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Service helps employers Understand Affordable Care Act

Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC), a leader in human resource and employment law services for the business community, announces its Health Care Reform Assessment program, a specialized service helping employers understand and comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  This service analyzes the impact of health care reform on an employer and provides steps to implement the changes necessary to ensure compliance.

The Health Care Reform assessment includes a one-hour consultation with a health care reform specialist working through a customized, detailed checklist for implementing the necessary changes related to the Act. Available to existing members, the assessment helps member companies navigate requirements of the law, including:

·         Qualifications necessary for an organization to be considered an “Applicable Large Employer,” including how to analyze variable hour, seasonal, and part time employees
·         Insurance affordability and minimum value requirement calculations
·         Potential fees for not providing compliant coverage to the vast majority of all full-time employees
·         Considerations for joining the Small Business Insurance Marketplaces
·         Eligibility for tax credits for employers who do provide insurance
·         What employee notices are required under the Act and when they must be delivered

“It’s important that employers continue to prepare for the impending requirements of the Act even with the delays of the employer mandate until 2015,” said Mountain States Employers Council’s Ryan Sarni. “Employers should take advantage of this additional time to make sure they fully understand the impact on their business and start the process of preparing for the changes. Additionally, employers who are offering insurance next year still have a host of new requirements that will impact their plans.”

MSEC also offers its members free access to the new Health Care Reform Learning Zone, a comprehensive online tool providing easy access to an interactive, informative portal to guide them through the administrative details and requirements of health care reform. Based on the demographics of the employer, the tool guides members through the relevant Affordable Care Act requirements.

Non-members who are interested in learning more about the assessment, online learning zone tool or MSEC membership can contact Karen Stafford, Membership Development at 602.955.7558 or 800.437.9262 (toll free) or email azinfo@msec.org for more information.

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Arizona Employers Learn Workplace Violence Prevention

The Phoenix business community has already experienced several tragedies, with the first workplace shooting of the year in January, and the most recent incident involving a personal relationship issue erupting into another workplace shooting. Though the circumstances leading to these violent outbreaks differ, business owners and human resources professionals can learn from them and be prepared to prevent similar situations.

On Wednesday, June 5, expert speakers Dr. James Turner and Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC) staff attorney Dave Dixon will share a series of interactive vignettes designed to help employers to respond promptly, effectively and appropriately to inappropriate workplace behaviors that create disruption in the workplace, while also minimizing risks related to unlawful discrimination under the ADA, even as disability claims continue to rise. The workplace violence discussions and other significant employment and labor law trends and changes are part of this year’s Employment Law Update at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Ave., in Phoenix.

While violent behavior can manifest for many different reasons, mental illness is often a root cause. Employers must discern between abnormal but harmless behavior and the signs of a violent progression. MSEC, a leader in human resource and employment law services, helps employers understand the legal and psychological aspects of mental illness; identify warning signs of aggression; and ward off or respond to escalated incidents.

“Whether in the workplace, or society-at-large, failure to effectively manage conduct that may or may not be related to mental illness may bring consequences from simple organizational inefficiencies to the more tragic and violent consequences we have all too frequently seen,” said Dixon.

For more information about MSEC’s services or the Employment Law Update, visit www.msec.org.

For 70 years, MSEC has hosted educational events such as the Employment Law Update for employers throughout the Western United States to maintain productive employer/employee relationships and to build effective, successful businesses.

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Survey Projects Pay Increases Across Arizona in 2013

Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC), a leader in human resource and employment law services for the business community, announced the findings of its recent employee pay projections survey and found that Arizona employers are anticipating a 2.8 percent pay increase in 2013. The projected increase is higher than the 2.4 percent projected increase for 2012.

Survey findings were collected from 580 organizations in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming and represented a cross-section of industries, including the government, manufacturing, natural resources, non-profit, technology, financial and real estate, insurance, health care, retail and wholesale, service, construction, and utilities.

“Our survey data indicates that employers in Arizona are looking more positively at economic conditions in 2013 and projecting continued improvements in employee pay,” said Patty Goodwin, director of surveys for Mountain States Employers Council.  “Mountain States Employers Council surveys member organizations throughout the year to build an understanding of compensation budget and views related to economic conditions.  Survey data can then help employers across the state with total compensation planning and benchmarking for their organizations.”

Key findings from the survey included:
> Pay increase projections by location. Of the three states surveyed, employers in Arizona reported the highest pay increase projection at 2.8 percent, while Colorado and Wyoming came in at 2.4 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.  Metro Phoenix employers projected a 2.9 percent pay increase; Tucson employers surveyed predicted a 2.6 percent increase.
> Arizona non-profit and public sector employees projected to see greatest increase. Non-profit employers across Arizona are forecasting raises of 3.4 percent in 2013; government employers (not including utilities) are projecting a 3.1 percent increase.
> Arizona manufacturing industry reports lowest projected increase. Manufacturing employers report a 1.9 percent projected increase in pay for 2013, and come in the lowest of industries participating in the survey.
> Compared to previous years, Arizona employers’ projections are up from the 2.4 percent increase in pay estimated for 2012. By industry, Arizona’s public employers last year reported the lowest pay projection at 0.0 percent and the retail/wholesale industry the highest projection at 2.8 percent.

“Mountain States Employers Council watches a number of economic and compensation indicators to assist Arizona decision makers in planning future salary adjustments and the surveys help provide a complete look at the local market,” said William L. Smith, Jr., MSEC vice president.  “Our goal is to support local organizations by serving as a clearinghouse of business, economic and human resources information used in the development of personnel policies, benefit design, and compensation plans.”

For more information, visit MSEC.org.