On March 25th, the Dept. of Labor (DOL) released information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). In order to make all employees aware of the changes to paid leave, the DOL has provided a poster that must be displayed where it is clearly visible. Below are a series of frequently asked questions about
First, we hope all of you, your families and your employees are safe! As you may have heard, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (see details below).  Please note that this is all very new and is still very fluid, so many questions have not been addressed by Congress or

Corona Virus and Salaried Employees

In order to discuss this situation, it is important to understand the law that governs this issue.   Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, in order to classify a position as “exempt”, it must meet 3 tests:   Salary Level Test – As of 1/1/2020, the Dept. of Labor issued new laws that require employers
 On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, a pandemic. As of March 17, 2020, there are 4,661 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, 48 of which are in Wisconsin. In the midst of this evolving health crisis, employers have many questions about what they can do
What Employers Need to Know About Coronavirus The World Health Organization (WHO) has just declared the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic. You can read the Director-General’s opening remarks HERE.   With this continuing threat, our clients have been reaching out asking how they can help control the spread in

Little Known Facts about Overtime

According to § 778.419 (see section below), if your hourly employee is performing two or more different jobs during the week and is paid different amounts for each job AND the employee works overtime hours during that 7-day workweek, the employee can agree that the overtime premium can be 1.5 times the hourly rate of


HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW In August, the Internal Revenue Service issued a major revision to the 2020 W-4 form (click here to see the DRAFT version).  The official version has NOT been released yet. By releasing the nearly-finalized version now, the IRS hopes it will give employers and payroll processors extra time to learn
Employees who make less than $35,568 must now be raised to that level or be reclassified as non-exempt/hourly employees.  If employers reclassify these employees to non-exempt/hourly, the employee would be eligible for overtime pay under a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The new rate will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. To be exempt from

AB-51 Signed into Law

On October 10, 2019, Governor Gavin Newson signed into law AB 51, which bans the use of mandatory arbitration agreements in employment contracts beginning on January 1, 2020. Previously, an employer was able to require employees and prospective employees to agree to arbitration to resolve almost any and all disputes between the employee and the

7 Reasons to Outsource HR

Most business owners agree that their employees are their most valuable assets. As such, managing human resources has become a critical role in managing a business. Yet for some businesses, the various functions of the HR department are too comprehensive and complex to maintain in-house. That said, in order to HR a senior HR professional