Equal Pay Law Poster In February 2018, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries released its Equal Pay Law poster summarizing the provisions of law. All Oregon employers are required to post this notice in an area where all employees can easily see it. See the poster

All-in-One Workplace Laws Notice Updated In August 2018, South Carolina updated its South Carolina Workplace Laws: Notice to Employees, which provides information about all of the following laws: Employment discrimination. Payment of wages, child labor, and right-to-work laws. Safety and health protection on the job. Unemployment compensation. Workers’ compensation. Employers are required to conspicuously post…

Court of Appeals Declares Austin Paid Sick Leave Law Unconstitutional On November 16, 2018, the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, at Austin, held that Austin’s paid sick leave violates the Texas Constitution because it is pre-empted by the Texas Minimum Wage Act. According to the court’s opinion, “We hold that the Texas Minimum Wage…

On November 29, 2018, the IRS released Notice 2018-94 to extend the due date for employers to furnish 2018 Form 1095-C or 1095-B under the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirement. Employers will have an extra month to prepare and distribute the 2018 form to individuals. The due dates for filing forms with the IRS…

Question: If an employee is not in fact married, can they claim “married” on the federal Form W-4? Answer: They should not. However, it is the employee’s responsibility to accurately fill out the Form-W-4, and it is not up to an employer to determine if the withholding is appropriate, or if an employee’s claim of…

Celebrate the Season Safely

As the holiday season approaches, the economy is humming along, unemployment is low, and companies are enjoying the fruits of corporate tax breaks. Time to celebrate? Not so fast, according to the 2018 Holiday Party Survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The survey found that just 65 percent of companies are holding holiday festivities this…

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued compliance guidance for benefit plans, employers and employees, and service providers who are impacted by the California wildfires. The guidance generally provides relief from various ERISA requirements and time limits for entities in the disaster area. This follows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announcement extending certain filing dates….

Question: Our company received a rebate check from our health insurance carrier. As the employer, we pay the bulk of premiums, although employees who enroll for coverage do pay a portion of the cost. Are there restrictions on how we can use the rebate money? Answer: Yes, there are restrictions on using the rebate. The…

OSHA Crane Operator Final Rules On November 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the release of its Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certificate Extension final rule (Final Rule 82: 51986-51998). The final rule: Removes the requirement that crane operator certifications include the crane’s rated lifting capacity….

Arkansas Minimum Wage Increases On November 6, 2018, Arkansas voters approved the Arkansas Minimum Wage Increase Initiative (Issue 5), which will incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage, per Ark. Code Ann. § 11-4-210(a), as follows: $9.25 per hour effective January 1, 2019. $10 per hour effective January 1, 2020. $11 per hour effective January 1,…