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How Opioid Use Affects Workers Compensation

How Opioid Use Affects Workers’ Compensation Prescription opioids are the number one workers’ compensation problem in terms of controlling the ultimate cost of indemnity losses. This comes from a recent Lockton Companies report that also states that there’s never been a more damaging impact on workers’ compensation claims than the abuse of opioid prescriptions for…

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IRS Issues New Tools for 2018 Tax Withholding

OVERVIEW As of Feb. 15, 2018, employers must use new tables to determine how much income tax to withhold from their employees’ paychecks. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the required new tables in Notice 1036 on Jan. 9, 2018. The new tables are also available in IRS Publication 15. In addition, the IRS issued…

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Workplace Safety Experts Testify on OSHA’s Role

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) should work more cooperatively with businesses and expand compliance assistance programs to help employers have the safest workplaces possible, industry experts said at a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on Feb. 27. “Workplace safety is the responsibility, and should be a chief priority, of all businesses,” said…

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Supreme Court Leaves DACA in Place

The Supreme Court declined on Feb. 26 to review a federal district court decision requiring the government to continue to process Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application renewals. The status of DACA, which grants work permits to those who arrived in the United States as children when their parents crossed borders unlawfully, has been a…

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IRS Issues New Tables for 2018 Tax Witholding

IRS Issues New Tables for 2018 Tax Withholding Starting Feb. 15, 2018, employers must use new tables to determine how much income tax to withhold from their employees’ paychecks. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the required new tables, in Notice 1036, on Jan. 9, 2018. The notice contains early release copies of the “Percentage…

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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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NEWS BRIEF: REPUBLICANS RELEASE TAX REFORM PLAN

On Sept. 27, 2017, the Trump administration—in conjunction with Republican Congressional leadership—released a tax reform plan designed to make significant changes to the federal tax code. This plan is intended to serve as a template for the Congressional tax writing committees that will develop tax reform legislation. This tax reform plan was collectively developed by…

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