This month: "NFDA International Convention & Expo Recap"
NFDA Expands Meet the Mentors Program For 2015
Funeral directors under 40, enter for your chance to participate today
For Immediate Release: December 17, 2014
Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Meet the Mentors program will be bigger and better than ever in 2015. Meet the Mentors, which is planned exclusively for young funeral professionals, will take place March 16-18 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, located on the campus of Emory University, in Atlanta, Ga. Meet the Mentors is held in cooperation with the Funeral Service Foundation.
Good News On The Death Tax
Posted: December 15, 2014
As part of the 2012 "fiscal cliff" deal, NFDA supported an estate tax provision that prevented the automatic return of a $1 million federal death tax exemption, setting it at $5 million and indexing it for inflation. This benefitted many family businesses, such as funeral homes. The IRS has just announced the exemption will rise to $5.43 million in 2015, providing families with another $90,000 of flexibility to plan. According to a recent analysis, the exemption has risen $430,000 since 2011, an average of $107,500 each year.
VA Memorial & Burial Benefits - Help Ensure Unclaimed Veterans Receive a Proper Burial
Posted: December 15, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs your help ensuring unclaimed veterans receive a proper burial. "Unclaimed veterans" are defined as those who die with no next of kin to claim their remains and insufficient funds to cover burial expenses. A VA pension or other compensation is no longer a prerequisite for unclaimed veterans to receive burial benefits.
New OSHA Reporting Requirements for Fatalities and Severe Injuries
Updated: December 5, 2014
One of the exceptions to the exemption funeral service has from annual OSHA recordkeeping is the requirement to report fatalities and to report workplace incidents in which three or more workers are hospitalized. That is slated to change in January 2015.
Still need CE hours for 2014?
NFDA has nearly 70 distance learning options to help you earn the CE you need this year. NFDA courses purchased in 2014 are approved for CE through December 31, 2014. To ensure that you receive 2014 CE, we recommend that you complete home study course(s) by Monday, December 22, 2014; online courses must be completed by December 30, 2014. Visit www.nfda.org/distancelearning or call your NFDA member services representative at 800-228-6332 for more information.
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