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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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Guns in Parking Lots Laws by State

When considering whether to prohibit or restrict an employee from storing a firearm in a privately owned vehicle parked on employer property, an employer should first consider state laws. Many states throughout the country have “parking lot storage” laws that give employees the right to keep firearms in their vehicles even when they are parked…

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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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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 Minimum Wage Rates by State

2017 Minimum Wage Rates by State Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage rate for nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour. A number of states have adopted the federal minimum wage rate as their state minimum wage rate. However, many states require employers to pay a higher minimum wage rate.…

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OSHA Fears Breach, Shuts Down Injury Tracking App

Less than one month after its launch, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has suspended user access to its Injury Tracking Application (ITA) due to a security breach. OSHA launched the application on Aug. 1 to allow employers to submit required injury and illness data electronically.  On Aug. 14, the U.S. Computer Emergency…

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The NCCI Remuneration Rule

The NCCI Remuneration Rule In all states but Washington, workers’ compensation insurance uses a remuneration process as the basis for determining the workers’ compensation exposure. Payroll is the most common part of remuneration; however, other components are included as well, such as vacation pay and meals. Most states abide by the rules established by the…

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DOL Withdraws Joint Employment Guidance

OVERVIEW On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew an administrative interpretation regarding joint employment. The interpretation was issued in 2016 by the DOL to help employers identify joint employment situations. The guidance was issued with the intent of preventing employers from using intermediaries to shield themselves from liability under the Fair…

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House Republicans Pass Amended AHCA

On May 4, 2017, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), after it had been amended several times. The AHCA is the proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The AHCA needed 216 votes to pass in the House. Ultimately, it…

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