Small businesses may not have a lot of employees, but that doesn’t mean they have fewer obligations under state and federal laws. Here are some compliance issues that affect even small companies and how you can meet the requirements. Minimum Wage and Overtime: FLSA doesn’t depend directly upon the number of employees. Rather, it covers
Think you’re accurately capturing your employees’ time? Think again. According to one study, almost 80 percent of the businesses using timesheets admitted they regularly have to make corrections before they can run payroll. Not only can these mistakes cost a business time and money, they also put employers at risk of wage and hour disputes.
Warm weather may signal a welcome relief for many employers in the Northeast, but it can also bring its own set of challenges. That’s why it’s important to have policies in place to address common HR issues that arise during the summer and ensure continued compliance with applicable workplace laws and regulations. Here are five
In April, special agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 280 employees at a company in Texas on charges of working in the country illegally. The raid on the business, who allegedly knowingly hired undocumented immigrants or workers with fraudulent ID documentation, highlights the importance of having procedures in
Under federal law, when a nonexempt employee works more than 40 hours in a workweek, employers must pay them 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for all overtime hours or risk violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay requirements. And that can be costly: employers guilty of willful or repeated violations are subject
Even though employees may pass by them daily without a second glance, workplace posters are essential to alerting workers of their rights and responsibilities under state and federal law. That’s why employers must hang specific notices in an area where all employees can read them – or risk steep fines and even lawsuits. See our
Form 5500 is used by employers or pension or welfare benefit plan administrators to satisfy annual reporting requirements under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. The form requires information about the qualification of the plan, its financial condition, investments and operations. And if it’s not filed on time, the fines can add up: The IRS
Small to mid-sized companies shouldn’t ignore the importance of an employee handbook when it comes to staying compliant and reducing the risk of litigation.
On July 14, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an Act Relative to Housing Operations, Military Service and Enrichment (“The HOME Act”). Massachusetts has previously required that employers provide leave to military veterans wanting to participate in Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercises, parades, or services in their communities of residence. Previously, employers
Companies may need to dig deep. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is upping civil penalties as of August 1st. Here’s what you need to know: At the beginning of July, the DOL announced an increase to a series of penalties that will impact employers. The increase, as explained by the Department, is necessary to