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Don’t Miss the February 1st Deadline for Posting Your OSHA Injury/Illness Summary Form

January 27, 2015

It’s that time of year to look back on your workplace illnesses and injuries for 2014, ensure that you have recorded the correct information in your OSHA logs, and post the information in your workplace starting February 1, 2015. Do you need to comply with this posting requirement, even if you’ve had no injuries or illnesses this past year? ...

From the Hotline: Earned Income Credit (EIC) Notice

January 30, 2015

Question: Is an employer required to distribute the earned income credit (EIC) notice, or is distribution of W-2 Copy B EIC notice sufficient, even though the wording varies from the support collection unit (SCU) EIC notice? Answer: The earned income credit (EIC) notice is a federal notice issued by the IRS and is found on the back of Copy B ...

New Jersey Employment Law Update – January 2015

January 29, 2015

Independent Contractor Status On January 14, 2015, resolving a question of state law certified to the court by the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the New Jersey Supreme Court concluded that the “ABC” test, derived from the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Act, governs whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor ...

Massachusetts Employment Law Update – January 2015

January 29, 2015

Parental Leave Act Amendments On January 7, 2015, outgoing Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation (S.B. 865) amending the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MLA). According to the law, males that meet the eligibility requirements of the MLA are, like females, entitled to eight weeks of parental leave. However, two employees ...

Illinois Employment Law Update – January 2015

January 29, 2015

New Governor Rauner Rescinds Prior Governor Quinn’s Last-Minute Executive Orders On January 16, 2015, newly elected Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued Executive Order 2015-11 to rescind all seven Executive Orders issued by prior Governor Pat Quinn in his last days of office, including Executive Order 2015-07, which would have raised the ...

Florida Employment Law Update – January 2015

January 29, 2015

U.S. Labor Department Signs Agreement with Florida Department of Revenue to Reduce Misclassification of Employees On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Revenue signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the goal of protecting the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as ...

California Employment Law Update – January 2015

January 29, 2015

Sleep Periods Considered Hours Worked On January 8, 2015, the California Supreme Court in Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., held that security guards working 24-hour shifts must paid for all 24 hours without carving out eight hours of sleeping time – meaning the entire 24-hour shift was compensable time. However, the bigger takeaway ...

Federal Employment Law Update – January 2015

January 29, 2015

IRS Provides 2015 Maximum Values for Employer-Provided Vehicles On January 12, 2015, the IRS released the maximum allowable value of certain employer-provided automobiles, including trucks and vans that are first made available to employees for personal use during calendar year 2015. The maximum value of vehicles for which the cents-per-mile ...

From the Hotline: Employers and New OSHA Requirements

January 27, 2015

Question: What employers are required to maintain records of illnesses and injuries under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) new reporting and recordkeeping regulations announced on September 11, 2014? Answer: The OSHA regulations provide two exemptions from the recordkeeping requirements: Employers with 10 ...

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