Trending Employment Laws in 2018

When a city or state passes a new kind of employment law or practice, you can expect other locations to follow their lead. We’ve seen this with paid sick leave, ban the box, social media privacy laws, and other legislation. This year will have its own trending employment laws and best practices. Here are a […]

Best Practices for Preventing Workplace Harassment

A report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) highlights best practices for employers to prevent and respond to workplace harassment. According to the EEOC report, employers should: Foster an organizational culture in which harassment is not tolerated; Adopt and maintain a comprehensive anti-harassment policy (which prohibits harassment based on any protected characteristic, and which includes social media considerations) and […]

DOL Replaces Guidance on Employee Classification

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn its 2014 guidance regarding the meaning and scope of the term “employment relationship” under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and replaced it with its guidance from 2008. As a result of this change, the DOL no longer advises that “most workers are employees.” Withdrawn 2014 […]

HR Snapshot- Workers Compensation Advice

Courtesy of HR Snapshot! Question: An employee injured themselves while on break and had to be taken to urgent care. Does this injury fall under workers’ compensation even through it occurred during a break? Answer from Marisa, PHR: Whenever an employee makes you aware of an injury or accident during the workday or at the […]

Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Form Released

The IRS has released Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums, and related instructions, for tax year 2017. Eligible small employers use this form to figure the credit for health insurance premiums under the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is designed to encourage small businesses and tax-exempt employers […]

3 Tax Recordkeeping Tips for Employers

Keeping good records not only makes tax filing easier and faster, but it can also help you monitor the progress of your business, prepare your financial statements, and support items reported on your tax returns. Here are three simple tips from the IRS to help you get organized: 1. Save Certain Business Records The following are some […]

Taming the Productivity Killers

From water cooler gossip, to interminable meetings, to hours wasted scrolling through social media, the modern workplace is teeming with threats to employee productivity. These distractions are taking a toll: several recent surveys show that U.S. employees are spending a mere 40-50% of their workdays engaged in job-related tasks. Fortunately, there are simple steps you […]

Update: New I-9 Released as of September 18, 2017

Don’t forget!  As of September 18, 2017, you are now required to use the most recent version of Form I-9.  The new form can be found and downloaded here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9 For information on solutions that help you maintain I-9 compliance, please contact Sabrina O’Brien at 480.302.6444 x 607 or by email at sobrien@payrollexperts.com.