On Dec. 31. 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel … Continue reading IRS Announces 2020 Standard Mileage Rates
Will your personnel files stand up to a government audit? In addition to being a good business practice, employers may be required to keep certain types of records in order to comply with specific provisions under both federal and state law. When collecting and maintaining information to be kept in employee personnel files, it is … Continue reading Personnel Files: Are You Legal?
Employers With 1-49 Employees Exempt From Paid Sick Leave Requirement Michigan has amended its paid sick leave law to generally require Michigan employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid sick leave to many full-time employees beginning in March 2019. Highlights of the law are presented below. Which Employees are Eligible for Paid Sick Leave? … Continue reading Michigan Amends Paid Sick Leave Law Effective in March 2019
Michigan will have a new minimum wage increase of 20 cents to $9.45 an hour ($3.60 per hour for tipped employees), starting in late March. The state’s current minimum wage is $9.25. The current and future Michigan minimum wage rates generally apply to employers with 2 or more employees who are at least 16 years old. … Continue reading Michigan Minimum Wage Due to Increase in Early 2019
Employers Are Not Required to Submit I-9s to USCIS The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued an alert warning of scam emails that appear to come from USCIS and ask employers for Form I-9 information. The alert advises that employers are not required to submit Forms I-9 to USCIS. According to the alert, … Continue reading USCIS Issues Form I-9 Scam Alert
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that (among other things) requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data. Final Rule The new rule, generally effective January 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA that they are already required to … Continue reading New OSHA Rule Requirement – Electronic Record-keeping
The U.S. Labor Department last year proposed a rule to increase the standard salary level for executive, administrative and professional exemptions and the minimum total annual compensation level for the “highly compensated employee” exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act. What changes are likely? The Department proposes to update the regulations governing which executive, administrative, … Continue reading 10 Steps to Prepare for New Overtime Rule
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released an updated version of the “Employee Rights Under the [Federal] Family and Medical Leave Act” poster (often referred to as the “General FMLA Notice”), along with a new employer’s guide to help employers comply with the law. Background The FMLA provides eligible employees of covered employers with … Continue reading DOL Releases New FMLA Poster and Employer’s Guide
Many times my first contact from an employer is due to their organization being fined for non-compliance or because they are being sued and suffering expensive litigation. In many cases, these unfortunate events could have been prevented with adequate employment law training and administration. Therefore, to ensure you are protecting your organization, we are listing 10 of the … Continue reading 10 Crucial Employment Laws Every Leader Should Know!