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.
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.
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.
On February 5, the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee voted on the substitute version of A.B. 3156, which would: Include wage information for employees who have been terminated or otherwise separated from employment Require quarterly unemployment insurance wage reporting instead of monthly wage reporting Require employers to file an Employee Status Report within 20 days (or 15 days for employers that report electronically) of an employee’s “hiring, re-hiring, return to work, or ending of employment” Require the employer to report the “number of base weeks” worked “during the calendar quarter in which the employment ends” The legislation simplifies the type of wa
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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.
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.
District of Columbia The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) has reissued the 2015 income tax withholding tables and instructions (originally revised in December). The revised guide has several changes, including: (1) eliminating specific filing status calculations for the percentage wage method and wage bracket method; (2) reflecting the increase in the personal exemption amount; and (3) clarifying that the tax rate applicable to mid-range wages is 7%. The revised tables and instructions are available at http://otr.cfo.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/otr/publication/attachments/FR-230_012215_v4.pdf.
On January 26, 2015, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) released a revised Multistate Employer Notification Form for New Hire Reporting at www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/css/resource/multistate-employer-registration-form-instructions. Employers with employees in two or more states that report new hires magnetically or electronically may designate one state where they have employees as the state to which they will report all their new hires. A benefit is that the employer must follow the new hire reporting requirements of that state only, not every state where it has new employees. The designation is made to the Department of Health and Human Services using the form or onl
Several of the most common benefit plans and account types have an increased allowance for contribution limits in 2015. The IRS has announced that it will raise the annual dollar limit on contributions for health care flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and 401(k) accounts based on cost of living adjustments (COLAs). These limits are reviewed annually by the IRS. Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)- The maximum allowed amount that an employee can contribute to an employer-sponsored health care FSA will be $2,550 in 2015 which is a $50 increase from the previously allowed amount of $2,500. Health Savings Accounts (HSA)- The maximum allowed contributio