State and local officials were quite busy in 2018, especially when it came to employee-related laws. There were changes in 27 states and several important municipalities that affect employers of all sizes. There are caveats to many of these laws so employers should make sure to take note about which laws apply to their organizations.
Tax season is in full swing, and so are email scams. Chuck Rettig, IRS Commissioner notes “the holidays and tax season present great opportunities for scam artists to steal valuable information through fake e-mails”. Scammers will send emails that look like they’re coming from the IRS or business vendors and partners in the community. These
Employee resignations can be a trying, and at times confusing process for both employers and employees especially when handling unemployment claims. A particularly complicated piece of this process occurs when an employee’s resignation is accepted immediately. This means that an employee has resigned and given their notice, however their employer accepts the resignation immediately. This
New York state recently released a proposed model sexual harassment policy and a proposed model training program that can be used to comply with New York Labor Law Section 201-g, which requires that all employers either (i) use the model forms, or (ii) establish a policy and training program that meet the state’s minimum requirements.
You may already know that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), is an agency of the federal government, created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), for purposes of interpreting and enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination. Federal laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against any applicant and/or employee based on race, color, religion,
Recently, the IRS released Notice 2018-71 which provides an in-depth Q & A on the employer tax credit for paid family and medical leave. The tax credit applies for both 2018 and 2019 tax years. The topics within this Q & A are: Eligible Employers Family and medical leave Minimum paid requirements Calculating and claiming the
There has been a lot of changes this year across the United States. Here are several state-specific (and some city-specific) compliance advisories for your review. New Jersey Enacts Statewide Paid Sick Leave On May 2, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (Act) into law. This Act will
Ban the Box refers to the “box” on job application forms asking prospective employees whether they have ever been convicted of a crime. Some jurisdictions make it illegal for employers to ask applicants such questions until the interview stage while others ban the practice until a conditional job offer has been made. The trend of
Lots of changes this year in California. Here are just a couple of the major developments you should be aware of if you are running a business in California: San Francisco Amends Ban-the-Box Law On April 3, 2018, San Francisco amended its Fair Chance Ordinance. The amended ordinance, which will take effect on October 1,
In a ruling with potentially sweeping consequences for the so-called gig economy, the California Supreme Court recently made it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The decision could eventually require companies like Uber, many of which are based in California, to follow minimum-wage and overtime laws and to