The Department of Labor TODAY issued the much anticipated final rules for "exempt" status under the Fair Labor Standard Act FLSA.
This legislation has been temporarily blocked by a Texas Judge. Employers may continue with existing rules until further notice.
The new rules WERE to go into effective December 1, 2016.
While not yet published in the Federal Register, the newly approved rules are being provided to the public now here:
"Specifically, the Final Rule:
Additionally, the Final Rule amends the salary basis test to allow employers to use non-discretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level."
Here is a SUMMARY:
Get it here:
On July 17, 2017, USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers may continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/2016 N through September 17, 2017. By September 18, 2017, employers must use the revised form.
New MA Pay Equity law bars MA employers from asking prospective employees for salary history.
On August 1,Governor Baker signed a bill that is a "first-in-the-nation" banning employers from asking prospective employees what they are currently earning.
The new Act goes into effect in Massachusetts on January 1, 2018 with the intention of closing the wage gap between men and women in like positions. It replaces the MA Equal Pay Act. Plan your interviewing process, audit existing wages, identify disparities and develop compensation strategies accordingly.
Read more about the requirement of the act here.
OSHA's New Training Resource for Employers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new 200+ page guide to assist employers, safety and health professionals and training directors with OSHA’s training-related requirements.
Get your copy here:
Here is a helpful resource for employers managing the FMLA
Get the required poster here:
New Form I-9 now available.
MASSACHUSETTS & FEDERAL COMBINATION POSTER
The IRS has released FINAL instructions and revised forms 1095C and 1094C in compliance with the ACA.
Form 1095C must be provided to employees by January 31, 2017. Form 1094C must be submitted to the IRS by February 28, 2017.
This process proved to be a challenge for many this year. Applicable large employers should begin preparing now.
With the exception of a few minor changes, the filing instructions will be very similar to 2015. A very nice summary prepared by Eastern Benefits Group can be found here.
DOL Issued Final Rules on May 18, 2016
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