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Key Q2 Dates For HR

April has arrived. It’s that transitional month when you both can’t believe how fast Q1 flew by, yet don’t understand how it’s been the longest winter in history. Thankfully, the second quarter of the year includes the start of summer and conference season. Situated after the ups and downs of tax season and before the craze of open enrollment, it’s tempting to relax a bit during Q2. However, there are some key dates to keep in mind before the busy season picks back up.

What Is Bereavement Leave?

Losing a loved one is extremely difficult. During tough times, work needs to take a back seat as people focus on being with family, friends, and loved ones. Many companies offer bereavement leave as a way to give employees space and time to cope with  loss .

The HR Guide to Employee Jury Duty Leave

Whether you view jury duty as an honorable civic duty or an inconvenience, odds are you’ll find a summons in your mailbox at some point. But sometimes a “speedy trial” isn’t so speedy. If selected as a juror, your obligation could last anywhere from a few days to a few months, which means missing work.

What Changes at Employee 50

When you’re building a company, there are milestones that always stand out. Your first hire. The first client. Opening a new office.

While each of these pose their own challenges, there’s one milestone that always stood out to me: reaching the 50 employee mark. But once you've grown to 50 employees, now what? 

HR’s Guide to the Form W-2

If you’ve been in HR for any number of years, you know year-end payroll can be a challenge. Much of that is due to the the Form W-2, formally known as the IRS Wage and Tax Statement. Don't scratch your head just yet. This guide breaks down everything you and your employees need to know to have a smooth filing season.

Breaking Down the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) recently turned 80—an anniversary celebration that went largely unnoticed by national news media, perhaps, for good reason. Despite its past and current role in regulating working conditions and workers’ rights, many feel the law is outdated and in need of a rewrite.

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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. 

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.

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.

Key Q1 Dates for HR

Returning to work after the holidays can be challenging for any department, but HR knows they’ll be greeted by a slew of important upcoming dates. Between launching new initiatives and kicking off tax season, HR has their hands full as soon as they walk back into the office. Don’t let these dates catch your team off guard. We’ve rounded up key holidays, dates, and deadlines for the first quarter to make sure you’re ready for the new year.