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CertiPay donates $20,000 to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program

JULY 12, 2016 | WINTER HAVEN – CertiPay, a Florida-based payroll and human resources solutions company, today announced a $20,000 contribution to Step Up For Students, providing scholarships for financially disadvantaged families for the 2016 -17 school year.

This is the second year CertiPay has donated to the nonprofit organization that helps administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The company’s donation will help fund four K-12 scholarships for Florida schoolchildren who will be able to attend the private school of their choice.

How To Handle Summer Dress Code Issues

Summertime is here and the temps are heating up. During Summer, many companies allow their employees to dress more casually, which can mean inappropriate and unprofessional dress. Companies can avoid potential problems by establishing clear dress code policies and providing clear training and communication on the issue.

New Overtime Rules Issued: What it means for you

Starting December 1, new overtime rules kick in that will make millions more employees qualify for overtime pay.

The changes include a dramatically higher pay threshold that determines whether workers are eligible for overtime at a rate of at least one and one-half times their regular pay. With a few months of lead time, employers need to take a look at their operations and decide how to incorporate the changes.

Final FLSA White Collar Exemption Rules Announced

The Department of Labor announced the new salary threshold for certain employees to qualify as exempt from minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s White Collar Exemptions.

Effective December 1, 2016, the new minimum salary level will be $47,476 per year ($913 per week). Up to 10% of this income may come in the form of non-discretionary bonuses, incentive pay, or commissions, as long as that portion of the compensation is paid at least quarterly. In the event that an employee does not earn enough in bonuses and commissions to meet the full minimum salary requirement, a catch-up payment can be made by the employer once a quarter.

How are seasonal workers treated under the "Play or Pay" provision?

Under the play-or-pay provision, an "applicable large employer" (ALE) may be subject to penalties for failure to offer adequate health coverage to enough of its full-time employees (and their dependents).An ALE is generally an employer that employed 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalents) during the previous year. Although seasonal workers must be included when determining whether your workforce exceeds this threshold, you won't be considered an ALE if:You passed that threshold for 120 days or fewer during a calendar year, andThe employees in excess of 50 who were empl...

CertiPay consistently passes SSAE 16 Type II compliance audit

Winter Haven, FL, April 15, 2016 — CertiPay, a national Payroll, Human Resources and Benefits Enrollment solutions company, is pleased to announce the successful completion of its annual Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 Type II audit for 2015. Completion of the SSAE 16 audit provides evidence of CertiPay’s strong commitment to the integrity of its web-based applications, including benefits enrollment, HR and payroll processing tools.The results of the audits were “unqualified,” meaning that the control measures in place are effective and operating as designed. “Rece...

Be Aware Of The New Paid Sick Leave Rules For Some Workers

Last September, President Obama issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to allow employees at least seven days of paid sick leave. Proposed regulations issued in late February 2016 (subject to public comment until March 28) added flesh to the bones of the executive order. Final regulations are to be published and will take effect by September 30. The number of people working under contract for the federal government is huge — so big, in fact, that the Congressional Budget Office last year couldn't even estimate a number when asked to do so by a member of the House Budget Commi...

​Are you a joint employer? The DOL weighs in.

If your company is classified as a joint employer with one or more other companies, you may be liable for overtime pay even if you carefully avoid workweeks that exceed 40 hours of work. Why? Because the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) states that you and your fellow joint employers share responsibility for compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The WHD fleshed out the details in a recent opinion letter (Administrator's Interpretation, No. 2016-1). According to this letter, a contract such as an agreement between you and a staffing company doesn't necessarily determine who the employer actually is. You can contractually delegate a lot of responsibility to a staffing company, including supervision, and still be considered joint employers. That determination, says the WHD, is based on "the economic realities of the working relationship."

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