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IRS Mileage Rates for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released its mileage allowances for 2017 for business, medical and moving. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016 17 cents per mile driven for …

Baltimore to Raise Minimum Wage to $15/Hour

At the time of this writing, the minimum wage in Maryland is $8.75 per hour and set to rise to $10.10 an hour by 2018. This rate applies to all businesses in the City of Baltimore with two or more employees. Based upon legislation passed in 2014, minimum wage will continue to increase to $9.25 in July 2017, and then …

Obamacare Replacement News

On 3/6/17, proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in the Senate. We understand that you will have many questions as to how this will affect your business. A quick snapshot of proposed changes are as follows: Both the employer and individual mandates to be eliminated This would also remove the penalties associated …

New USCIS M-274 Handbook Released: I-9 Guidance

The newly revised USCIS M-274 Handbook for Employers—Guidance for Completing Form I-9 is now available for download. This version, which published Jan. 22, 2017, replaces the previous version which was published on April 30, 2013. It reflects revisions to Form I-9, which was revised on Nov. 14, 2016. DOWNLOAD USCIS M-274 HANDBOOK The new 65-page …

FAR Privacy Training Required for Federal Contractors

Effective January 19th, 2017, the final FAR rule requires privacy training for federal contractors and any of their subcontract employees who handle personally identifiable information (PII). PII includes information that can be used to trace an individual’s identity such as date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, social security number, …

New Form I-9 Must be Utilized Starting January 22, 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requiring all employers in the United States to use the new version of the Form I-9 exclusively by January 22, 2017 to conduct employment eligibility verification.  This new form was released in November 2016. Employers may continue using the current Form I-9 with a revision date of …

FLSA Overtime Rule On Hold

A federal judge in Texas has halted the DOL’s new federal overtime rule, which was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016 and would have raised the exempt salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. For now, the overtime rule will not take effect as planned December 1, 2016 but may still be implemented at a later date. Employers may …

Effective December 1, 2016 – DOL’s Overtime Final Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued the Overtime Final Rule that updates the regulations determining which white-collar, salaried employees are entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime pay protections. The rule increases the salary threshold below which most white-collar, salaried workers are entitled to overtime …

Maryland Expands Equal Pay Act Effective October 1, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, employers may not discriminate against an employee in any occupation by paying wages to an employee of one sex or gender at a rate less than the rate paid to employees of another sex or gender if both employees work in the same establishment and perform comparable work.  The Maryland Equal Pay Act requires employers …

VETS 4212 and EEO-1 Reports Due Soon

This is a reminder that the VETS-4212 and EEO-1 Reports are due annually on September 30th Who is Required to Submit the EEO-1 Report? The EEO-1 report is a collection of workforce data from employers with 100 or more (lower thresholds apply to federal contractors) employees.  The EEO-1 report applies to employers with more than 100 employees or …

Employers: Here’s a Mid-Year Affordable Care Act Refresher

The following information was received from the IRS on 7/14/16. As an employer, the size and structure of your workforce helps determine which parts of the health care law apply to your business. Work forces typically fluctuate, so it’s important to annually determine the size of your workforce.  The number of employees you have during the current …

OFCCP Announces Final Sex Discrimination Rule

The following information was received from the DOL on 6/14/16. OFCCP Announces its Final Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines Today, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final Rule that sets forth the requirements that covered contractors must meet under the provisions of Executive Order 11246 that prohibit …

Who Benefits from the New Overtime Rule?

The following is taken from the Official US DOL Blog dated 5/18/16 Today, the Department of Labor issued a new rule that updates the regulations determining which white-collar, salaried employees are entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime pay protections. The rule increases the salary threshold below which most white-collar, …

OSHA’s Final Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA’s Final Recordkeeping Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule will be published in the Federal Register Thursday, May 12, 2016. Under a final rule that becomes effective January 1, 2017, OSHA will revise …
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