Beginning July 2nd, 2020, auto policy coverage requirements in Michigan are changing. With these new law changes, drivers with qualified health coverage could potentially save money by reducing their auto insurance coverage. Anyone with a car insurance policy that begins or renews on or after July 2nd will have the option of choosing a lower coverage amount for their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Previously, Michigan drivers were required to have unlimited PIP coverage, but options now range from unlimited to no coverage at all. Continue reading
The federal government recently passed the CARES Act which contains a few options for employers related to COVID-19 relief. Below is a summary of the three main options included in the CARES Act including the Payroll Protection Program loans now available for small businesses. Continue reading
On March 18, 2020 the federal government signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. There are several parts to this law including:
- A new requirement for employers with between 1 and 500 employees to provide emergency paid sick leave to employees under certain situations,
- An extension of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),
- Tax credits for small businesses to reimburse employers for wages paid under the new emergency paid sick leave and FMLA extension, and
- A requirement for health insurance providers to provide testing for COVID-19 at no cost to individuals needing testing.
This new law is to take effect within 15 days of enactment (April 2, 2020). It’s important to note that since this law passed through Congress so quickly there are a number of items still awaiting further guidance or regulations from government agencies. All parts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act are currently set to expire on December 31, 2020. Continue reading
The recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world has been in the news often the last few months, especially more recently since multiple people in the United States have now been diagnosed with the virus. As an employer, there are a few things that you can do to protect your workforce and help prevent the spread of the virus in the event your employees are diagnosed, or exposed to someone who has been diagnosed, with the virus: Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Labor has released a final ruling on what constitutes a joint employer relationship when it comes to liability for wage and hour matters. In a wage and hour investigation, a four-factor balancing test will be used by courts to determine whether two entities are considered joint employers. The four-factor test will assess whether the company: Continue reading
As 2019 winds down there are a number of things that you need to be aware of going in to 2020 to ensure compliance with federal and state wage and hour rules and other payroll related laws. Continue reading
For the first time in many years the IRS has significantly revamped the Federal W-4 form for 2020. This new form will be required to be completed by all new employees beginning on January 1, 2020. Any existing employees who wish to make changes to their federal tax withholding after January 1st will also need to use the new version. Employers can ask, but cannot require, all existing employees to submit a new version of the W-4 form. However, if an employee hired before January 1, 2020 does not complete a 2020 W-4 employers must use the last completed W-4 to calculate appropriate federal withholding for the employee. Continue reading
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more and more prevalent in workplaces today and is changing the way we hire. Illinois is the first state to create regulations around using AI for video interviewing and its law becomes effective January 1st, 2020. Continue reading
For employees working the graveyard shift, this weekend could be a bit longer than normal. With the exception of Arizona and Hawaii, Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 3rd at 2 AM local time for all U.S. states. At this time, the clocks will roll back to 1 AM and repeat the hour. If you have employees that work at that time, your payroll liability will likely be higher than on a typical work day because of the additional hour worked unless scheduling modifications are made. Continue reading
Following suit with other states, Nevada will soon require employers with 50 or more employees to provide general paid leave to all employees. This include full-time and part-time employees, but excludes temporary, on-call, and seasonal employees.
Effective January 1st, 2020, employers must provide “at least 0.01923 hours of paid leave per hour of work performed.” This means that an employee who works 40 hours a week for a whole year will accrue 40 hours of paid leave. This paid leave can be used for any reason, in fact your employee does not have to give you a reason. Still, employees must give a “reasonable” amount of notice before using their paid leave. Continue reading