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2015 FORM W-4 NOW AVAILABLE

December 8, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2015 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 complete Form W-4 ...

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New Paid Sick Leave Poster and Notice For January 1

December 2, 2014

As we reported last September , California’s new Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 ( AB 1522 ) requires mandatory paid sick leave for employees beginning in 2015. In addition, the Act creates new posting and notice obligations for employers.  The California ...

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SOCIAL SECURITY COLA INCREASE FOR 2015

November 21, 2014

The Social Security Administration has announced that the monthly benefit for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income will increase by 1.7 percent in 2015. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits increase automatically each year based on the rise in the Bureau ...

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FALL PROTECTION GUIDE FOR WORKERS

November 21, 2014

OSHA has released a new web resource for residential construction employers to protect workers from falls. The new website provides details about equipment highlighted in OSHA's Guidance Document for Residential Construction.  A description or purpose of each fall protection device is ...

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ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS IN THE WORKPLACE

November 14, 2014

Recent reports released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveal that 10.8 Million Full-Time Workers Have a Substance Use Disorder. The two reports highlight the importance of addressing the needs of people in the workplace who have these disorders. ...

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IRS ANNOUNCES TAX CHANGES FOR 2015

November 14, 2014

For tax year 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced annual inflation adjustments for more than 40 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. The tax items for tax year 2015 of greatest interest to most taxpayers include the following dollar amounts: ...

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EMPLOYER JAILED OVER OSHA NONCOMPLIANCE

November 12, 2014

A U.S. Marshall has taken an Illinois business owner into custody after the employer failed to correct workplace hazards and pay OSHA fines. On October 27, 2014, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion filed by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez against the owner of Mike Neri ...

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TWO CALIFORNIA CITIES VOTE TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE RATES

November 7, 2014

During the recent mid-term elections, two California cities voted to increase their local minimum wage rates. On November 4, 2014, San Francisco became the second U.S. city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, while the City of Oakland voted to increase its minimum wage to $12.25 per hour. ...

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DOL DELAYS ENFORCEMENT OF HOME CARE WORKERS PAY RULE

November 5, 2014

In October 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule that extended minimum wage and overtime protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to home care workers, effective January 1, 2015. The DOL has now announced it will delay enforcing the new rule regarding domestic ...

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POSTER PUFFERY: DISPELLING THE MYTHS

October 27, 2014

It’s that time of the year again when commercial poster vendors are bombarding businesses with exaggerated advertisements and alarming notices in order to convince unsuspecting employers to buy a new set of labor law posters for the New Year. With that in mind, it is also a good time to ...

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