Compliance Focus

Bulletin: Labor and Employment – 2015 State Legislative Review

2015 State Legislative Review 2015 proved to be another busy year with the state wage and hour laws, with numerous states passing new laws requiring employee notifications.  A few issues were at the top of many state agendas and seem likely to remain so this year, although employers should not concentrate solely on those issues.  [Read More…]

Joint Employer Liability Changes – How Big of an Issue is it for Employers?

Joint employer liability changes – how big of an issue is it for employers? Will 2016 be the year in which joint employer liability will be a major issue for employers? It is safe to assume the answer is yes.  In September of 2015, The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) focused their attention on the [Read More…]

Bulletin: OSC/ICE Release Joint Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits

OSC/ICE Release Joint Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits On December 17, 2015, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued their long awaited guide to internal employer I-9 audits, entitled “Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Audits”.  The guidance states that it is intended to help employers [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: New York SUI Savings Opportunities

Situation In February of 2016, it is anticipated that New York state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rates will be issued. Their issuance will create three potential savings opportunities for employers: voluntary contributions, joint accounts, and negative write-offs. Employers must have a plan in place for reviewing and analyzing these opportunities to meet the state’s March [Read More…]

Temporary Protected Status Extensions: Sudan and South Sudan

Temporary Protected Status Extensions: Sudan and South Sudan Temporary Protected Status (TPS) may be designated for a foreign country when conditions temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely (among other reasons).  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the [Read More…]

Bulletin: Work Opportunity Tax Credit Expands

Work opportunity tax credit expanded The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) allows employers who hire employees who meet a defined set of qualifications to get a credit against income tax of a percentage of wages paid to the qualified employees. The credit amount and duration varies by the set of qualifications. The Protecting Americans from [Read More…]

Webinar: Employment law, onboarding, and legal risk: what’s keeping HR pros up at night?

Which of the many employment law risks in onboarding keeps HR pros up at night? State and municipal legislation leads the list, according to the attendees at one of our recent webinars. Not far behind on the most-worrisome list: wage and hour concerns and the new emphasis on “systemic issues” by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (see graphic [Read More…]

January 2016 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant was discharged for inappropriate behavior. The claimant was allowed benefits upon finding that she was not discharged for misconduct connected with the work. The employer appealed, and a hearing was scheduled before an administrative law judge. At the Hearing The Employers Evidence:  The claimant, a manager, had been approached by an employee [Read More…]

Bulletin: Expansion of CA Commissioner Powers Looms

Expansion of California Labor Commissioner Powers Looms Two new California laws are set to take effect on January 1, 2016, that would greatly enhance the enforcement platform of the California Labor Commissioner’s office.  California Senate Bill 588 enacts special provisions for the enforcement of judgments against an employer arising from the employer’s nonpayment of wages [Read More…]

Bulletin: USCIS Proposes I-9 Changes – Seeks Public Input

USCIS Proposes Changes to I-9, Seeks Public Comments USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register on November 24, 2015 to inform the public of proposed Form I-9 changes.  The public has 60 days to provide comments from that point, until January 25, 2016. Many of the proposed changes on the new form are touted [Read More…]