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Have you heard about the newest employee perk?

What's one of the most cutting-edge employee benefits right now? Company-provided student loan assistance for employees who are paying back student loans.

With a record amount of student loan debt attached to the incoming workforce (visit finaid.org to see a student debt clock that now tops $1.3 trillion), companies that rely on a college-educated workforce--and want to attract and retain the best workers--are starting to offer student loan assistance to meet this immediate financial concern of many employees.

Lawley Recognized as a 2016 Healthiest 100 Workplace in America®

Buffalo, N.Y. (Oct. 20, 2016) – Lawley, a Top 100 independent insurance broker in the United States according to Business Insurance, has been recognized as a 2016 Healthiest 100 Workplace in America, an awards program presented by Springbuk®.

The top one hundred employers were recognized at the Corporate Wellness Conference® in Washington D.C. The winning organizations are honored for their commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate wellness programming. Over 5,000 employers applied for the Award nationally.

ACA and Employers: Terms to Know about Offers of Health Coverage

Under the Affordable Care Act, certain employers – known as applicable large employers – are subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions. You might be thinking about these topics as you make plans about 2017 health coverage for your employees. 

If you are an employer that is subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions, you may choose either to offer affordable minimum essential coverage that provides minimum value to your full-time employees and their dependents, or to potentially owe an employer shared responsibility payment to the IRS.

Here are definitions of key terms related to health coverage you might offer to employees:

Michael Wooten of WGRZ to Compete in the Suneel’s Light's Dancing With The Stars Themed Charity Gala

Michael Wooten of WGRZ to Compete in the Suneel’s Light's Dancing With The Stars Themed Charity Gala


The Suneel’s Light Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to raising funds for research that will lead to the treatment and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), while increasing public awareness of the genetic disease, is proud to announce that the fourth annual Suneel’s Celebrity Gala will be held on October 29th, from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. in the elegant grand ballroom of Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. The “Dancing with the Stars” inspired event will feature six, well-known, local celebrities from across Western New York showcasing their dancing prowess in a head-to-head competition. Tickets for Suneel’s Celebrity Gala are $175 per person or $325 a couple.

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15

What is the Medicare open enrollment period?

The Medicare open enrollment period is the time during which people with Medicare can make new choices and pick plans that work best for them. Each year, Medicare plans typically change what they cost and cover. In addition, your health-care needs may have changed over the past year. The open enrollment period is your opportunity to switch Medicare health and prescription drug plans to better suit your needs.

When does the open enrollment period start?

The Medicare open enrollment period begins on October 15 and runs through December 7. Any changes made during open enrollment are effective as of January 1, 2017.

During the open enrollment period, you can:

·         Join a Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Plan

IRS Announces New Waiver Procedure for Taxpayers Who Inadvertently Miss the 60-day Rollover Deadline

Background--direct and indirect (60-day) rollovers

If you're eligible to receive a taxable distribution from an employer-sponsored retirement plan (like a 401(k)) you can avoid current taxation by directly rolling the distribution over to another employer plan or IRA (with a direct rollover you never actually receive the funds). You can also avoid current taxation by actually receiving the distribution from the plan, and then rolling it over to another employer plan or IRA within 60 days following receipt (a "60-day" or "indirect" rollover). But if you choose to receive the funds instead of making a direct rollover the plan must withhold 20 percent of the taxable portion of your distribution, even if you intend to make a 60-day rollover. (You'll need to make up those withheld funds from your other assets if you want to roll over the entire amount of your plan distribution.)

The Queen City High School Game Jam Powered by AT&T to Provide Students a Hands on Experience

The Queen City High School Game Jam Powered by AT&T to Provide Students a Hands on Experience

The Buffalo Game Space, InfoTech WNY, WNY STEM Hub and AT&T have partnered to create The Queen City High School Game Jam Powered by AT&T, the region’s first high school game jam, offering a unique opportunity for local public high school students interested in learning what it takes to make a video game and gain a new technological skill for free.  This applied educational experience is designed to introduce and encourage more students to follow along a technology or STEM career path. The event will challenge teams of high school students from Hutchinson Central Technical High School, City Honors School, Computing Academy of Technology Sciences at Bennett, Leonardo da Vinci High School, Wellsville High School and an all-female team consisting of members of the year-long It’s Your World! Develop It! Powered by AT&T coding program, to develop functional video games that have an overarching theme of social good.