HR Announcements

New Employee Termination Notice for Oregon

On January 1, 2020, employers will be required within seven days to provide a terminated employee with a signed, written copy of the terms of a noncompetition agreement of the as a condition of the enforceability of the agreement. Oregon Governor Kate...

VEVRAA New Benchmark Effective 3/31/19

The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), has updated its hiring benchmark to 5.9% effective 3/31/19.The benchmarking percentage chart is updated annually to be used by contractors who choose to set a VEVRAA hiring benchmark using the national...

Reimbursements for Qualified Moving Expenses

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repealed the exclusion of qualified moving expense reimbursements from gross income and wages effective January 1, 2018. Qualified moving expenses are defined as any amount received directly or indirectly from an employer as payment (or...

DOL Intern & Student Employee Eligibility Test

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has rejected the previous six-part test for determining whether interns and students are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Going forward, the DOL will use the “primary beneficiary” test to determine whether interns...

State Minimum Wage Increases Effective 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, unless otherwise noted, the following states have made increases to their minimum wage rates: Alaska: Minimum wage will rise to $9.84 per hour. Arizona: Minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour. Flagg Staff minimum wage will rise to $11.00...

2018 Retirement Plan Limit Changes

The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost of living updates for tax year 2018. Highlights of the notices include: The elective deferral or contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government's Thrift...

SCA Contract Administration Reminders

On July 25, 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor announced an increase to the prevailing health and welfare fringe benefit rate under the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).  The rate increased to $4.41 per hour. For existing contracts, government contractors...

Rhode Island Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

Rhode Island has passed a paid sick leave law, effective July 1, 2018. Note that the provisions outlined below serve as minimum requirements – employers are permitted to go above what is prescribed by the law. Employers who already have a paid leave program that meets...

Medicare Part D Notices

Employers that provide prescription drug benefits are required to notify Medicare-eligible individuals annually as to whether the employer-provided benefit is creditable or non-creditable. Creditable coverage is coverage that is expected to pay, on average, as much as...

Arizona Earned Paid Sick Time

Effective July 1, 2017, employees in Arizona are entitled to earned paid sick time and accrue a minimum of one hour of earned paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, subject to the following limitations: Employees whose employers have less than 15 employees may only...

Workplace Harassment Guide for California Employers

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has released a “Workplace Harrassment Guide for Cailfornia Employers” to accompany the recent changes to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which clarifies employers’ obligation to correct and...

Georgia Family Caregiver Leave

On May 8, 2017, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the ‘Family Caregiver Leave’ bill into law. This new law requires Georgia employers with 25 or more employees working in Georgia who provide sick leave benefits (i.e. sick leave or PTO) to allow their employees to...

HIRE Vets Medallion Program

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it will establish the HIRE Vets Medallion Program to recognize employers who recruit, retain, and employ veterans, and who offer charitable services in support of the veteran community. The DOL is establishing the program...

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