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White House considering payroll tax cut in effort to reverse weakening economy

The Washington Post reported this week that senior White House officials are considering a temporary payroll tax cut as a way to prevent an economic slowdown, revealing growing concerns about the economy according to top economic aides. However, the White House released a statement on Monday indicating that the idea for the payroll tax cuts …

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Form I-9 Expires Aug. 31

Federal Form I-9, which is used nationwide by HR departments in order to verify workers’ identity and employment eligibility, is expiring at the end of August 2019. However, an announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extending the form’s expiration date is expected soon, and will include the following clarifications: Employers may designate anyone …

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Wage and Recordkeeping Laws

This July, a Massachusetts grocery store made headlines when it was cited by the state attorney general for payroll and recordkeeping violations, totaling $313,915 in fines and restitution. Employees had complained that they were being underpaid, and the attorney general’s office conducted an investigation and even notified the store’s president of state wage requirements. But …

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Addressing Poor Workplace Behavior

When it comes to managerial nightmares, from massive marketplace disruption to natural disasters, the scariest task for many managers is dealing with problematic employee behavior. Big issues call for big solutions, but workplace behavior that is merely “detrimental” or “disruptive” can be exceedingly difficult to resolve. Behavior is a nuanced issue that often calls for …

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Payroll Tax Penalties

As an employer, you’re responsible for making sure the appropriate amount of money is withheld from your employees’ paychecks and paid to the IRS for federal income tax as well as Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes, which comprise Social Security and Medicare. Even if your employee opts for zero income-tax withholdings, you’re still responsible …

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When Employees Sue: The Value of EPLI Protection

Savvy businesspeople know: Business is risk. And on top of the investment risks you take in developing and marketing goods and services, there are also risks associated with hiring a workforce. American workers have a well-established set of rights, and one of their biggest tools for securing those rights is litigation. On the one hand, an …

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The I-9 Guide for Employers

“Are you authorized to work in the United States?” It’s a standard question on job applications, and one that most people will tick “yes” without thinking and move on. But employers are responsible for hiring legally eligible workers, and so the onus is on the company to verify that their staff meets the requirements. That’s where …

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