Tag Archives: Compliance Services

NY DOL Releases Guidance and FAQs on New Paid Sick Leave Law

On October 20, 2020, the NY Department of Labor (DOL) released long-awaited guidance and FAQs on the new paid sick leave law that went into effect on September 30, 2020, for all private-sector employers. Important note: Federal, state, and local government employees are NOT covered, but employees of charter schools, private schools, and not-for-profit corporations […]

Are Your Handbooks Up To Date?

An employee handbook is an important tool to effectively communicate information regarding your organization’s policies, practices and employee benefits. A well-written handbook provides expectations for your employees and describes what they can expect from your organization. While the policies outlined in your handbook will reflect your organization’s own unique culture, it is important to consider […]

Federal Judge Strikes Down Major Parts of DOL’s Joint-Employer Rule

On September 8, a federal district court struck down parts of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) joint employer rule related to vertical joint employment. The district court judge found that the current DOL test was inconsistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and failed to justify or account for its costs to workers.  The DOL holds joint employers […]

IRS Issues Guidance to Clarify Employers’ SECURE Act Obligations

In December 2019, President Trump enacted the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act”, which made numerous compliance changes to certain employer-sponsored retirement plans. The SECURE Act changed some retirement account rules, including who is eligible to contribute to retirement accounts and when withdrawals are required. The new legislation also adds a new […]

US DOL Weighs in on Independent Contractor Rule

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule intending to offer clarity to determine whether a worker is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor.  In the proposed rule, the DOL will: Adopt an “economic reality” test to determine a worker’s status as an […]

Remote Verification of Form I-9 Extended to November 19

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DHS has extended remote verification of Form I-9 for 60 more days. This temporary guidance was set to expire September 19. The expiration date for these accommodations is now November 19.  This exemption applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating in a fully remote capacity. The original news release explains how to obtain, […]

Reminder: Election Day and Time Off to Vote

As Election Day approaches (November 3) employers should be mindful of state law related to employee voting rights. In New York, employers must provide up to two hours paid time off to vote if an employee has fewer than four consecutive hours either between the opening of the polls and the start of their work […]

US DOL Issues Guidance Clarifying Employers’ Obligations to Track Compensable Hours for Teleworkers

With telework arrangements expanding in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2020-5 to clarify an employer’s obligation to track the number of hours of compensable work by employees who are teleworking or otherwise working away from premises controlled by their employers. […]

Action Required: Don’t Let the Pandemic Overshadow State Mandated Harassment Training

It is hard to believe that we are entering the last few months of 2020. With the chaos that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused all businesses, it has been easy to push certain tasks to the side to focus on pandemic-related matters, such as reopening businesses and keeping employees safe. However, employers cannot ignore non-COVID-19-related […]

Remote Verification of Form I-9 Extended to September 19

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced yet another 30-day extension of the exemption for the physical inspection of Form I-9 documents, until Sept. 19, 2020.  This exemption applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. The original news release explains how to obtain, remotely […]