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TIME TO POST OSHA SUMMARY 300A

January 14, 2013

Employers with 11 or more employees, whose businesses are subject to Cal/OSHA recordkeeping requirements, must post annual injury/illness summaries for the preceding year from February 1 through April 30 using Cal/OSHA Form 300A. Throughout the year, covered employers are required to log ...

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NEW HIRE PACKET UPDATED FOR 2013

January 11, 2013

The New Hire Packet, which contains the required forms and mandatory notices to be given to employees at the time of hire, has been updated for 2013. The forms updated in the packet include the new federal Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance, and two updated California notices: the ...

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MANDATORY FLU SHOTS CAN BE RISKY BUSINESS

January 10, 2013

With the flu running rampant across the country, employers seek ways to protect the health of their employees while minimizing the impact on business operations. Some have gone so far as to require their workers be vaccinated or face termination. Others have considered taking disciplinary actions ...

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GUIDANCE ON WITHHOLDING IN 2013

January 2, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released new income-tax withholding tables for 2013 and issued special instructions on implementing new income tax and Social Security tax rates. In issuing this guidance, the IRS takes note of the fact that Congress is currently considering legislation ...

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W-2 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE

November 27, 2012

Beginning in 2013, many employers will be required to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan on Form W-2.  However, certain employers are not required to file reports for tax-year 2012 and beyond, until the IRS issues final guidance for this reporting ...

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EMPLOYER PENALTIES UNDER HEALTH CARE REFORM

November 15, 2012

Beginning in 2014, certain employers will face stiff penalties under the new health insurance reform law.  Small employers with 50 or fewer employees are exempt from penalties under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act” or “ACA”), but ...

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DETAILS ABOUT ADDITIONAL MEDICARE TAX IN 2013

August 17, 2012

Beginning in 2013, employees that are paid wages or salaries over $200,000 will see their Medicare tax rate increase from 1.45% to 2.35%.  The higher rate (0.9%) is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and takes effect for tax years beginning after December 31, 2012. The IRS ...

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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS HEALTH CARE ACT

June 28, 2012

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the Court and was joined by Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia ...

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SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

March 14, 2012

Providing health insurance to employees can be a real challenge for small businesses. On average, small businesses pay about 18% more than large firms for the same health insurance policy and they also lack the purchasing power that larger employers have. The Affordable Care Act offers help in ...

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NEW CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2012

November 4, 2011

Governor Brown recently signed several important employment-related bills into law. The new laws contain measures that affect employer’s obligations regarding commission agreements, credit checks, wage and business information notices to employees, health care coverage during leave of ...

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