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Senate Finance Committee Passes Tax Extender Package

Legislative Update

Beginning on July 21, the Senate Finance committee began their process of a “markup” of a tax extenders bill.  Recall that WOTC – a key element of the tax extenders, has been in hiatus since January 1, 2015.  The text of the markup proposal can be found here.  A markup is an important step in [Read More…]

Bulletin: Labor and Employment Compliance – New State Notification Requirements for RI and OR

I-9 Compliance Remote

Rhode Island Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Bill On June 25, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed Rhode Island Senate Bill 276, mandating the expansion of workplace accommodation for women who are pregnant or nursing. Under the new law, employers are to provide “reasonable accommodation” for employees who require it as a result of a condition [Read More…]

New Hire Notifications and Other State Requirements: Understanding the Compliance Management Challenge

Webcast replay

A leading labor attorney spoke at a recent webinar about the fast-growing number of new hire reporting and notification requirements states are imposing on employers. Chad Richter, a Partner with Jackson Lewis, told an audience of HR professionals about best practices to use in addressing the compliance management challenge: managing the process of monitoring, interpreting and [Read More…]

WOTC Update: Tax Reform and Tax Extenders

WOTC update

Tax reform is sometimes mentioned as a potential cause of delay for the renewal of WOTC and other tax credits.  That is, if tax reform were to happen, then it is conceivable that, as part of that process, various tax credits would cease to be renewed in favor of a reduction and simplification of overall [Read More…]

Webinar: Employment Verifications for ACA

ACA Alert

Webinar: Impact of ACA | CMS on Verifications  Wednesday | July 29th | 12:00 pm CDT; 1:00 pm EDT The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for administering the benefit programs defined by the ACA, will require employer validation of employment and income in assessing applicant eligibility. CMS has selected The Work Number® as [Read More…]

Bulletin: I-9 Compliance – Now is the Time to Assess Your Process

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Now is the Perfect Time to Assess Your I-9 Process In a recent meeting of the American Payroll Association’s Government Relations Task Force Subcommittee on Immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Section Chief Don Buechner affirmed what many of us already strongly suspected—that the number of audits conducted by ICE has decreased from the high water [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: Forecasting SUI Tax Rates

Forecasting SUI tax rates

Situation For most employers, state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rates are generally cyclical.  As demonstrated by the graph, national average SUI tax rates  trend downward during a period of economic growth and trend upward following a period of economic downturn (as was the case with the “Great Recession”).   However, trends are not always exact and [Read More…]

Webinar: E-Verify and Your Restaurant

risk based authentication

Restaurants are at great risk for I9 audits and fines as they are constantly recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. Due to increased enforcement of regulations, it’s now more important than ever for restaurant managers/operators to properly document the work eligibility status of all their employees. Worksite enforcement audits are becoming more common in the [Read More…]

Four Trends in Wage Audits and Earnings Verifications

unemployment trends

New unemployment insurance (UI) integrity regulations are looking to stem the “pattern of failure” of employers and state agencies to accurately report eligibility requirements. These failures account for $4.15B in improper benefits and overpayments and has helped create 10 states with insolvent unemployment trust funds. A new federal mandate, The Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act [Read More…]

King v. Burwell: Subsidies Stand

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling in the King v. Burwell case stating that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does in fact allow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide Premium Tax Credits, or subsidies, for health insurance provided under the Federal Marketplace. Although the language of the law states that subsidies are [Read More…]