Human Resources White Papers

Updates to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

What does this mean for Employers?

Employers have wondered if the mandated paid sick and family leave passed under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be extended beyond the December 31st deadline.  The answer is “no”; BUT employers who voluntarily offer paid “FFCRA” leave to employees through March 31, 2021 will still receive the corresponding tax credit.

So, NO, not mandated to continue adhering to FFCRA after 12/31/2020

But, YES, the company can opt to continue voluntarily adhering to FFCRA and, if the company opts to continue offering FFCRA paid leave, all current provisions and record keeping apply.

Read about it here … READ MORE

Up for discussion once again is the Paycheck Fairness Act

A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and Equal Pay Act of 1963 was passed by the US House of Representatives on March 27, in a 242 – 187 vote. Once again, the bill was passed by the house but held up at the Senate level; yes you are right… this is old news… same thing has been occurring since 1997.

3.29.19 – Read about it here… READ MORE

Being a Highly Compensated Employee in 2019

If you are a highly compensated employee (HCE), it is recommended that you pay close attention during your employer’s annual open enrollment.

2.19.19 – Read about it here… READ MORE

Labor Law Poster Compliance

Be sure to be in the know with all Labor Law Posting Requirements!

2.19.19 – Read about it here… READ MORE

Employ 5 or more employees in California?

Are you prepared for the new Harassment Training Requirements that go into effect in 2020?

1.14.19 – Read about it here… READ MORE

State Minimum Wage

Many states are increasing their required State Minimum Wage on 1/1/2019.   Be sure you are compliant with your State’s Minimum Wage.

12.19.18 – Read about it here… READ MORE

Fair Work Week Bill

On Thursday, December 6th, Philadelphia City Council passed a “fair work-week” bill that will require certain employers, meeting specific criteria, to increase pay rates to their employees working certain approved weekly schedules.

12.10.18 – Read about it here… READ MORE

An Employers Guide To Medical Marijuana Policies. HaHaHa that was so funny! Let us know when you’ve found one!

10.12.18 – Read about it here… READ MORE

Are you prepared to refund your Medical Loss Rebate? Not sure what we are talking about? Be in the know… Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

10.3.18 – Read about it here… READ MORE

Does your company offer Paid Family and Medical Leave? Are you aware that there is a tax credit your company may be eligible for?

6.14.18 – Check out the information here…  READ MORE

Are you thinking about implementing an English only policy for your company?

6.8.18 – Here are some things to consider before you do so…   READ MORE

What is E-Verify?

4.6.18 – What is E-Verify? Am I out of compliance because I haven’t been using it?  READ MORE

State of Emergency and Employers Responsibilities to Compensate Employees

3.20.18 – It’s a “State of Emergency”, you can’t expect me to come to work! Or can you? How employers should handle a State of Emergency.  READ MORE

Unemployment Claims

3.8.18 – Let’s face it… Navigating through the world of Unemployment Claims can be confusing… Below is the skinny on the Unemployment Process  READ MORE

FEHC New Regulations

7.26.17 – Effective July 2017 California Employers should audit their Onboarding Processes to ensure compliance with FEHC new regulations READ MORE

Form I-9 Updated

7.17.17 – On July 17, the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) released a revised version of Form I-9. Employers can use the existing I-9 Form through September 17, 2017. READ MORE

Philadelphia City Wage Tax Reduced Effective 7/1/2017

7.1.17 – Effective July 1, 2017, Philadelphia will reduce the City Wage Tax Rate. If you live or work in the city of Philadelphia, keep an eye out for some changes in the city wage tax. A scheduled reduction in the City Wage Tax will take effect July 1, 2017 as part of an ongoing process to reduce the strain on residents and increase the appeal to work in the city. READ MORE

House Bill to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

5.8.17 – On May 4th, 2017, the House passed a bill through to Senate seeking to repeal and replace portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Aka “Obamacare.”  Make sure you are in the know, what is proposed to change. READ MORE

Governor Wolf’s Proposed Budget May Increase Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage   and Create Jobs for the Middle Class

2.23.17 – On February 7, 2017, Governor Wolf presented his proposed 2017-2018 budget to the state legislature, focusing on protecting senior services and education, raising the state of PA minimum wage, as well as creating new programs that are supposed to help businesses grow. READ MORE

5 Proposed Bills for California Employers to know about for 2017

2.20.17 – Calling all CA Employers, be on the lookout for updates on the following Bills submitted for approval in 2017. READ MORE

When is it Acceptable to make Deductions from an Employee Check?

2.17.17 – The following deductions from wages are authorized for the convenience of employees in accordance with the provisions of section 3 of the Wage Payment and Collection Law (43 P.S. § 260.3). READ MORE

I9 Form: Are you in Compliance with January 22, 2017 Changes to Form?

2.1.17 – Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers must only use the revised version Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, dated 11/14/2016, to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after Nov. 6, 1986. READ MORE

2017 – 2018 State & Local Labor Law Changes

2.1.17 – Below is an overview of the upcoming state and local law changes that will be going into effect in 2017/2018. Pay close attention to all changes, but of note: New state and local “Paid Sick Leave” mandates are being enacted, as well as more states are adopting the “Ban the Box” initiatives rules for pre-employment. READ MORE

2017 State Minimum Wage Increases on the Horizon

12.29.16 – Below are the upcoming minimum wage increases listed by state. In some states, minimum wages may be higher based on certain locations, gross annual sales, and/or in specific industries. Therefore, it’s important to research your state’s specific minimum wage requirements or contact McCloskey Partners to ensure you are in compliance. READ MORE

Final Rule: Executive Order 13706 Paid Sick Leave for Workers on Federal Contracts Effective January 1, 2017

12.23.16 – With the Department of Labor publishing a final rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Paid Sick Leave will be established for Federal Contractors. Executive Order 13706 was signed by President Barack Obama on September 7, 2015, and requires parties that enter into covered contracts with the Federal Government to provide covered employees with up to 7 days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. READ MORE

New FLSA Overtime Regulations that were scheduled to go into effect

11.23.16 – JUST IN…..On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction against the FLSA overtime rule which was due to go in to effect December 1, 2016. This surprise decision will delay the proposed FLSA overtime rule changes. READ MORE

New I-9 Form – Released

11.14.16 – On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the newly revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. (Source:  Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of “03/08/2013 N” until January 22, 2017. After this date, employers must use the new form for employment eligibility verification. READ MORE

Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirements 2015-2016 Comparison

10.26.16 – There will be changes to the ACA reporting requirements for 2016 than previously required in 2015. Failure to file the required information returns to the IRS will result in fines, which have doubled since last year. The annual cap for these penalties has increased from $1,500,000 in 2015 to $3,000,000 for 2016. READ MORE

Wyoming Labor Poster Changes

10.20.16 – Effective February 2017, the “Wyoming Health and Safety Protection on the Job” Notice will be revised to reflect an increase in the mandatory penalties per serious and non-serious violation, daily penalties for failure to correct, and an increased total violation cap. READ MORE

Can employers require that employees be paid via direct deposit?

9.15.16 – According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), private employers may require employees to receive payment of wages via direct deposit as a condition of employment, as long as the employee chooses the particular financial institution. If an employer chooses the receiving bank for direct deposit, the employee must be provided with an alternate form of payment, such as receiving a paper check. READ MORE

Massachusetts Law Prohibits Salary Questions

8.2.2016 – A Massachusetts salary bill was signed in to law regarding those age old questions that can come up during the recruiting process….“how much do you make?”  and “what type of compensation are you seeking?”  With the signing of this bill, Massachusetts has become the first state to prohibit companies from asking about an applicant’s salary prior to offering him or her a position. READ MORE

Employers May Now Charge a $50 One-time Fee to Process Income/Garnishment Withholding Orders through the Payroll System

8.30.2016 – On August 30, 2016, Act 64 of 2016 went into effect, which amends Section 4348(j) of Title 23 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statuses. Section 4348(j) permits employers to charge a one-time $50 administrative fee for the costs associated with processing income withholding/garnishments for support orders. When charging the $50 fee, companies can’t deduct the fee from the amount of the support order. Instead, the fee will need to be charged to the employee directly and deducted as a payroll deduction. READ MORE

Hire the right employee every time and fire the wrong employees the right way every time!

8.8.2016 – Do you have a plan that you follow and try to hire the right talent all of the time… or do you HOPE for the best when it comes to recruiting?  Stop HOPING you find the right talent and put a solid recruiting strategy in place… follow the same process every time you add/ replace a team member.  Follow these simple steps, EVERY TIME you add/replace a team member. READ MORE

Pennsylvania may become the 24th state to legalize Medical Marijuana

3.16.2016 – On Wednesday, March 16, 2016 The Pennsylvania House PASSED an amendment to their previous position on the Medical Marijuana Bill. Governor Tom Wolfe has indicated that the Bill will soon be approved. READ MORE

California Equal Pay Act

1.21.16 – This Bill requires employers to pay employees of the opposite sex equivalent wages for substantially similar work. In determining what is “substantially similar work,” skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions will be taken into consideration. READ MORE

Cyber Attacks are on the Rise—Is Your Network Secure? Are your HR Policies ready for a Cyber Attack?

11.24.15 – In early November, a group of hackers took aim at global financial interests and Cloud providers of secure email and office suite services. As the number of malicious and data-theft hacks rise— how do you know your company network is secure? READ MORE

Employment Applications~ Ban The Box

11.9.15 – Last week, President Obama banned the box for federal employees. So what does
that mean? And more importantly, does it apply to me? READ MORE

The National Labor Relations Board rewrote the rules for business relationships and the definition of “joint employers.”

8.27.15 – WHO DO THESE NEW RULES APPLY TO? Franchises, Temporary Staffing Companies and Outsourcing industries. READ MORE

Oh My Goodness, is it really after Labor Day… Urg that means it’s time to start working again!

McCloskey Partners, LLC Recruiting Discount READ MORE

NJ State Disability Fact Sheet for Employers

In order to have a valid claim for disability, you must have had at least 20 calendar weeks in covered New Jersey employment in which you earned $145 or more (called “base weeks”), or have earned $7,300 or more in such employment during the “Base Year” period. READ MORE

Kansas City Raises Its Minimum Wage

7.16.15 – The raising of Kansas City’s minimum wage is projected to raise up to $13 per
hour by 2020. READ MORE

Changes to Sick Leave Benefits in the State of California effective 7/1/2015

5.15.15 – Effective July 1, 2015, a new Bill will go into effect in the State of California regarding sick leave. The new Bill requires employers to provide one (1) hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee works. READ MORE

HB 899 – The Protection of Patients and Medical Personnel from Health Care Facility Retaliation Act

4.8.15 – Providing for the protection of patients and medical personnel from health care facility retaliation, for prohibitions, for presumptions, for rebuttable presumption, for discriminatory treatment, for evidence, for civil penalties and remedies, for criminal penalty, for restitution and damages, for injunctive relief, for peer review activity and for exemption. READ MORE

Changes to Unemployment Processing for Employers in Pennsylvania

3.30.15 – Employers and third party administrators (TPAs) will now have the option to respond to Unemployment Compensation (UC) information requests on the web using the new State Data Exchange System (SIDES) and SIDES E-Response. The system is designed to make it easier and more efficient for employers to respond to UC information requests. READ MORE

Federal Change Expanded FMLA Protection – The Department of Labor (DOL) expanded its definition of Spouse

3.10.15 – The DOL has issued a ruling that expands protections under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for same-sex spouses. READ MORE

New Jersey’s “Ban the Box” law went into effect

3.1.15 – New Jersey’s version of the “ban the box” law applies to all employers,
public and private, that employ 15 or more employees over 20 calendar weeks. READ MORE

UPDATE ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Changes for White Collar Exemptions

2.28.15 – President Obama issued a memorandum to DOL Secretary Thomas Perez in March 2014, directing him to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations” of the FLSA. The memorandum referenced the “white-collar” exemptions, stating that they “have not kept up with our modern economy” and because of this, “millions of Americans lack the protections of overtime and even the right to minimum wage.” READ MORE

FLSA Changes to White Collar Exemptions

2.28.15 – When can employers expect the change: The Department of Labor (DOL) expects to have the proposed regulations published by the end of February 2015; once the regulations are proposed in the Federal Register, businesses will have the opportunity to provide comments to the DOL. At this time, it’s unclear when employers will be required to comply with any proposed changes. McCloskey Partners will continue to monitor this proposed change and update you. READ MORE

Mandatory Sick Leave

2.12.15 – The Bill requires employers with 10 or more employees, working in Philadelphia, to provide paid sick leave. Employers with less than 10 employees (for at least 40 weeks in a calendar year) are required to provide unpaid sick leave.  READ MORE

New Jersey ~ Anti-Discrimination & Anti-Sexual Harassment

2.11.15 – On February 11, 2015 the NJ Supreme Court reaffirmed that an employer’s defense in a sexual harassment case hinges on the presence of a policy and proper implementation of that policy. The ruling in the case before it (Aguas vs. State of NJ) follows NJ’s judicial precedent related to sexual harassment cases. In the case, the state’s highest court described policy and procedural elements that are essential to create a nondiscriminatory workplace. READ MORE