Compliance Focus

Bulletin: Nevada Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Act

Labor and Employment Compliance: Nevada Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Act On June 2, 2017, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 253. This law will become effective on October 1, 2017, and applies to all employers of 15 or more employees in Nevada. Pursuant to the new law, covered employers must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants [Read More…]

ETS Tax Intelligence: State Unemployment Tax Economic Update

In a majority of states, employer-specific factors (benefit charges, taxable payroll, tax contributions, and reserve account balances) used in calculating 2018 state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rates will be fixed as of June 30, 2017.  However, there are still unknown legislative and economic factors that could have an impact on 2018 and future SUI tax [Read More…]

I-9 Compliance Alert: New Form I-9 Released, Employers Must Meet Deadline For Compliance

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officially released the new version of Form I-9 today.  Employers can continue to use the previous version (Rev. 11/14/2016) through September 17, 2017.  After that date, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid. The changes include revisions to both the Form I-9 instructions and to the list [Read More…]

July 2017 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant quit voluntarily after a discussion with her manager regarding her attendance.  She was allowed benefits upon a finding that she was discharged, but not for misconduct connected with the work.  The employer appealed, and a hearing was scheduled before an administrative law judge. At the Hearing The Employer’s Evidence:  The employer testified [Read More…]

Collecting Paperwork: Don’t Let It Slow Down Your WOTC Program

We asked a group of over 200 attendees at a recent webinar what step in the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) process gave them the most trouble. The most common response: Collecting supporting documentation. This is a problem for employers because once you’ve identified individuals who qualify for WOTC, you still need to assemble certain supporting documents [Read More…]

I-9 Compliance Alert: Change in Planned New Form I-9

As reported in our previous blog post a new version of Form I-9 is scheduled to be released July 17, 2017.  This will be the second new Form I-9 to be released in the past 12 months. The planned changes to the new Form I-9 were set to include an update to allow entrepreneurs seeking [Read More…]

TCI Tax Intelligence: Georgia Tax Credit Changes

Over the past year, Georgia has made a number of changes to their tax credit line-up. Two recent house bills resulted in three of the more prominent changes. The 2016 HB 936, creates a new parolee hiring credit and makes adjustments to the job tax credit. Also, 2017 HB 265, makes adjustments to the quality [Read More…]

Senate Republicans Reveal the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Background In recent weeks, Senate Republican leaders held a series of private meetings to draft a bill they hope will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process, which allows Congress to repeal and replace key components of the ACA legislation with a simple majority vote (and with no opportunity [Read More…]

WOTC Screening: Don’t Leave Money on the Table!

Too many companies leave money on the table simply because they don’t screen all new hires to see who is eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Don’t let this happen to your organization. The first step to a successful WOTC program is effective screening. One way to get the best possible screening percentage [Read More…]