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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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HOME OFFICE DEDUCTION MADE SIMPLER

January 17, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced a new, simplified option for claiming a home office deduction. Many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers will be able to use the new method to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes. Nearly 3.4 million ...

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ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENTS FOR 2013

January 15, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the annual inflation adjustments for tax year 2013, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes from recently passed legislation. The tax items for 2013 of greatest interest to most taxpayers include the following changes: ...

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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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