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These States Are Banning Salary History Questions in 2019

Asking about an interviewee’s salary history, once a standard practice for many employers to eliminate certain people from their hiring pool, will no longer be allowed in various cities and states soon. In the past, employers have used this information to set compensation rates for new employees, which many have argued increases the pay disparity [...]

September 5, 2019|

Deadline for EEO-1 Report Extended to September 30, 2019

In April, a federal judge accepted a proposal from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to extend the EEO-1 Component 2 reporting deadline to September 30, 2019. The EEO-1, also known as The Employer Information Report, is an annual report required of employers who have at least 100 employees, excluding public schools, universities, state and [...]

September 3, 2019|

Department of Labor Revises Overtime Rule Proposal

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released an updated proposal regarding overtime rules set under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA, all employees - unless they’re exempt - must receive overtime pay for working more than 40 hours in a single workweek. To be exempt, an employee’s job duties and [...]

August 29, 2019|

Latest Draft of 2020 Form W-4

The W-4, or Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, has gone through several revisions since the Tax Cut and Jobs Act was mandated into law in December 2017. The 2020 W-4 drafts, however, are significantly different from the 2019 version of the form. After receiving input from the human resources, tax, and payroll communities, The Internal Revenue [...]

August 15, 2019|

Connecticut Passes Generous Paid Family Leave Act

On June 10, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed the nation’s most generous paid family and medical leave bill into law. The new law amends the state’s previous leave law to give employees and self-employed workers 12 weeks of paid leave over 12 months. Additionally, the measure allows for two more weeks of benefits for [...]

June 12, 2019|

Watch Out for New Payroll Scam: Direct Deposit Diversion

By now, employers are very familiar with the W-2 phishing scheme, where scammers spoof a company executive’s email and request all W-2 information for a company. Companies large and small have fallen for this crooked tactic, effectively handing over employee names, addresses, and Social Security numbers that the thief can then sell or use to [...]

June 5, 2019|

HCI Rebuilds Strategic HR Business Partner Certification 

Now more than ever, human resources is widely viewed as a critical business function. In response to that, the Human Capital Institute (HCI) modernized their signature certification program to help HR professionals build credibility within their organizations. The updated sHRBP certification is designed to help leaders in the HR space advance their careers, lead high-impact HR [...]

Employment Tax Fraud Cases Rise

The IRS launched more than 200 investigations involving employment tax fraud in fiscal 2018 - a 28% rise from fiscal 2017. Of those cases, 48 people received prison sentences. Employment tax fraud or tax evasion takes on a variety of forms with the most common methods including paying employees in cash only to avoid taxes, [...]

May 28, 2019|

5 New Congressional Bills for Employers to Watch

Several bills and congressional plans affecting human resources and payroll departments successfully made their way through the House of Representatives in April 2019. Here's what employers need to know to get ahead of the game on popular topics like minimum wage, paid family leave, and more. 1 ) The House of Representatives introduced bill H.R. [...]

May 24, 2019|

IRS Revises EIN Application Process to Enhance Security

Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an Employer Identification Number as “the responsible party.” Those individuals must have either a Social Security number or an individual taxpayer identification number. This is generally the person within a business who owns or controls the entity or [...]

May 9, 2019|