NY DOL clarifies “hours worked” for home health workers

The New York Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an emergency regulation to clarify that hours worked for home care aides who work shifts of 24 hours or more may exclude meal periods and sleep times. It was determined that the emergency regulation was needed in the face of recent decisions by the State Appellate […]

Michigan adjusts wage payment law

Michigan has adjusted its wage payment provisions. Employers are required to pay the wages earned by the employee during the first 15 days of the preceding calendar month on or before the first day of each calendar month. In addition, employers are required to pay the wages earned by the employee the wages earned by […]

Hawaii updates Code conformity

Hawaii’s Internal Revenue Code (Code) tie-in date moves to February 9, 2018, for tax years beginning after 2017. The prior Code conformity date was December 31, 2016, for tax years beginning after 2016. The date change applies to corporate and personal income taxes. However, the state decouples from many federal provisions. Inoperative provisions. The Code […]

D.C. voters approve raising the minimum wage for tipped workers

District of Columbia voters have approved raising the minimum wage for tipped workers. The measure eliminates the tipped minimum wage in D.C. by increasing the wage for tipped employees until it is equal to minimum wage law for non-tipped employees ($15.00 per hour) by 2020. In addition, minimum wages for tipped employees would increase so […]

USCIS has a new website: E-Verify.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding employers of the new website, E-Verify.gov. It is the authoritative source for information on electronic employment eligibility verification. E-Verify.gov is for employers, employees and the general public. The user-friendly website provides information about E-Verify and Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, including employee rights and employer responsibilities in […]

DOJ will not defend constitutionality of ACA’s individual mandate

In a letter to Congressional leaders, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated that the Department of Justice will not defend the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in a lawsuit brought by a coalition of 20 states and two individuals who seek a declaratory judgment that the ACA is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs contend […]

Seattle repeals head tax on big business

The Seattle City Council has repealed the $275 per employee head tax that it just passed in May. Under the previous ordinance, the annual tax amount was $275 per full-time equivalent employee in the city. The tax would have applied to businesses with more than $20 million of annual revenue in the city. The tax […]

SSA announces new matching program with Office of Child Support Enforcement

In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, the SSA has announced a new matching program with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). Under the matching program, the OCSE will provide the SSA with quarterly wage and unemployment insurance information from the National Directory […]

IRS urges users to renew ITINs now

With more than 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2018, the IRS today urged affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications soon to beat the rush and avoid refund delays next year. In the third year of the renewal program, the IRS has increased staffing to handle […]

Interest rates remain the same in the third quarter of 2018

The IRS has announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2018. The interest rates will be 5% for overpayments (4% in the case of a corporation) and underpayments, 7% for large corporate underpayments and 2.5% for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000. The interest rates […]