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NEW FORM I-9 RELEASED BY THE USCIS

March 11, 2013

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The revised Form I-9 has several new features, including new fields and a new format that is supposed to reduce errors. The instructions to the form also more ...

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EMPLOYER HEALTH CARE NOTICE DELAYED

February 25, 2013

The start date for the written health care notice that employers must provide to employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been delayed. On January 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the notice requirement will not take effect on March 1, 2013 as previously ...

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PRESIDENT CALLS FOR MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

February 21, 2013

In his recent 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour in 2015, and index it to inflation thereafter. In support of his request, the President has released a fact sheet detailing his plan to ...

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DOL FINAL RULE EXPANDS FMLA AND REQUIRES NEW POSTER

February 20, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor recently marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by issuing a final rule implementing recent Amendments to the Act. Among other changes, the rule expands the leave which employers must provide to military family members. ...

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MISCLASSIFYING CONTRACTORS CAN BE A COSTLY MISTAKE

February 18, 2013

As one employer recently learned, misclassifying employees as independent contractors can prove to be a very expensive mistake.  After a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigation found numerous wage violations, the employer, Kgb USA Inc., was ordered earlier this month to pay $1.3 million ...

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EEOC REPORTS NEARLY 100,000 JOB BIAS CHARGES IN 2012

February 13, 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges during 2012, down slightly from the previous year. The year-end data also show that retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), ...

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TOP 3 THINGS SMALL BUSINESSES SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ACA

February 8, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a variety of measures specifically for small businesses that help lower premium cost growth and increase access to health insurance. Depending on whether you are a small employer or a larger employer, different provisions of the ACA may apply to your ...

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COMPANY TO PAY $50K FOR FIRING DISABLED WORKER

February 5, 2013

A California-based company will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC had charged REDC Default Solutions, LLC with unlawfully failing to accommodate a disabled worker at its ...

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2013 IRS FORM W-4 RELEASED

January 23, 2013

In mid-January, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finally released the 2013 Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate . Employers use the W-4 Form to determine how much federal income tax to deduct from employees’ pay. Form W-4 Basics All newly hired employees must ...

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CHANGES MADE BY THE TAXPAYER RELIEF ACT

January 19, 2013

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) into law. This new law addresses many of the tax issues that were debated by Congress at the end of 2012, and which were referred to by many as the “fiscal cliff.” The ATRA addressed various tax ...

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