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Archive for December 2017

House and Senate Pass Tax Reform Bill

On Dec. 20, 2017, the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is now expected to be signed into law by President Trump shortly. This tax reform bill, drafted based on a tax reform plan that was developed in…

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Paid Sick Leave – State Law Overview

As a growing trend, states across the country are continuing to enact their own paid sick leave laws. Currently, eight states and the District of Columbia have enacted statewide laws that require employers to provide paid sick leave benefits to employees. Employers that are subject to these laws may face compliance challenges as they update…

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2018 Minimum Wage Rates

The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. However, many states have adopted minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate. When the state rate and the federal rate are different, employers must pay their employees the higher rate. The following states have adopted new minimum wage rates for 2018:   ·   Alaska…

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2017 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently unveiled its top 10 most frequently cited violations. The agency reports the leading causes of workplace injuries during its fiscal year (October through the following September). The 2017 top 10 list of most frequently cited standards did not change significantly from 2016, with fall protection violations remaining…

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