Blog Posts for July 2015

Employee or Independent Contractor? Making the Wrong Classification Can be Costly.

July 30, 2015

Misclassifications of employees are a continuing area of enforcement by the Department of Labor, the IRS and even some states. There are a number of critical factors involved when determining whether to classify someone as an employee or an independent contractor.

Making Sense of the Proposed New Overtime Pay Rules

July 22, 2015

New regulatory changes proposed by the Obama administration, through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), would extend overtime benefits to millions of workers.

While not a minimum wage hike, the changes may cause many employers to react as if the federal minimum wage had been increased.

What the changes mean to employers

Unemployment Claims: How Employers Can Protect Their Rates and Manage Risks

July 13, 2015

Unlike federal unemployment taxes, which have a fixed rate for all employers, state unemployment tax rates are not fixed.

Employers often can protect their unemployment tax rate from rising and successfully challenge unemployment claims by following human resources best practices and maintaining a solid understanding of the unemployment claims process in their state.

Religious Accommodations in the Workplace - What Employers Should Know

July 7, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled against retailer Abercrombie & Fitch in a significant employment discrimination suit filed by The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The case underscores the need for comprehensive HR training for all those with the authority to hire and fire workers.

The Minimum Wage Wave Rides On: Changes for 2015 and Beyond

July 1, 2015

The media dubbed 2014 “the year of the minimum wage,” following a wave of protests by minimum wage workers demanding higher pay. The wage rallies continue in 2015, triggering multiple states, cities and other localities to move wages well above the federal minimum. The bottom line for all companies is that they must closely monitor the changing laws to ensure compliance.

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