Compliance Focus

ETS Tax Intelligence: SUI Tax Rate Forecasting

Situation By June 30th, most of the employer-specific information used by state workforce agencies in determining state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rates has been established.  This is known as the “computation date,” the date employer tax rates are computed for the forthcoming rate year.  Despite having information necessary to compute SUI tax rates, states will [Read More…]

June 2016 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant filed for benefits after being discharged. He was allowed benefits upon a finding that he was fired, but not for misconduct connected with his work. The employer disagreed and appealed. A hearing was scheduled before an administrative law judge. At the Hearing The Employer’s Evidence:  The claimant violated the employer’s harassment policy, [Read More…]

Bulletin: WOTC Transition Relief Period Extended

Situation Following a hiatus in 2015, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program was extended retroactively for hires from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019. Earlier this year, the IRS issued Notice 2016-22 providing for “transition relief” for employers to file WOTC form 8850 for any hires from January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016.  The [Read More…]

Internal Reorganization: A Case Study on Unemployment Impacts

As a number of restaurant organizations continue to expand and evolve to meet their strategic initiatives, it often leads to internal reorganizations that can have significant unemployment tax impacts.  These changes can take on many different names, including: Internal reorganizations Spin-offs Mergers / consolidations Workforce realignments Restructuring Case Study:  One of our prominent restaurant chain [Read More…]

US Department of Labor Issues Guidance on WOTC

Today the United States Department of Labor released a new Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) outlining updated guidance for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Highlights in the TEGL include: An extension of the transition relief period for all WOTC categories to August 31, 2016 (with forms due to State Workforce Agencies by September [Read More…]

Gainful Employment: Department of Education Completers List

If you are an institution with one or more Gainful Employment (GE) programs, you should have received your Draft Gainful Employment Completers List from The Department of Education. The Completer Lists are utilized to identify the applicable students who graduated from GE programs from 2010 to 2012.  These graduates will be included in the first [Read More…]

Making the Right Hire: Verifications Help Decrease Risk

Situation The cost of making the wrong hire can be extremely detrimental to an employer. The actual cost can be more than the salary, benefits and training expense related to that employee, and can also include potential damages from litigation, injuries, headline risk, internal fraud, theft and embezzlement which can be enough to put a [Read More…]

Bulletin – I-9 Compliance: CO Repeals Affirmation Document Process

On June 8th, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed Colorado House Bill 1114.  This new law, which goes into effect August 10, 2016, removes the duplicate reporting requirements imposed by the state, as the federal I-9 process is already aimed at verifying employment eligibility. To review, the Colorado Employment Verification Law went into effect in January [Read More…]

Article: “How to Ensure Your Company is Immigration Compliant”

In the May 2016 issue of HR Magazine, Irina Plumlee, immigration practice group leader in the Dallas office of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr shares best practices in an article titled, “How to Ensure Your Company Is Immigration Compliant”.  Plumlee says, “There are few employment processes where taking a proactive approach pays off better than immigration [Read More…]

Join Equifax on your ‘Journey to Compliance’ at SHRM – booth #837

Equifax Workforce Solutions at this year’s Annual SHRM Conference As an HR professional, managing your workforce can present a number of different compliance challenges and opportunities, including: HR compliance – onboarding, I-9, Work Opportunity Tax Credit screening, state compliance requirements Affordable Care Act Management Unemployment Cost Management and related employment tax implications Employee data security [Read More…]