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Category: “State Laws”

State by State: Managing HR Specifics Across Industries

18 January, 2021

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

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The daily to-do list for a human resources (HR) team can be quite long – from taking care of routine tasks like payroll to executing long-term strategies that can boost employee engagement and culture. For businesses that span multiple states, this to-do list becomes even longer and more compl...

2020 changes to state minimum wage

14 January, 2020

Estimated time to read: 45 seconds

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Workers in more than 20 states ushered in the new year with hopes of larger paychecks.   In total, more than half the country will see a pay raise due to an increase in the minimum wage on a state-by-state basis. Additionally, 26 cities are set to raise their minimum wage standards in 2020 (17...

What You Need to Know About the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax (MCTMT)

03 December, 2019

Estimated time to read: 45 seconds

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 The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has released information about a tax that applies to employers within the state. This tax, titled the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax (MCTMT), applies to employers who:Are required to withhold New York State income tax fro...

Planning Ahead for Local and State Minimum Wage Increases

28 May, 2019

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

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Managing payroll is already complex, and when you factor in the ever-changing regulations, it can be downright challenging. One of the changes your business may be facing in 2019 is a local or state minimum wage increase. This year, 21 states and a number of local jurisdictions have increased their...

State Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave, and Tax Changes to Expect in 2019

08 January, 2019

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

As we head into 2019, more states and localities have announced changes to their minimum wage rates. Here’s a rundown of the latest developments. States: Alaska: $9.89 (from $9.84), effective Jan. 1, 2019. Arkansas: $9.25 (from $8.50), effective Jan. 1, 2019. The minimum wage will increas...

Changes for 2019 in State Minimum Wage Rates

06 November, 2018

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

As usual, the new year will usher in a multitude of changes in state and municipal minimum wage laws. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why payroll professionals need to be aware of the changes. Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, and Vermont will all raise minimum wages on January...

New Local Tax Laws Add to a Patchwork of Complications

05 September, 2018

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

In July 2018, New Jersey became the latest state to pass legislation allowing cities to impose payroll taxes on employers, joining 15 other states that allow local taxing. The New Jersey bill allows municipalities with more than 200,000 residents to impose employer payroll taxes of up to 1 percent...

Massachusetts Is the Latest State to Raise Minimum Wage to $15, Enacts Paid Family Leave

08 August, 2018

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

Over the next five years, Massachusetts will incrementally increase its minimum hourly wage from $11 to $15. Legislation signed by Governor Charlie Baker (R) will increase the minimum wage by 75 cents on Jan. 1 of each year from 2019 to 2023. Beginning in 2019, the minimum wage will increase to $12...

Paid Sick Leave Is Now the Law in 10 States; New Jersey Is the Latest to Switch

05 June, 2018

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

One in five U.S. states now require private-sector employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. On May 2, New Jersey joined nine states and the District of Columbia in making paid sick leave mandatory. The law takes effect Oct. 29, and is expected to provide paid sick leave to 1.2 milli...

Coast-to-Coast Tax Developments: Opt-Ins in New York, Deferments in San Francisco

24 May, 2018

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

There are some notable tax changes at the state and local levels for the 2018 tax year, with two historical bellwethers—New York and San Francisco—leading the way. Following the passage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, New York state responded by making changes to its 2019 budget t...

States Passing Unemployment Insurance Measures That Affect Payroll Taxes and Filing

30 May, 2017

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

2017 has been a busy year for unemployment insurance compliance, as many states are passing or considering laws related to the UI tax. Laws already passed affect unemployment insurance electronic reporting and payment requirements, as well as tax-rate schedules. What Is Unemployment Insurance? Unem...

Obama Administration’s Final Flurry of Labor Initiatives has Critics Crying Foul About Compliance Costs

06 December, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

President Obama has spent the last year of his presidency focused on enforcing labor measures that generally favor workers. The most notable of these initiatives include the wide-ranging overtime rule and an executive order expanding disclosure requirements for federal contractors. Citing high cost...

Five years in the making, controversial ‘persuader’ rule stopped just four days short of finish line

26 July, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

On June 27, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Labor Department’s controversial “persuader” rule that was scheduled to take effect July 1. This eleventh-hour stoppage was a major victory for the many states, business groups and employers th...

New FLSA Overtime Rules Make Accurate Time Tracking More Important Than Ever

31 May, 2016  |  1 Comments

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

Just last week, On May 18, 2016, Secretary Perez and President Obama announced that the Department of Labor finalized drastic changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which update overtime regulations. These new changes will go into effect on December 1, 2016, giving employers some time to up...

The minimum wage fight is already being waged at the state (and city) level

24 May, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

The federal hourly minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since 2009. For several years, the Obama administration has asked Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, to no avail. However, the federal minimum wage is just that: the least that employers must legally pay their employees. If a state w...

The Paid Leave Trend Continues at the State and City Level, With Federal Encouragement

10 May, 2016

Estimated time to read: 45 seconds

As the Obama administration continues to push for federal paid family and sick leave requirements, it’s also prompting state and local governments to take matters into their own hands. On May 5, the Labor Department announced that it’s offering $1 million in federal grants to allow state, county or...

Ban the Box: What Is It? Who Requires It?

12 April, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

As public interest in reducing the U.S. prison population and recidivism rate grows, employers are being pushed to remove the check box on employment applications that asks applicants if they have a criminal record. These “ban-the-box” laws are gaining traction at both the state and local levels. A...

Three Cities Where Offering Commuter Benefits is the Law

09 March, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

About 2.7 million U.S. workers receive pre-tax commuter benefits from their employers through an IRS Section 132 plan. At the federal level, legislation passed in late 2015 that established equal tax-free limits for transit passes, van-pool benefits and parking benefits, retroactive to January 1, 20...

How Do Changing Legal Protections Around Marijuana Affect the Workplace?

01 March, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

The move to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use continues to gain traction state by state. For employers, it can seem disconcerting. What effect will all of this change have on the zero tolerance policies, drug-testing programs, and workplace safety strategies that are already established in the...

State-Sponsored Retirement Benefits for Private-Sector Workers: They’re Closer than You Think

19 January, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Sixty-eight million American workers in the private sector do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Twenty-six states are looking to change that by offering state-sponsored retirement plans—such as an automatic IRA or ERISA-compliant 401(k) account—that private-sector...