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IRS RELEASES THE DIRTY DOZEN TAX SCAMS FOR 2012

March 20, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud. The Dirty Dozen listing, ...

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EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR DISCUSSING WAGES RECOVERS $107K

March 18, 2013

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found that a Texas engineering firm unlawfully fired an employee for discussing salary information with co-workers, and ordered the company to offer reinstatement and to pay back wages for the time out of work. Under the Board Order , which issued ...

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WORKER CLASSIFICATION SETTLEMENT PROGRAM EXPANDED

March 14, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has expanded its Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) allowing more employers to take advantage of this low-cost option that allows them to reclassify their workers as employees for future tax periods. As noted in previous Hot News articles, ...

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NEW FORM I-9 RELEASED BY THE USCIS

March 11, 2013

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The revised Form I-9 has several new features, including new fields and a new format that is supposed to reduce errors. The instructions to the form also more ...

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EMPLOYER HEALTH CARE NOTICE DELAYED

February 25, 2013

The start date for the written health care notice that employers must provide to employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been delayed. On January 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the notice requirement will not take effect on March 1, 2013 as previously ...

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PRESIDENT CALLS FOR MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

February 21, 2013

In his recent 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour in 2015, and index it to inflation thereafter. In support of his request, the President has released a fact sheet detailing his plan to ...

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DOL FINAL RULE EXPANDS FMLA AND REQUIRES NEW POSTER

February 20, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor recently marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by issuing a final rule implementing recent Amendments to the Act. Among other changes, the rule expands the leave which employers must provide to military family members. ...

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MISCLASSIFYING CONTRACTORS CAN BE A COSTLY MISTAKE

February 18, 2013

As one employer recently learned, misclassifying employees as independent contractors can prove to be a very expensive mistake.  After a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigation found numerous wage violations, the employer, Kgb USA Inc., was ordered earlier this month to pay $1.3 million ...

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EEOC REPORTS NEARLY 100,000 JOB BIAS CHARGES IN 2012

February 13, 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges during 2012, down slightly from the previous year. The year-end data also show that retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), ...

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TOP 3 THINGS SMALL BUSINESSES SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ACA

February 8, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a variety of measures specifically for small businesses that help lower premium cost growth and increase access to health insurance. Depending on whether you are a small employer or a larger employer, different provisions of the ACA may apply to your ...

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