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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 07:53
Small Businesses Can Enroll for Coverage That Begins As Soon As January First
Covered California™ today officially launched the full self-enrollment function of the Small Business Health Options (SHOP) online marketplace. This significant new function on the Covered California website will enable small businesses to fully enroll for coverage that may begin as early as Jan. 1, 2014.
"Small businesses now have new options to provide more choice for their employees and new affordable options for their business," said Covered California Executive Director Peter V Lee. "Covered California has created the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) to help the small business owners to get the best value for themselves and their employees. Since October more than 1,500 small business owners have begun the process of exploring whether the SHOP program is right for them."
Small-business owners with one to 50 eligible employees may now enroll in Covered California's Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) plans for coverage effective January 1, 2014. Like the health insurance plans in Covered California's individual market, Covered California's SHOP plans were negotiated to bring a standardized set of benefits, a robust provider network, and a broad choice of health insurance plans with competitive pricing to employers and their employees.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 07:25
A cornerstone of successful nonprofit fundraising is trust. While there are many reasons to give, there are also reasons why people, foundations and corporations do not give. One reason is a lack of trust: donors and funders don't trust the nonprofit to use the funds for the stated purpose. Here are some suggestions to help ensure your institution or organization retains a high level of trust from current and prospective donors.
Whether you are raising funds for an annual campaign or for a capital, endowment or other campaign the process of building trust begins with how you define what you are raising money for. Gain consensus amongst leadership (board and executive) regarding how much money you seek to raise and how the funds will be used. Be specific. Measure your progress against the agreed upon goal.
Work with the development committee of the board to develop gift acceptance policies. These can help avoid future confusion. For example, how long are your pledge periods, and when do you write off uncollected pledges? How do you account for gifts of real estate?
Monday, 02 December 2013 19:59
Washington, D.C., December 2, 2013 — It's that time of the year again, and as it does every holiday-party season, the Small Business Legal Center of the National Federation of Independent Business, America's Voice of Small Business, is advising its members to keep celebrations safe by watching out for two problem areas: Intoxication and harassment.
An increasing number of states require employers to exercise reasonable care to prevent injuries by intoxicated employees leaving holiday parties. To avoid many of these liability issues, an employer should lessen the role that alcohol will play during the festivities. Consider the following suggestions when planning your office party:
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