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HEALTHCARE: FINAL RULE ON 90-DAY WAITING PERIOD

February 21, 2014

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services have announced the publication of final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) 90-day limitation on waiting periods for health coverage. 90-Day Limitation Under the final regulations, employers, group ...

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EMPLOYER TO PAY $6.8 MILLION FOR ILLEGAL TIP POOL

February 20, 2014

A Pennsylvania employer has agreed to pay more than $6.8 million in back wages and damages for serious wage violations involving tipped employees.  The employer, Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain Chickie's & Pete's, signed a consent judgment agreeing to pay current ...

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DIRTY DOZEN TAX SCAMS FOR 2014

February 19, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding employers and employees to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud. The Dirty Dozen ...

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ONE YEAR DELAY IN ACA INSURANCE MANDATE FOR SOME EMPLOYERS

February 17, 2014

The Obama Administration has released final regulations on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that includes a partial delay in the effective date of employer responsibility payments (penalties) for certain employers. The regulations answers many of the questions that continue to trouble employers ...

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NEW MINIMUM WAGE FOR FEDERAL CONTRACT WORKERS

February 13, 2014

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a minimum wage of $10.10 beginning January 1, 2015. A fact sheet issued by the White House says the order applies to U.S. contractors, such as National Park Service concessions ...

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DISCRIMINATION CHARGE STATISTICS FOR 2013

February 7, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released enforcement and litigation data showing that the agency obtained the highest monetary recovery in agency history for 2013, increasing by $6.7 million to $372.1 million. The data provides detailed breakdowns for the 93,727 charges ...

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USCIS RELEASES NEW VIGNETTES ON FORM I-9 COMPLETION

February 5, 2014

The USCIS just released three short video vignettes for employers and employees that demonstrates how to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Every newly hired employee must complete Form I-9, including citizens and nationals of the United States. Both the employer and the ...

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CALIFORNIA POSTER CHANGES

January 28, 2014

Several California employment posters have been updated and employers should replace them at this time. The latest required poster changes include the California minimum wage poster, discrimination poster, unemployment poster, and Cal/OSHA. The poster changes include the following:  ...

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SELF-IDENTIFICATION OF DISABILITY FORM RELEASED

January 27, 2014

Last August, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final Rule that makes changes to the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (see previous Hot News ).  Section 503 prohibits employment ...

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EMPLOYER PAYS $2.2 MILLION FOR HIRING DISCRIMINATION

January 24, 2014

A meat production company charged with hiring discrimination has agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle the case. The company will pay back wages and interest to nearly 3,000 applicants rejected for jobs. The U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ...

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