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

Final regulations are to be published and will take effect by September 30.

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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."

​Every Word Counts When Crafting an Employee Handbook

A fundamental requirement of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is that employers must not "interfere with, restrain or coerce employees in the exercise of their rights" to organize into labor unions, collectively bargain and engage in similar "concerted activities," according to § 8(a)(1) of the law.

In general, "concerted activities" occur when at least two employees take actions intended to improve their wages or working conditions. It can also mean action taken by one employee, such as communication with a supervisor. What that actually means in practical terms is spelled out on a case-by-case basis.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently did just that in the case of Hyundai America Shipping Agency, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board (No. 11-1351). The litigation began when a terminated employee, Sandra McCullough, complained to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that she'd been fired for engaging in "protected concerted activities."

​What Health Coverage Forms Must Large Employers Complete and When?

Question: Our business has determined that we're an applicable large employer (ALE) subject to employer shared responsibility under Internal Revenue Code Section 4980H. As an ALE with a fully insured health plan, what forms do we need to complete to report on health coverage? When do we need to file them with the IRS?

Do After-Hours Communications Qualify for Overtime Pay?

Back in 2010, police officers working for the Chicago Police Department's (CPD) Bureau of Organized Crime sued their employer, eventually earning class-action status for the case (Allen v. City of Chicago). The officers maintain that, while off duty, the CPD required them to access work-related emails, messages and phone calls on their BlackBerry devices. This, they claimed, was a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Perceived Retaliation Can Put Your Company in Hot Water

If an employee lodges what you consider an unwarranted complaint about a supervisor at your company — possibly about you yourself — it's natural to feel some resentment. But matters can quickly go from bad to worse if, after filing the grievance, that employee believes he or she is being retaliated against.

​Good News in the New Year! IRS Extends ACA Filing Deadlines

Employers and other organizations got some good news from the IRS for the start of the new year. The tax agency announced that it's extending the due dates for filing 2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) information returns. This gives employers extra time to complete two tasks:

  1. Provide the forms to the recipients and
  2. File the forms with the IRS.

The New PATH Act Contains Four Payroll Tax Changes

​The tax law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on December 18 contains some payroll tax provisions that are of interest to employers. Here are four changes in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). 

​CertiPay CEO Denny Wilson featured in Atlanta Business Chronicle

Crunch time

Nov. 27, 2015
By Tonya Layman
Atlanta Business Chronicle

'Tis the season for shopping, eating, merriment and enjoying friends, coworkers and family. Notice slacking off at work doesn't make the list. So while the things on the to do list may be longer than Santa's nice list, some local CEOs say it is not OK to let work duties slide.

CertiPay Mentioned in Florida Trend's Exclusive List

CertiPay is proud to be mentioned on Florida Trend's exclusive list of the state's largest privately-held companies for 5 years in a row. Although CertiPay is well-established in our industry, we continue to grow due to our dedication to superior client service. This year, we add an online Benefit Enrollment System to our customized Payroll and Human Resources Solutions. 

From providing outstanding client service to developing market leading technology, we strive to give our clients the best experience possible.

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