Here are this week’s links to a few good stories that we found and selected because we feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to medium size businesses.

  •  Should small businesses in Massachusetts rest easy about The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) given that health care reform in the Commonwealth has been the law of the land for several years?  Not really. Julie Donnelly, writing for the Boston Business Journal speaks about significant rate increases for employers with less than 100 workers. In Small businesses face new ObamaCare hardships, Donnelly speaks in detail about the dilemma for small businesses who do not participate in a large employer health plan.
  • The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that a new Form I-9 to verify identity and employment requirements of new employees must be used beginning March 7.  A 60 day grace period has been extended for employers to use the current form until May 7, 2013. To learn more, read the TLNT post written by Shannon Stevenson: New I-9 Form Finally Released; Employers Must Use It by May 7
  • Oftentimes, small business owners seek the services of a PEO following a labor audit.  While not often pleasant, a business owner should know how to be at the ready.  Barry Moltz, writing for Open Forum offers some pointers in How to Survive a Department of Labor Audit.