Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are company-sponsored programs that provide assistance to employees for a variety of personal issues that may be hindering or adversely affecting their work performance. Typically offered through third-party administrators, EAPs can provide their services online or via telephone and can sometimes be a part of the employee’s healthcare plan, however it […]

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 […]

The COVID-19 crisis has not only stolen the health and well-being of people all over the world, but now, it seems, it has opened the door to criminals who want to steal your money and your identity. Historically, when there are times of crisis, the crime rate increases. We see this with natural disasters when […]

January 2021 Life insurance is complicated. Even if you already have a life insurance policy, you may need to have a trusted advisor review it to make sure that it is still “in force”. A major part of reviewing policies involves in-force illustrations. Here we outline the who, what, when, where, why (and how) surrounding […]

Disability insurance is a type of insurance coverage that replaces a portion of your monthly income in the event you are unable to perform your work functions due to illness or injury. This insurance gives both yourself, and those who are dependent on you and your paycheck, a sense of financial security while you are out […]

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 […]

There is never a better time to look towards the future than right now. Goal setting does not need to be constrained to the start of a new year. So, let’s look at three helpful tips for effective goal setting. First, what is a goal? A goal is defined as “the object of a person’s […]

By Morgan Carpenter January 2021 If you have looked at insurance plans before, it is likely you have stumbled upon these acronyms at one time or another. But what exactly are HSAs, HRAs, and FSAs? While the letters differ, they all are ways to cover health expenses. Below, we will outline the major similarities and […]

By Morgan Carpenter December 2020 According to Fidelity, this year the average couple needs $295,000 for medical expenses after the age of 65. As that number sinks in, people tend to respond with, “Well, Medicare will cover that, right?” While Medicare covers many health care expenses, it does not cover everything. Even on Medicare, people […]

By George Paulsen, Hood & Strong LLP November 2020 Two measures passed last week increasing business taxes in San Francisco. Propositions F and L were passed by voters aimed at businesses with over 2 million dollars in gross receipts. What is Proposition F? Proposition F, now law, repeals the payroll tax and raises the gross […]