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February 2015 HR Advisor Newsletter

Welcome to February! As the days get longer and things settle down from the chaos of January, now is a great time to start evaluating the resources available to your employees. Everything from handbooks to wellness programs can have an impact on the effectiveness of your work place. Our HR Pros are here to provide […]

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Reminder: OSHA 300A Forms Must Be Posted by February 1

Have you prepared your OSHA 300A Form to be posted by February 1, 2015 yet? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that all employers who are required to maintain the OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses post a summary of the previous year’s log between February 1st and April 30th each […]

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Employer Mandate Reporting: A Guide

Large employers (those with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees) are required to begin employer mandate reporting for the 2015 tax year. So what information must a large employer begin tracking in 2015? This guide is intended to assist employers to ensure they are tracking the correct information for the required reporting. Employers with 100+ […]

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Vermont Mini-WARN Goes into Effect

Starting January 15, 2015, Vermont employers with 50 or more employees will be required to comply with new notice requirements before conducting a closing or mass layoff. These new regulations are similar, but not identical, to federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requirements that apply to most employers with 100 or more employees. […]

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January 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to 2015! As we head into the New Year, employers will be impacted by many provisions that have effective dates of January 1, including certain parts of the Affordable Care Act and several state minimum wage increases. With that in mind, we are here to help guide you through these evolving events as they […]

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Increase in Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Under New Contracts

While the general federal minimum wage remains unchanged at $7.25 per hour, as announced earlier this year, the minimum wage for federal contractors will increase to $10.10 per hour as of January 1, 2015. This increase is pursuant to an Executive Order signed by President Obama and applies to all employers covered by the Service […]

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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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