. If you offer no sick leave currently, budget for this expense.

The DLSE has recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions. We encourage you to review the FAQ's and of course if you have additional questions, contact your BDR Account Manager.



Complimentary for BDR Clients 

June 2, 2015
10-11 am




Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014
(Paid Sick Leave Law)

Let us help cure your sick leave law headache


Join Silvers HR for this BDR sponsored webinar to discuss California's new Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act and how it affects your business. During this information packed webinar we will help answer the following questions:

  • What posting, notice and recordkeeping requirements do I need to meet and when are they effective?
  • Is my current paid leave policy sufficient to meet the new law requirements?
  • What are the new eligibility, accrual and usage requirements?
  • How does this interact with other policies and laws?
Did You Know? 6055 + 6056 = 1095 
And How This May or May Not Apply to Your Company       

So no, that equation is not really correct unless you are the IRS! 6055 and 6056 are the code sections that layout the IRS filing requirements for companies to report about their health insurance plans. That actual reporting will be completed with Form 1095. 

Still confused? Click here to read Laurie's latest blog post that explains this bit of math and provides a graphic that will help you determine which, if any, of these code sections and forms apply to your company.


Wellness Done Right: Again and Again!           
BDR Again Recognized by Sacramento Biz Journal       

Benefits Done Right was again honored as one of Sacramento's Healthiest Employers by the Sacramento Business Journal. While we didn't win the top spot for businesses under 100, we are inspired and thankful to be included in such great company. Company that included the winner and BDR client, Digital Deployment who collected their second award in as many years. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!


As a lifelong advocate of good health, the wellness of our team is always top of mind. CEO Laurie Rood encourages and enables the Team at BDR in all aspects of wellness: physical, mental, financial, professional, and spiritual. "It's truly the reason why the team at Benefits Done Right is the best there is." says Laurie.   


We also consult with our clients who strive to make wellness part of their corporate culture; we'd be happy to share our best practices with you.  


Respect in the Workplace Seminar          
CA Required Training for Managers with 50 or more Employees and Contractors      

Have you completed your required AB 1825 management training? This workshop is required for all California supervisors and managers in companies with 50 or more employees and/or contractors. The course must be completed within 6 months from hire or promotion and then repeated every two years. This session meets all requirements of sexual harassment prevention training in AB 1825, and the new California "abusive conduct" topic. The experts at Silvers HR make this a fun and fast way to meet the CA state requirement!


When: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Time: 9:00am-11:30am

Where: Sleep Train Arena, 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834

Cost: Public, $75;BDR Clients, $37.50 (Yes that's 50% off for BDR clients!)


Reservations only accepted through May 25, 2015. Contact Vina Zender at or 916-791-8506 to reserve your spot today!  


Benefits Done Right Insurance Agency, Inc.
601 University Avenue, Suite 250 / Sacramento, CA  95825
800-482-1817 / 916-568-2345 / fax: 916-564-9228

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