Rethinking Your Employee Benefits Strategy

Rethinking Your Employee Benefits Strategy

In the past, as long as you provided health insurance and retirement benefits, your benefits were considered competitive. Now, the pressure is on employers to supply more diverse options. Employee-friendly startups keep getting more creative with their benefits packages. Further, the federal government, states and localities are mandating more employee benefits than ever. Consequently, it’s … Read more

Hiring in a New Era

Hiring in a New Era

As you create your company’s hiring plan for a post-pandemic world, you need to adapt to a new reality. To begin with, you will need to consider these trends: Talent shortage. There is an ongoing talent shortage in many industries, making the hiring landscape more competitive than ever before. Businesses need to assess what new … Read more

Employment Records Retention: What Are the Federal Laws?

Employment Records Retention: What Are the Federal Laws?

How long do you have to keep records? There’s no one answer. However, we’ve summarized some of the most common federal laws relevant to employment record keeping. Note that applicability may vary by employer size Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Resumes. Job applications. Job advertisements and postings. Interview notes. Preemployment screening … Read more

Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations?

Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations?

Can an employer require its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19? It’s a simple question, but one that does not have an easy answer. In brief, companies can make vaccinations an employment requirement, but there are subtleties involved, and a disability can create an exception. The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has provided some guidance in a … Read more

An Overview of Federal and State Overtime Exemption Laws

An Overview of Federal and State Overtime Exemption Laws

On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule increasing the salary threshold for executive, administrative and professional employees from $455 per week to $684 per week. These “white-collar” employees are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay provisions. The final rule took effect Jan. 1, 2020. What the … Read more

What Are Predictive Scheduling Laws?

What Are Predictive Scheduling Laws?

At times, you may want to suddenly change an hourly employee’s work schedule to better suit your business needs. However, several jurisdictions have enacted predictive scheduling laws to prevent certain employers from changing hourly employees’ schedules without giving advance notice. On Nov. 25, 2014, San Francisco passed the first predictive scheduling law, called ‘The Formula … Read more

Employee Retention Tax Credit Gets a Boost

Employee Retention Tax Credit Gets a Boost

The second relief bill, passed at the end of 2020, contains updates to the employee retention credit, a refundable payroll tax credit. Each option has its own rules and regulations for first- and second-round funding. The act changes some requirements for the ERC — retroactively and prospectively — giving businesses more options to claim it. … Read more

What the Taxpayer First Act Means for Employers

What the Taxpayer First Act Means for Employers

According to the IRS’ website, the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 “aims to broadly redesign” the IRS by expanding and strengthening taxpayer rights and making the agency more taxpayer friendly. The legislation focuses on improving IRS information technology and making it easier for taxpayers to interact with the agency. Moreover, the act has three changes … Read more