Category: "State Laws"

Know your limits! IRS announces taxable benefit amounts for 2017 payroll planners

15 November, 2016

It’s that time of the year again – employers are preparing for payroll and benefit changes for 2017. The IRS issued dozens of tax provisions in Revenue Procedure 2016-55, including transportation, health savings accounts and flexible spending arrangement limits. Transportation Benefits Transportat...

OSHA Reports Find State Safety Agencies’ Enforcement Efforts Lacking

04 October, 2016

Every U.S. state chooses its own path when it comes to enforcing the safety of employees in its public and private workplaces: It can follow the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rules, or it can write its own set of rules, split the costs with OSHA, and police its employers on...

With ‘Preemption’ Laws, States Seek to Stem the Tide of City Minimum Wage Hikes

30 August, 2016 | 2 Comments

The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 per hour since 2009, and it’s unlikely that workers will see it rise anytime soon. Some states have a higher minimum wage but most of them are capped at $10 per hour. As a result, many city and local governments have taken matters into their own hands a...

Five years in the making, controversial ‘persuader’ rule stopped just four days short of finish line

26 July, 2016

On June 27, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Labor Department’s controversial “persuader” rule that was scheduled to take effect July 1. This eleventh-hour stoppage was a major victory for the many states, business groups and employers th...

New FLSA Overtime Rules Make Accurate Time Tracking More Important Than Ever

31 May, 2016

Just last week, On May 18, 2016, Secretary Perez and President Obama announced that the Department of Labor finalized drastic changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which update overtime regulations. These new changes will go into effect on December 1, 2016, giving employers some time to up...