May 2016
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ArtJW Welcome Julie Worley - HR Consultant

HR Done Right has hired Julie Worley as their in-house HR consultant. Julie brings her more than 20 years of HR experience to the team, and will lead client services for HR Done Right. She is also president of the Sacramento Area Human Resource Association, the local affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). You can reach Julie directly at or 916-779-3901. We welcome Julie to the Done Right family!  

Click here to read Julie's first blog post.   

Why prepare your company for a Department of Labor Audit? 
  1. If you prepare in advance you should be able to limit how long an auditor spends with your company, reducing the amount of time employees are pulled away from their normal duties. 
  2. You can be reasonably sure that you won't owe any back wages, fines, penalties or unforeseen attorney fees. For further information on how to prepare for an audit, download our white paper, "Don't Roll the Dice on Department of Labor Audits."

The IRS has released the 2017 inflation  adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs). To be eligible to make HSA contributions, an individual must be covered under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) and meet certain other eligibility requirements. An HDHP has a higher annual deductible than typical health plans and a maximum limit on the sum of the annual deductible and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Here are the details:
  • HSA Contribution Limits. The 2017 annual HSA contribution limit for individuals with self-only HDHP coverage is $3,400, and the limit for individuals with family HDHP coverage is $6,750.
  • HDHP Minimum Deductibles. The 2017 minimum annual deductible for self-only HDHP coverage is $1,300 and the minimum annual deductible for family HDHP coverage is $2,600.
  • HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximums. The 2017 maximum limit on out-of-pocket expenses (including items such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, but not premiums) for self-only HDHP coverage is $6,550, and the limit for family HDHP coverage is $13,100.
The $50 increase in the annual HSA contribution limit for individuals with self-only HDHP coverage is the only change from 2016. All of the other amounts are unchanged.

Article reprinted with permission from

DOL Issues Another FAQ on ACA Implementation

A number of federal, state, and local laws require employers to display labor posters in their workplaces that include information about relevant employment laws. Employers should be mindful of the following mistakes concerning workplace posters. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its 31st FAQ on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), dedicated to coverage of preventive services, rescissions of coverage, out-of-network emergency services, clinical trial coverage, cost-sharing limitations, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act. 

To read the full FAQ, click here
art5Accommodating Employees with Disabilities: 
Effective Approaches for the Interactive 
Process and  Providing  Accommodations  

SEAC Event: Wednesday, June 8, 8:00 - 10:00AM
Location: Weintraub Tobin, 400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

Employers generally understand their obligations to accommodate employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. However, many employers are faced with questions about what exactly they need to do to provide accommodations. Please join SEAC for a breakfast meeting designed to help employers with how to approach the interactive process, how to evaluate proposed accommodations, and how to implement or deny requested accommodations. 

8:00 - 8:30AM - Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00AM - Meeting 

The cost for members is $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
The cost for non-members is $50 in advance, $60 at the door. 

SEAC is a not-for-profit employer advocacy group that helps educate employers about relevant employment issues and related legal concerns. BDR CEO Laurie Rood serves on the Board and a number of our clients are members and find the workshops and seminars very valuable. For more details about SEAC and to register for this event, click the link below.

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