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New Federal Overtime Rules to Take Effect in 2020

on Sep 25, 2019 4:19:11 PM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Payroll Human resources Time and labor
You may remember back in 2016, the United States Department of Labor announced it was going to increase the exempt employee overtime salary threshold from $455 per week ($23,660 annual salary) to $913 per week ($47,476 annual salary). This would mean that most employees earning an annual salary at or below $47,476 would become non-exempt and would therefore need to be paid an overtime rate for any hours worked over 40 in a given week.
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New York Expands Pay Equity Laws for 2019 and 2020

on Sep 24, 2019 2:51:01 PM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Payroll Human resources Human Capital Management
New York State has amended its pay equity laws in three significant ways. The first two changes outlined below take effect October 8, 2019, while the third change goes into effect early next year.
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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - A 2019 Update

on Aug 26, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 1 Comment | Labor law Human resources
In 2018, over 13,000 sex-based harassment claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This number doesn’t include charges filed with state and local agencies or situations where employees went directly to an attorney. And many employees who are victims of sexual harassment or are affected by it never report the incidents at all.
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The Top Complaints About Certified Payroll

on Aug 23, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Payroll Time and labor
When it comes to Certified Payroll, we have helped a lot of companies with a lot of different problems.  Because we work with both large and small construction businesses, we understand the ins and outs of Certified Payroll, including who has to file it, what must be filed, and the biggest problems that employers face when it comes to keeping their payroll compliant with federal policies.
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Why Is Certified Payroll So Complicated?

on Aug 22, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 4 Comments | Labor law Payroll Time and labor
Construction companies, the waste management industry, and manufacturing all face a shared common problem: Certified Payroll penalties.  Out of all industries with federal construction contracts, employers in these three areas spend the most on penalties and back wages that are a result of erroneous, incomplete, or non-filed Certified Payroll forms.
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Why Construction is the #1 Industry for Certified Payroll Penalties

on Aug 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Payroll Time and labor
On their website, the US Department of Labor explains that the penalties for inaccurate or insufficient Certified Payroll are steep: “Contract payments may be withheld in sufficient amounts to satisfy liabilities for underpayment of wages and for liquidated damages for overtime violations under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). In addition, violations of the Davis-Bacon contract clauses may be grounds for  contract termination, contractor liability for any resulting costs to the government and debarment from future contracts for a period up to three years.” What does this mean for construction companies, in particular, who face the most penalties of any industry?
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Recordkeeping Rules for Government Contractors and Subcontractors

on Aug 20, 2019 12:48:22 PM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Labor law Payroll Time and labor
There's money to be made when your company is hired by the government, but they have different ways of doing business. For instance, there are a lot more rules you are legally required to follow, sometimes regarding seemingly small things like recordkeeping.
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Farm Workers in NYS Will Now Receive Overtime, Rest & Other Guaranteed Protections

on Jul 31, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Payroll Time and labor
Last month, the New York State Legislature passed a new bill that guarantees farm workers in New York State receive overtime, rest periods and other protections. The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act allows farm workers to be eligible for overtime, worker's compensation, unemployment and the ability to participate in collective bargaining.
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How to Prove to the Government That You’re Not Getting Kickbacks

on Jul 29, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Payroll Time and labor
In one of the worst cases of government corruption, U.S. Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham pleaded guilty of receiving nearly $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors. Investigators uncovered a “bribe menu” detailing how much was received for various contracts, including $16 million in contracts in exchange for a $140,000 boat.
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What is the Copeland Act?

on Jul 26, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Payroll Time and labor
Often called the Copeland (Anti-kickback) Act, this act makes it unlawful for employers to receive kickbacks from employees on federally funded projects. Contracts subject to the Copeland Act need to contain a clause requiring contractors and subcontractors to comply with the regulations issued by the Secretary of Labor under the Copeland Act.
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