By Morgan Carpenter March 2021 Introduction After a year of isolation, grief, and adversity, mental health has been at the forefront of national conversations. How do you take care of yourself, your family, and your colleagues during an unprecedented global pandemic? As people cope with new or amplified feelings of anxiety and depression, employers may […]

February 2021 By George Paulsen, CPA, Hood & Strong LLP Throughout California and across the country, many of us are working almost exclusively from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We must all be careful of the definition of home – young employees could have moved back home with their parents, while others might have chosen […]

By George Paulsen, Hood & Strong LLP December 2020 IRS Code Section 139, written for 9/11 victims in 2001, may help small businesses assist employees with unforeseen costs due to COVID-19 and other recent disasters. A business can write a disaster relief program to give employees nontaxable help. The program must describe the type of […]

November 2020 By Morgan Carpenter As millions of people transitioned to working from home, the needs of employees, as well as the obstacles they face, drastically shifted. Many employers now find themselves navigating being a manager with limited, if any, face-to-face interactions with their team members. How do you effectively supervise your team during a […]

As the weather turns cooler and shopping centers get busier, it’s easy to surmise that it’s nearing the end of the year. Are we all ready for 2020 to be over?! Yes, please! Since we are closing in on 2021, it’s time for you to maximize your healthcare plan by taking advantage of end-of-year healthcare […]

The month of November has a central focus on the holiday, Thanksgiving. Linked with this holiday is the emotion of gratitude. We want to take a closer look at this emotion and see how it is linked to better health and give you some practical tips on how to increase the size of your gratitude […]

In a world where viruses run rampant across the globe and healthcare costs are skyrocketing, there is an easy way for you and your family to stay healthy—preventive care services. Preventive is defined as “used to stop something bad from happening.” Preventive care is care that thwarts off illness or disease thanks to regular check-ups, […]

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare system in the US has changed. More and more, people are seeking out telemedicine services versus the traditional brick and mortar physician’s office. This trend also includes telemental health services as well. So what are the advantages of these services and how are they growing to meet […]

  According to the National Center on Caregiving, a family caregiver (or informal caregiver) is “an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor) involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks.”  In the US, 85% of caregivers care for a relative or loved one with 42% […]

When someone says they want to get healthy, you naturally think of physical health. However, we do have the ability to do a mind workout so that we are mentally fit. We’ve collected some exercises to help you build your mental-muscle-strength and, in turn, build a strong and healthy body. Anxiety disorders are the highest […]