News & Events
This month’s newsletter has some great articles about the state of heath care in the US, how best to hire to fit your culture, and information HR seminars that you don’t want to miss!
Early this month, we hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception for our new Santa Maria office. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce as well as other business and community members. The Chamber wrote a lovely article that captures our excitement for this new opportunity. The article also features a video interview with our CEO, Brendan Morris, discussing how this has been a long time in the making and we are looking forward to meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of new and existing clients in Santa Barbara County.
On Friday March 24, 2017, Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, announced that the American Health Care Act has been pulled from consideration on the House floor. Republicans were not able to garner a sufficient number of votes amongst conservative and some moderate members in order to secure passage in the House. The bill, had it passed, would have begun the process of reforming major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) including the employer and individual mandates. With this legislative defeat, Speaker Ryan acknowledged that, “we will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
Speaker Ryan further announced that the Republicans will be moving on to other items in their legislative agenda including tax reform and infrastructure spending. This in effect kills heath care reform for at least 2017. In fact, there may not be another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act until after the mid-term elections in 2018.
Please contact Morris & Garritano Director of Compliance Keith Dunlop at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805.597.6378 for questions regarding this or any other ACA-related issue.
This past weekend, and for the second year in a row, Morris & Garritano employees and friends volunteered alongside hundreds of community members for an event called Love SLO. This annual day of service matches volunteers with non-profit projects throughout San Luis Obispo.
This year, M&G had 48 volunteers! It was too many for one project, so we had the opportunity to help out two great causes – The SLO Food Bank and The Women’ Shelter Program. We were able to assist with various projects at both organizations and had were able to learn more about the care they provide and the assistance that is needed in SLO County.
While we love giving back to our community, we also love that these events give us a chance to spend time with our co-workers outside of the office. We value the relationships that we build at M&G and appreciate any opportunity we get to strengthen them. I can guarantee we’ll be volunteering again next year – hopefully with even more team members!
With daylight saving time in full effect, we now have an extra hour of sunlight! Know what you can do while relaxing in the sunshine? Read our March issue of M&G | exposure Newsletter!
Valentine’s Day is approaching and what better way to surprise your loved ones than with the gift of the latest M&G | exposure newsletter? We know they’ll love it!
Offering a full range of client services including employee benefits, commercial insurance, and personal insurance, our Santa Maria staff is eager to share their knowledge and expertise with a growing community.
If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that is easy to keep, we recommend reading the M&G | exposure newsletter every month! There’s no better time to start than the present, so check out January’s edition!
The Morris & Garritano employee benefit webinar series is designed to provide our clients with the latest updates on employee health and welfare best practices, compliance strategies, and regulatory updates.
All webinars are eligible for HRCI, SHRM and CEBS credits unless noted otherwise.
An Overview of the ACA Reporting Requirements
(Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C)
Join Stacy Barrow, Esq. for an informative webinar answering common questions and discussing best practices, including “limited non-assessment periods”.
Participants will come away with an understanding of how to address opt-out payments, non-union employees, and conditional offers of coverage to spouses.
To register for this webinar:
January 11, 2017
9:00 am – 10:00 am PST
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