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​The Internal Revenue Service has released a final Form W-4 for use in 2020. A significant change for the 2020 form is that it does

​On November 6, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2019-44 announcing the following limit increases for 2020:The contribution limit for employees who

On October 22, 2019, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a position/policy statement addressing cannabis impairment in safety sensitive positions and the NSC position that

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule regarding overtime pay. The ruling updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt

Question:Should we include holidays, PTO, vacation, or other leave taken during the workweek in calculating overtime premium pay under FLSA rules?Answer:Because holiday, PTO, and vacation

Question:In the process of auditing I-9s, we found some I-9 forms containing incomplete or inaccurate information. What should we do?Answer:If information on an employee’s Form

North Carolina, August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today revealed that Congruity HR, a Professional Employer Organization (“PEO”), is No. 3969 on its annual Inc.

Question:May an employer delay designating paid leave as FMLA leave or permit employees to expand their FMLA leave beyond the statutory 12-week entitlement?Answer:No. According to

On May 28, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced (Rev. Proc. 2019-25) the 2020 inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) as determined under

Question:What determines if an employee falls within one of the white collar exemptions?Answer:Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), to qualify for exemption, a white

Question:What procedures should we have in place for our biometric fingerprint scanning timekeeping device?Answer:Biometric systems for authentication, security purposes, and timekeeping are increasingly being used

Reporting RequirementsAll employers must report the following work-related incidents to the Occupational Safety andHealth Administration (OSHA): Fatalities​​​​​​ Inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees Amputations

Question:If an employee's hours are reduced below 30 hours per week, would the employee need to stay in the health plan even if they longer

Question:When the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) conducts an unannounced investigation to determine compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act, is the auditor permitted

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM, document number 2018-23952) in the Federal Register proposing that states be

Question:When employers provide employees with time off from work for religious holidays, are employers also required to pay employees during this leave of absence?Answer:Federal law

Question:Should an employee's background check, interview notes, and benefit information be kept separate from the personnel file?Answer:"Yes". As a best practice, background checks and interview

On November 1, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax

The Treasury Department recently announced that the IRS will implement a redesigned W-4 form for tax year 2020, a timeline that will allow for continued

On September 17, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security and United States Citizenship and Immigration Serviceannounced that E-Verify expanded its access to Department of Motor

Question:How do we handle overtime pay calculations for hourly employees when they receive non-discretionary bonuses?Answer:A non-discretionary bonus is a bonus based on an employee meeting

On August 17, 2018, the federal Internal Revenue Service released a private ruling letter (Number 201833012) concluding that an employer may amend its 401(k) plan

Question:If we have a substantial number of Latino employees, are we required to provide our employee handbook in Spanish?Answer:While providing an employee handbook in additional

Question:Can we maintain a zero-tolerance marijuana use policy in our workplace if medical marijuana use is legal in the state?Answer:Yes, you can. Employers have an

How has your company addressed these critical processes? 1.) Identify the human resources (HR) risks, opportunities, and costs within your company2.) Create job descriptions3.) Define

Question:We received notification from our workers' compensation claims adjuster that an employee who is on workers' compensation leave has been released to return to work

01. It's too long, inconsistent, or redundant.Like with your house, when you live with an employee handbook for a while, you collect things and it

Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the 2018 annual contribution limit to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for persons with family coverage under a

Question: While working, an employee assaulted his coworkin in our California workplace. May the injured employee pursue a workers' compensation claim?Answer:Yes. An employee who is

The 2,232-page budget spending bill that was signed by President Trump on March 23, 2018, included an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Question: We had an employee walk off the job after admitting that she was stealing money and property from the workplace. She has not returned to

The volume of public allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault, fueled by high-profile women honored as Time magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year—The Silence

On January 18, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a final rule increasing the penalty amount from $534 to $545 for violations

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) amending the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tax rates and

On December 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the tip regulations under the Fair Labor

Question: We have an employee who is on modified assignment due to a workers' comp claim. Do we have to pay for the time spent

On an October 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced plans to undertake new rulemaking regarding overtime.On July 26, 2017, the DOL published

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting contribution limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year

On October 6, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions released two memos for all component heads and U.S. attorneys, per President Trump’s instruction in Executive

Question:Our company would like to enroll on E-Verify, but we have different companiesunder one larger company. Would we need to create individual accounts or can


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