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IRS Clarifies and Partially Delays Prohibition on Individual Health Plan Premium Reimbursements

The IRS recently issued a notice that provides transitional relief to small employers who provide reimbursements for their employees to purchase individual health insurance on the marketplace. With that relief, however, the IRS also clarified that the new interpretation disallowing reimbursements is broader than many realized. Background For the last 50 years or so, based on IRS guidance, employers who did not want to provide group health insurance to their employees had the option of reimbursing the employee for the cost of purchasing an individual plan. Most employers did this by setting up Employer Payment Plans (EPPs), such as FSAs, which allowed these amounts to be reimbursed on a pre-

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Why You Should Use Staffing Agencies Madison WI

3 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Partner With Staffing Agencies In Madison, WI At some point, many Wisconsin business owners find themselves struggling to find the best talent for their organization. Some find themselves experiencing a business boom and must add to their current staff to meet consumer demands, some are just beginning their operations and must have the right people onboard when opening their doors, and still others find themselves tasked with hiring a replacement candidate when someone leaves the company. Far too often, executives in every industry believe that they must shoulder the hiring responsibility in-house. However, this simply isn't the case. No matter what is pro

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Worker Classification Agreement With Federal Government

Wisconsin The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the state Department of Workforce Development have signed a memorandum of understanding to reduce the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The agencies will work together to prevent, detect, and remedy employee misclassification.  The WHD has similar agreements with 18 other states.  

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Montclair and Trenton paid sick leave

New Jersey Effective 3-4-15, paid sick leave (PSL) laws will take effect in Montclair and Trenton.  Voters in both cities approved similar PSL ballot questions on 11-4-14.  The laws will require private sector employers to provide one hour of PSL for every 30 hours worked in the respective cities.  Employees working for employers with 10 or more employees will be eligible to earn up to five days of PSL per year, while employees working for employers with nine or fewer employees will be eligible to earn up to three days of PSL per year.

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Worker Classification Agreement With Federal Government

Florida The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the state Department of Revenue have signed a memorandum of understanding to reduce the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The agencies will work together to prevent, detect, and remedy employee misclassification.  The WHD has similar agreements with 18 other states.

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Benefits Of Online Payroll Services

Online Payroll Services: What They Are And Why You Need Them As a business owner, you are responsible for…well…everything. No matter what the size and scope of your corporate operations, as the organization's leader, tasks both large and small will fall to you to ensure that everything in your company continues to run smoothly and without interruption. While there are many responsibilities that you must tend to, it's important to designate tasks that can be outsourced for the betterment of your business. One key solution that business owners in every industry can utilize: Online payroll services. Understanding The Benefits Of Online Payroll Services Online payroll services offer an auto

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Reporting Sick Pay Paid by Third Parties

The IRS has issued a notice describing the rules for filing Form 8922, Third-Party Sick Pay Recap, an annual form filed with the IRS that replaces third-party sick pay recaps that were filed with the SSA.  Form 8922 must be used by third parties and employers to report total payments of certain sick pay paid by third parties on or after January 1, 2014.  In situations in which the liability for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes on the sick pay is split between the employer and the third party under applicable regulations, Form 8922 must be used for filing “third-party sick pay recaps” to reconcile the reporting of sick pay paid by a third party on behalf of employe

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Tip Credit Increase

Vermont Effective 1-1-15, the minimum wage increased to $9.15 an hour.  Tipped employees get a minimum cash wage increase to $4.58 per hour; maximum tip credit will increase to $4.57 per hour.

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E-Verify Linked to State DMV and Public Safety Offices

Nebraska Effective 2-1-15, the state joined the RIDE program (Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify).  The program links E-Verify with state departments of motor vehicles offices and public safety offices.  It allows E-Verify to validate the authenticity of driver’s licenses and state identification cards that employees present as identity documents for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The program aims to reduce document fraud and boost the accuracy of employment eligibility verification by E-Verify.  Florida, Idaho, Iowa, and Mississippi also participate in the program.

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Creating a Pandemic Illness Plan

Last year’s Ebola outbreak was a stark reminder that frightening and serious contagious diseases still exist. However, many people and businesses overlook the fact that more common infectious illnesses can also have a significant impact on employee health and business operations, such as the current, and especially virulent, 2014 to 2015 flu season. Pandemic illnesses like influenza pose a variety of workplace safety issues, so it’s critical for employers to implement a workplace pandemic illness plan or ensure their existing plan is up to date. Creating a pandemic illness plan A pandemic illness plan or policy guides an employer in managing an outbreak of pandemic illness in the workpl

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