Pending Legislation Alert: FLSA Notices On Worker Classifications

  The government is all in a tizzy over the use, or in their eyes the misuse, of the independent contractor classification. As if the threat of IRS or Department of Labor penalties is not enough a new piece of legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The Bill The bill that has been …

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Why Understanding the definition of Independent Contractor is Important to the ACA

  I was at a healthcare summit today that was focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as the PPACA and ObamaCare). In the discussion on compliance the presenters spent some time on a question that many businesses are asking “Can I make my employees independent contractors and not worry about the ACA?” …

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Under 50 Employees? Think you are safe from the ACA? Maybe not!

The Affordable Care Act (also known as the PPACA or Obama Care) goes “live” on January 1, 2014, although aspects of it are effective now. The law requires that “large” employers with 50 or more employees must provide health coverage or pay a penalty. This has been described as “Play or Pay”. (BTW, this is …

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That Food Benefit May Become Taxable Income

  One of the benefits often mentioned for companies considered “great places to work” is the free food and drinks made available to the employees. This even gets used as a recruitment incentive to convince an employee they want to work for you. Well I have some potentially bad news for you, that free food …

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5 Wage and Hour Mistakes Most Employers Make

  With the increasing emphasis the U.S. Department of Labor has been putting on errors in the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) it is important to understand how you may go wrong. Here are 5 of the most common wage and hour mistakes many employers make. Number 1: Not recording actual time …

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Federal Government Changes Important to HR

As we near the end of the calendar year the Federal government has made a number of announcement that are important for HR departments to pay attention to. Click on the highlighted links for additional information. Department of Labor The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that the electronic filing system used by contractors …

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Clamping Down on Misclassification of Independent Contractors

The USDOL and IRS have teamed up in order to clamp down on employers misclassifying employees as independent contractors when they efile their tax informationin order to avoid employment taxes.In a press release on September 19, 2011 Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced  a memorandum of understanding with the Internal Revenue Service that will improve …

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Independent Contractor Problems May Arise With Current Employees

Independent contractors that have been improperly classified as such can cause alot of tax and FLSA issues. I have written about the use of IC’s several times. You can find these posts here and here and here. One issue regarding independent contractors that I have not written about is the use of current employees to …

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