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Monday, March 16, 2020

C&B Temporary Adjustment to Client Services

Our existing clients know we take great pride in our client service.  Due to public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus, we have adjusted our service model for the next few weeks.
In order to protect our team and to otherwise slow or limit the impact of the coronavirus, we are taking the following measures until further notice:
  • Walk in appointments cannot be accepted
  • New client appointments will be deferred
  • Currently scheduled client appointments will continue
  • We will ask all visitors to self-screen
  • We will offer phone or video consults in lieu of office meetings
Otherwise, we remain open for business.  

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Voluntary Closures in Allegheny County


Allegheny County has Requested Certain Non-Essential Businesses Close Temporarily

The request is to close places for the next 14 days to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Click here for the link.
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Info on Eastern PA Temporary Closures


In order to avoid confusion in our communities, we are sharing the PA Department of Economic and Community Development's request for "non-essential businesses" to close temporarily in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

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March 14, 2020

Dear business owner: The Pennsylvania Department of Health is committed to keeping all Pennsylvanians safe and healthy, and we are taking every measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Friday, March 13, 2020

Industry Guidance on Gaps in YOUR Business Insurance Coverage


For some industry insight on things that can create a gap in your policy coverage.  We suggest reviewing your policy with your broker/agent at least annually to ensure your questions are answered.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus


 

To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19. For employers who have already planned for influenza pandemics, planning for COVID-19 may involve updating plans to address the specific exposure risks, sources of exposure, routes of transmission, and other unique characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 (i.e., compared to pandemic influenza viruses). Employers who have not prepared for pandemic events should prepare themselves and their workers as far in advance as possible of potentially worsening outbreak conditions.
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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus and YOUR Business


The "pandemic" classification of the COVID-19 / Coronavirus has caused many questions and concerns among the business community.  

Here are some non-medical things you should should know:

 

WHOSE GUIDANCE DO I FOLLOW?

We do not recommend following what you heard on the news channel.  Instead ----

  • In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health has responsibility to enforce the Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955 unless there is a county level agency.

  • In Allegheny County, look to the County of Allegheny Department of Health for direction.  

    •  ACDOH defers to the CDC guidance- "For all businesses and organizations, ACHD is recommending that the CDC’s guidance is followed which includes actively encouraging sick employees to stay home or separating sick employees, emphasizing cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene, performing route cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces and providing disposable wipes for those surfaces to be used by employees.


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Friday, December 27, 2019

SECURE Act: How It Will Affect You and the Beneficiaries of Your Retirement Accounts


On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act). The SECURE Act, which is effective January 1, 2020.

 

The Act is the most impactful legislation affecting retirement accounts in decades. The SECURE Act has several positive changes: It increases the required beginning date (RBD) for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your individual retirement accounts from 70 ½ to 72 years of age, and it eliminates the age restriction for contributions to qualified retirement accounts. However, perhaps the most significant change will affect the beneficiaries of your retirement accounts: The SECURE Act requires most designated beneficiaries to withdraw the entire balance of an inherited retirement account within ten years of the account owner’s death.
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Congress Passes "Secure Act" - Retirement Savings Strategy Must Be Reviewed


On December 17, 2019, Congress passed the long awaited SECURE ACT (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019).  

 Link to SECURE Act

Some of the key points:

  • The required beginning date to take RMDs is increased to 72
  • Allowing retirement plans to be effective for current year when amended
  • Reducing the "stretch" to 10 years for most beneficiaries 

 

For ease of understanding the Act (located in Section O of the 2019 spending bill), here is the relevant table of contents.
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

What Records Do Small Businesses Need to Keep for Taxes?


What Records Do Small Businesses Need to Keep for Taxes?

Tax season is just around the corner, so now is a great time to make sure that you are retaining all the documentation you need to back up the income, deductions, and credits listed on your small business’s tax return. Keeping the proper records is not optional—it is required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Recordkeeping System

The IRS does not require a specific type of recordkeeping system. Rather, you must simply use one that clearly shows your income and expenses. Although the type of business you own affects the types of records you need to retain for taxes, in general, you should keep records (either hard copies or electronically) summarizing your business transactions.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

New Overtime Rules Issued by US Department of Labor


Attention Small Business Owners: New Overtime Rule Issued by the Department of Labor

At the end of September, the Department of Labor issued a new overtime pay rule that will take effect on January 1, 2020. According to the Department of Labor, the new rule will make 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay. It is important for small businesses with employees to be aware of the changes to avoid violating the rule by misclassifying their employees, which could result in the payment of back overtime, civil or criminal penalties, and damages.

The Basics

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers must pay employees overtime pay (1 ½ times their regular hourly rate) for hours worked exceeding 40 hours in a workweek unless the employees are exempt because they are (1) paid a salary (2) of at least a minimum amount and (3) meet certain tests regarding their job duties.
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Dealing with Negative Online Reviews of Your Business


Dealing with Negative Online Reviews of Your Business

You’ve worked hard to build your small business. Nothing is more frustrating than negative online reviews, particularly if you feel they are unjustified or have been posted in bad faith. There are several steps that you can take to prevent your business’s reputation from being damaged by unfavorable reviews.

Respond promptly and professionally. More and more potential customers are turning to internet review sites like Yelp or Google My Business when they are making decisions about which businesses to patronize.
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