The Essentials of Business Law That Owners Should Know | HR Compliance

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Mar 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Knowing the essentials of business law is crucial to an owner. In our decades of partnering with businesses of all sizes, we’ve learned that business owners don’t know what they don’t know. What we mean is we find a lot of clients who have no idea about complying with the state and federal laws that apply to their business – and that’s a major risk. Non-compliance not only hurts your employees and company, but the fees associated with not meeting deadlines or following the correct procedures could also put you under. When it comes to HR compliance, here are the essentials of business law for business owners.

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Topics: Small Business Management, Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

The W-4 Gets a Makeover after 30+ Years

Posted by Dana Spinello, CPA on Dec 19, 2019 10:00:30 AM


The last major redesign of the Form W-4 occurred in 1987 – over 30 years ago.  When updates became necessary due to changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the I.R.S. used the opportunity to overhaul the form and address ongoing concerns about its complexity and inaccurate withholding results.

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Topics: Human Resources, new W-4 form

How Employers Can Prepare for the Proposed Overtime Rule

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Jul 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations for white-collar overtime exemptions. After the agency decides that a regulatory action is needed, it publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register and solicits comments from the public. Once the agency considers the feedback, it will make any changes deemed appropriate, and then publish the final rule in the Federal Register with a specific date the rule is effective and enforceable.

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Topics: Human Resources

Keep Out of Hot Water with ICE: How HR Outsourcing Helps

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Apr 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

An I-9 Guide for Employers

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 requires all US employers to complete a Form I-9 (I-9) upon hiring a new employee to work in the U.S. The I-9 is used to verify an employee’s identity and work authorization. Employers must verify the employment eligibility of all new employees and are prohibited from discrimination based on national origin or citizenship status. If the I-9 is not filled out carefully or thoroughly, substantial fines and potential government trouble could come into play.

The federal government uses E-Verify to supplement the enforcement of federal immigration law. E-Verify is required for federal contracts that contain a FAR E-Verify clause. Several states have also enacted laws that require employers to register and use E-Verify. If using E-Verify, the employer enters the employee’s information from the I-9 to create a case. When you outsource human resources management, this process is managed for you.

Whether you choose to outsource HR or handle HR tasks on your own, here’s what you need to know about the form and some of the common errors associated with it. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces employer compliance with I-9 and E-Verify rules.

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Topics: Human Resources

DOL Issues Proposed Overtime Rule

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Mar 20, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a proposed rule which would make more than a million American workers eligible for overtime pay.

Currently, employees with a salary less than $23,660 per year ($455.00 per week) must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. This has been the standard since 2004. You may remember the Obama-era overtime regulation issued in 2016 that would have raised the salary threshold to $47,476 per year ($913 per week). The regulation was later invalidated by a federal judge in Texas just days before it was set to take effect.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

5 Ways an HR Services Company Can Help Your Business Grow

Posted by Nannette Madera, PHR on Jan 3, 2019 9:30:00 AM

For many business owners, managing the cost of having employees, and the challenges that come with being an employer, can be overwhelming. Think of all the time spent on dealing with employee issues. For employers who don’t have a dedicated human resources department, this time can take away from productivity and growing the business. Here are five ways an HR services company can help your business grow.

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Topics: Human Resources

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