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Andy Przystanski

Andy Przystanski is Content Marketing Manager at Namely, the all-in-one HR, payroll, and benefits platform built for today's employees. Connect with Andy and the Namely team on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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NYC Considers New Vacation Day Requirements

With a new proposal making the rounds in New York, workers in the city that never sleeps could be entitled to some R&R.

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a proposal that would require businesses to offer at least 10 days of paid time off each year. Employees would be able to use the days for “any purpose,” including vacation, bereavement, and family time. The rules would apply to businesses with five or more employees.

The proposal sits with the New York City Council and Council Speaker Corey Johnson. If approved, it would make the city the first in the nation with a paid time off mandate.

USCIS Denied a Record Number of Work Visas in 2018

You don’t need to visit the southern border or Congress to see the political firestorm surrounding immigration firsthand. Just ask your HR team.

As first reported by the Cato Institute in November, data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reveals a spike in denials for visas, work permits, and green cards. Since 2016, immigration denials have steadily increased by 37 percent. In total, over 623,000 denials were issued last year—the highest since the USCIS started reporting the information in 2013. 

5 Interview Questions You Should Never Ask

Hiring? Here’s a tip: when it comes to recruiting, some questions are better left unanswered. The Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals for their race, color, religion, national origin, and sex. These protections don’t just apply to active employees, however. Job candidates are equally covered by the law.

E-Verify Shuts Down, Leaving Employers in Flux

You don’t need to work in Washington to feel the impact of a partial government shutdown.

As Democrats and Republicans meet to broker a deal to restore government funding, one critical onboarding tool has found itself in the crossfire. E-Verify, the online service used by employers to confirm new hires’ authorization to work in the U.S., has been shut down until lawmakers and President Donald Trump can agree on a funding bill.

4 HR Predictions for 2019

There’s never a dull moment (or year) in HR. The last twelve months have been witness to IRS surprises, political intrigue, and exciting advancements in HR technology. As 2018 comes to a close, one can’t help but wonder what next year will hold for the workplace.

It's time to dust off the crystal ball. Every year, Namely forecasts what might come to pass in the industry. Some of our predictions have proved spot on—others not so much. From a “rise of the machines” to a spike in employee ghosting, read on to learn what we expect to see in 2019.

Over 80 HR Laws Take Effect on Jan. 1

Forget the champagne and confetti—HR teams have a different kind of New Year’s tradition.

Every January, states and cities across the country enact laws impacting company policies and employee wages. While the Trump administration has slowed regulations at the federal level, local activity has remained fast and furious. Over 80 new employer requirements will take effect on January 1, 2019, involving workplace issues ranging from overtime exemption to criminal history access.

New 2019 Form W-4 Released, But Concerns Persist

The more things change, the more they stay the same. After months of speculation, the 2019 Form W-4 has arrived—and it isn’t nearly as worrisome as payroll professionals thought it would be.

On December 11, the IRS quietly added the 2019 Form W-4 to its website, unaccompanied by the usual press release. With the exception of a few minor wording changes, the form is virtually identical to the 2018 edition. 

How Many Direct Reports Should a Manager Have?

Being a boss is hard. In between getting your own work done, managers are responsible for leading and coaching their direct reports—the latter often being a full-time job in itself. So where’s the breaking point?

2019 Contribution Limits Released

Call it an annual holiday tradition. Every year, the IRS publishes a new set of contribution limits for a variety of popular benefits, including flexible savings accounts and commuter plans. With a series of announcements spaced over the last several weeks, the agency has finally settled on all major limits for 2019.  

Your 2019 HR Calendar

Mark your calendars, HR: it’s time to pop open the champagne and ring in 2019 without dropping the ball. Ahead of the new year, we’ve launched our free 2019 HR CalendarFrom special occasions like “National Coffee Day” to important compliance deadlines, the calendar features all of the key dates HR professionals need to know. 
 

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