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Important Compliance Updates & Reminders for the New Year

New York Minimum Wage Posters Now Available

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Mileage Reimbursement Rate to Increase to 58 Cents Per Mile

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the costs of operating a car, van, pickup truck, or panel truck for business purposes in 2019 will be 58 cents per mile, up from 54.5 cents per mile in 2018.  The 2019 rates for automobiles used for charitable, medical, or moving purposes were also announced.  For more information, please read IRS Notice 2019-02.

OSHA Filing Deadline is March 2, 2019

Employers are reminded that they may be required to electronically submit information from their 2018 OSHA Forms 300A to OSHA by March 2, 2019.  By that date, the following establishments, if currently required to comply with OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, must electronically submit this information through OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA):

Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements; and  

Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries

Click here to access the ITA.

Governor Cuomo Vetoes PFL Bereavement Expansion Bill

Governor Cuomo has vetoed legislation which would have allowed bereavement as a qualified reason to use paid family leave.  However, it is expected that the Governor will proposed a modified expansion of bereavement benefits, with more restrictions imposed on the use, during the 2019 legislative session.  HR Works will continue to notify clients of any updates to this legislation.

New York Labor Law 193 Extended

The Governor has extended Labor Law 193, which governs permitted deductions until November 6, 2020.

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