IRS Extends Deadlines, But Hikes Fees Too

OSHA is not the only federal agency that has extended effective dates as the IRS has pushed back the deadline by which time large employers must provide their employees with certain 2016 ACA Forms.  The January 31 deadline is now delayed until March 2, 2017, however the dates when the forms must be filed with…

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SHOP Marketplace Open for 2017

We still don’t know what will happen to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) once President-elect Trump assumes office next month, but until it is changed or repealed, it remains the law of the land and many of its mandates are enforced by the aforementioned IRS.  The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace is open…

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With New Year Comes Minimum Wage Hikes

With the flip of the calendar to December, we need to be aware of pending increases in state minimum wages across the country.  To that end, on January 1, 2017 the following increases will become effective: Arizona to $10 per hour; Arkansas to $8.50; California to $10.50; Colorado to $9.30; Connecticut to $10.10; Hawaii to…

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If Not Now, When?

In plowing through these updates and deadlines on OSHA, the IRS and Obamacare, it occurs to us that it may be timely to identify a number of upcoming deadlines and effective dates that may impact some of you and might be very much relevant to your businesses.  Toward that end, and in no particular order…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Sick Leave, New Mandates

Election Day may have come and gone, but don’t expect big changes soon, especially when it comes to the bottom-line issues that matter most to franchise owners. While the national election is crucial for determining our country’s overall direction, pocketbook issues like the big three of minimum wage hikes, sick leave benefits, and scheduling mandates…

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Trump Labor Department Will Take Close Look

The now-enjoined new overtime regulation may not be the only rule with which the Trump administration takes a different view than Obama officials did.  In a video message released on Monday, President-elect Donald Trump said he will “direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.”  It…

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NLRB and Joint-Employer, Again

Notwithstanding the judicial pounding the Obama administration and its regulatory schemes have been taking by the courts (and the electorate), the National Labor Relations Board is not deterred.  The agency recently announced they will appoint 5 administrative law judges from the Social Security Administration to replace those scheduled to retire at the end of this…

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County Complexity

Barrington, Illinois is geographically located in both Cook County and Lake County, so the recent passage of mandatory sick leave and a much higher minimum wage in Cook County posed a sticky dilemma for many of the businesses in Barrington.  The town responded quickly to resolve the issues however by passing an ordinance this week…

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“If It Wasn’t for Texas!”

No, I’m not singing the George Straight country song, rather I’m reporting that the federal court in Texas has permanently enjoined the Obama administration from implementing its new persuader rule.  Recall that the so-called “persuader rule”, finalized by the Department of Labor back in March of this year, required law firms and any other consultants…

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CBO Blasts DOL Overtime Rule

The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week took aim at another Obama Administration regulatory scheme in a report released earlier this week.  The Economic Effects of Canceling Scheduled Changes to Overtime Regulations, released by the CBO November 14, confirmed that canceling the new overtime regulation would result in lower employers’ payroll and compliance costs…

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