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Washington State Approves Historic Long-Term Care Tax

Americans are getting older. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) estimates that 10,000 U.S. residents turn 65 each day—the majority of whom will need some form of long-term care in their lifetimes.


New Deadline Set for EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting

What a long, strange trip it’s been. After years of back and forth, an Obama-era regulation once thought canceled is back in effect.

Earlier this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a brief statement on its website stating that employers would be required to report employee pay data by September 30. That data represents a new, second part of a longstanding compliance obligation, the EEO-1 report.


DOL Rules That ‘Gig’ Workers Are Not Employees

The “gig” is up—according to the Department of Labor (DOL), anyway. An opinion letter recently published by the agency rules that gig-economy workers are independent contractors, not regular employees.

That distinction matters, as contractors aren’t subject to the same federal protections as employees, including minimum wage rules and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which dictates overtime eligibility. It also means employers don't have to provide them with health insurance, as otherwise required by the Affordable Care Act.

The letter's publication is largely seen as a win for businesses reliant on contingent workers, including popular services like Uber and TaskRabbit. On average, contractors are 30 percent less expensive than traditional employees, not including potential wage and hour litigation. 

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When Is Firing an At-Will Employee Illegal?

Goodbyes are always hard, especially when they’re immediately followed by a wrongful termination lawsuit. But what actually constitutes an illegal firing?

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Maternity Leave Rights Every Mother Should Know

Whether or not you’re planning to have a baby soon, it’s important to understand the specifics of your workplace maternity leave policy.


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 .

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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.