New Year, New Laws for California

For California employers, the start of 2015 brings with it the need to begin complying with many new and expanded laws that the California legislature passed in 2014. Several of the most important provisions for employers are discussed below. Paid Sick Leave One of the biggest changes for employers is California’s new requirement to offer […]

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New York Minimum Wage Increase

Effective December 31, 2014, New York’s minimum wage will increase from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour. The minimum wage will further increase to $9.00 per hour on December 31, 2015. There is currently no planned increase in the minimum wage for tipped employees. We recommend that employers review the pay rates of their employees to […]

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Coming January 1, 2015: The Employer Mandate and Health Coverage Reporting Requirements

Two requirements of health care reform that affect employers will be going into effect on January 1, 2015. First, after much debate and delay, the first phase of the Employer Mandate (or “Play or Pay” Provision) will begin. Once it is fully implemented, this provision of the Affordable Care Act will require all employers with […]

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FSA, HSA, and 401(k) Contribution Limits to Increase in 2015

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 […]

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December 2014 Newsletter

As the year comes to a close, you and your organization should reflect on the incredible work you all have done to get to this point, and prepare for the many updates and changes that you expect 2015 to bring. Your HR Professionals are available to guide you through these matters and give you the […]

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Genetic Nondiscrimination Act

Effective November 21, 2009, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) was enacted in recognition of developments in the field of genetics. Genetic tests now exist that can indicate whether individuals may be at risk for developing a specific disease or disorder. The concerns focus on whether employees may be at risk of losing […]

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