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3 11, 2023

Mass. company penalized for H-2B & FLSA violations

November 3rd, 2023|Uncategorized|

The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $771,022 in back wages and $61,215 in liquidated damages for 47 workers of a Haverhill landscaping company after the employer failed to comply with requirements of the federal H-2B worker program and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The H-2B Worker Program permits businesses to employ temporary visa workers [...]

27 10, 2023

Do you need a new Employer Identification Number (EIN)?

October 27th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Generally, businesses need a new EIN when their ownership or structure has changed. Although changing the name of your business does not require you to obtain a new EIN, you may wish to visit the Business Name Change page to find out what actions are required if you change the name of your business. The [...]

20 10, 2023

New to HR? Here are the basics

October 20th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Are you new to HR? Feeling overwhelmed by the vast and constantly changing landscape of employment law? Worried about the risks to your organization? Don’t panic. You’re in the same boat as many others. You don’t need to know everything on your first day or even your first year. HR professionals with decades of experience [...]

13 10, 2023

Calculating holidays & intermittent FMLA leave

October 13th, 2023|Uncategorized|

The Dept. of Labor (DOL) recently clarified how to calculate time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) during a week that includes a holiday. Opinion Letter FMLA 2023-2-A looks at what happens when an employee takes leave for less than a full workweek – and that leave is intermittent. Less than a [...]

6 10, 2023

Can you ask workers to waive OT? No.

October 6th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Progressive Services of Virginia Inc., owners also paid $18K civil money penalty The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than $604,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for 50 employees of a Virginia Beach home healthcare agency that illegally asked workers to waive their right to receive hard-earned overtime pay. An investigation by the [...]

29 09, 2023

What to know about tax deductions for business travel

September 29th, 2023|Uncategorized|

IRS Tax Tip 2023-76, June 6, 2023 Many people travel for their job — some for an occasional conference and some travel year-round. Whatever their time on the road, business travelers should know how and when to deduct business travel expenses. What to know about tax deductions for business travel Business travel deductions are available [...]

22 09, 2023

$22 million jury verdict for unpaid pre- and post-shift activities

September 22nd, 2023|Uncategorized|

Federal jury finds East Penn Manufacturing violated federal law; awards $22M in back wages, among largest wage verdicts in Department of Labor history Department of Labor finds company denied over 7.5K workers overtime; will seek damages A federal court jury has awarded back wages of more than $22 million to the U.S. Department of Labor [...]

15 09, 2023

Supreme Court Reinterprets Undue Hardship Standard for Religious Accommodations

September 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

As you’re probably aware, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act requires that employers with 15 or more employees make reasonable accommodations for employees’ religious practices and beliefs, so long as it doesn’t cause an undue hardship. Previously, undue hardship—as it applied to religious accommodations—meant “more than a de minimis cost.” The Supreme Court has [...]

8 09, 2023

Embrace AI in the Workplace

September 8th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Here's an excellent article on how to keep the “human” in HR while taking advantage of all the innovative technological advances coming our way. The article covers: Correcting AI misconceptions Embrace AI Tips for Keeping the Humanity in Hiring

1 09, 2023

Do you need to update your policy handbook?

September 1st, 2023|Uncategorized|

If you don't have an employee policy handbook, ask your Payroll Specialist about our HR product, which includes a downloadable, customizable handbook. You can create a professional handbook in minutes (yes, minutes). Here's an example of an issue that arose because the policy was not spelled out: Implemented new policy to stop employees from punching [...]