Author: James W. Ward

The EEOC will no longer accept Component 2 filings after February 14, 2020.
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EEO-1 Component 2 Data Collection Officially Closed

On February 10, 2020, a federal court ordered the collection of EEO-1 Component 2 data, also known as pay data, officially closed, thus ending this…

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Posted in Independent Contractor

AB 5’s Legal Challenges Update

AB 5, one of the most widely publicized and controversial bills from last year, has been (mostly) officially in effect for slightly over a month….

Employers should download the new Form I-9.
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New Form I-9 Finally Available

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just released the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. As of January 31, 2020, employers should begin using…

See how this new joint-employer rule affects California employers.
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Posted in Hiring

New Joint Employer Rule under Fair Labor Standards Act

On January 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule updating its regulations regarding joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards…

IRS Tax Withholding Form W-4
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Posted in Compensation

New Form W-4, Tax Withholding Method

In December 2019, the IRS released its new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate for 2020. Prompted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the…

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Posted in Workplace Policies

NLRB Restores Employers’ Right to Restrict Company Email Use

In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in Caesars Entertainment that barring the use of company email system for non-business purposes…

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2020 IRS Mileage Rates

On December 31, 2019 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finally issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile…

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Posted in Compensation

New DOL-Issued Final Rule Updates ‘Regular Rate’ of Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a final rule that updates regulations governing the “regular rate” of pay under the Fair Labor Standards…

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Posted in Privacy

California Consumer Privacy Act — Employers Need to Be Ready January 1

Starting January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) significantly changes California’s consumer data collection rules and give consumers more control over how businesses…

Employers air quality index outdoor wildfire smoke
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California Wildfires: Remember Employers Must Protect Outdoor Workers From Wildfire Smoke

Right now, firefighters across California are battling multiple wildfires, which are destroying property and prompting the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. Wildfires are…