IRS Sets Earlier W-2 Filing Deadline for All Employers

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:05 PM NEW YORK—The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding employers that the annual deadline for filing copies of employees' Form W-2 with the Social Security Administration (SSA) has been moved to Jan. 31. In the past, employers typically had until the end of February if filing on paper, or the end of March if filing electronically, to submit copies of these forms to the government.

Voting Leave Laws Vary Significantly From State to State

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:05 PM NEW YORK—As the presidential election draws near, employers may be wondering how to handle requests for time off to vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. While there is no federal law that entitles workers to time off, many states offer voting leave to employees in certain circumstances.

A 6 Percent Increase in Health Care Premiums Expected for 2017

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:05 AM

NEW YORK—Health care benefit cost increases at large U.S. employers are expected to hold steady at 6 percent in 2017. The good news is that health premiums are not growing at a faster rate year after year, as they were a decade ago. The bad news is that the increase in health plan costs still outpaces general inflation in the U.S., which remains below 2 percent, and salary budget increases, which are holding at roughly 3 percent.

Employers Face Stiffer Fines for Not Reporting Severe Job Injuries

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:10 AM NEW YORK—Employers are facing higher penalties for failing to report severe injuries and illnesses under a revised policy issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Why You Need to Implement Job Descriptions in Your Business

By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:05 PM

NEW YORK—As you may already know, there is no state or federal law that requires employers to have job descriptions. But as we have all found in our businesses, job descriptions can be helpful tools for both practical and other legal reasons. Here are some of the most important reasons.

Is Your Plan Ready for Overtime Compliance
Under the New FLSA Legal Requirements?

By Hedley Lawson, DBA Contributor
Thursday, August 11, 2016 7:45 PM

NEW YORK—Employers have less than six months left to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rule, and they need to start putting a plan together now.

Recruiting Challenges Lead to a Growing Temporary Work Force

By Hedley Lawson
Friday, July 15, 2016 12:15 PM NEW YORK—Some 76 percent of companies are using contingent labor to enhance their work force and close talent gaps, according to the Definitive Guide to Building a Better Workforce report released by Adecco Staffing USA.

Employers Face Stiffer Fines for Not Reporting Severe Job Injuries

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:11 PM NEW YORK—Employers are facing higher penalties for failing to report severe injuries and illnesses under a revised policy issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Difficulties in Recruiting Lead to a Growing Temporary Work Force

By Hedley Lawson
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 2:05 PM NEW YORK—Some 76 percent of companies are using contingent labor to enhance their work force and close talent gaps, according to the Definitive Guide to Building a Better Workforce report released by Adecco Staffing USA.

What You Need to Know About The New Federal Overtime Rules

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:05 AM NEW YORK—The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the highly anticipated federal overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). When the final rule becomes effective on Dec. 1, 2016, an estimated 4.2 million white collar workers will become entitled to overtime pay when they work extra hours and wages for workers will increase by $12 billion over the next 10 years, according to the White House.

Difficulties in Recruiting Lead to a Growing Temporary Work Force

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:41 AM NEW YORK—Some 76 percent of companies are using contingent labor to enhance their work force and close talent gaps, according to the Definitive Guide to Building a Better Workforce report released by Adecco Staffing USA. The study surveyed execs regarding the types of talent  needed, the skills that are most difficult to find and how they’re using  labor and recruiting methods to strengthen their work forces.

What to Look Out for When Outsourcing Your Labor Needs

By By Hedley Lawson
Monday, February 22, 2016 4:10 PM NEW YORK—A recent case settled by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division highlights how companies, large and small, who outsource labor to staffing agencies may want to take precautions to ensure they are in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other employment regulations.

Outsourcing Labor Needs to Staffing Companies Comes With Risks

By By Hedley Lawson
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:08 PM NEW YORK—A recent case settled by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division highlights how companies, large and small, who outsource labor to staffing agencies may want to take precautions to ensure they are in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other employment regulations.

Salaries Positioned to Rise in 2016 as Economic Recovery Continues

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 12:22 PM NEW YORK—Even as the recovery from the Great Recession brought corporate profits, most workers' salaries have marginally kept pace with inflation. As the nation continues to more closer to full employment and with layoffs near historical lows, there are prominent indicators suggesting that lower paid workers are starting to see some of the gains of the nearly 7 year-old recovery.

Tips for Avoiding Liability During the Holidays

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 9:26 AM NEW YORK—As the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals so clearly stated, “at the risk of playing the Grinch . . . we note that office Christmas parties also seem to be fertile ground for unwanted sexual overtures that lead to Title VII complaints.” While true, it lacked clear guidance to employers on ways to avoid possible legal risks.
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