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2018 California State Minimum Wage Increases

In 2016, bill SB 3 was signed to gradually increase the minimum wage in California to $15 per hour by 2022. The action made California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. Large employers with 26 or more employees were required to comply beginning Read More

Social Security Payroll Tax Deduction Rate Increase for 2018

Maximum Table Earnings Increase According to the Social Security Administration, for 2018 the Social Security taxable wage base will increase from $127,200 to $128,700 maximum taxable earnings, an increase of $1,500. FICA and Social Security Rates to Remain the Same However, The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax rate of 7.65% will remain the same Read More

Newly Revised Form I-9. Deadline September 18th.

The USCIS (United States Citizenship & Immigration Services) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on July 17. Download instructions are available on the Form I-9 page. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17. September 18th is the Deadline On Sept. 18, employers must Read More

July 1, 2017 – New minimum wages, including Emeryville, Los Angeles

According to the city of Emeryville website, “The minimum wage rate will be $14.00 per hour for Small Businesses and $15.20 per hour for Large Businesses, effective July 1, 2017. These rates will increase annually with Large Business minimum wage rates adjusting annually for inflation every July 1 based on the annual increase in the local consumer Read More

New Form I-9 – Deadline January 22nd

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a newly revised Employment Verification Form in an effort to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer. Form I-9 is used for verifying employment authorization in the US, and is required by federal immigration law for each new employee hired. As part of Read More

Federal Salary Minimum Threshold Placed on Hold

Federal Salary Minimum Threshold Placed on Hold. On November 22nd, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules, which were scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The judge ruled that the Department of Labor (DOL) likely overstepped Read More

New FLSA overtime ruling for exempt employees

If you have salaried employees earning less than $47,476 annually after Dec. 1st, those employees will be eligible for OT pay.  Will you be affected? WATCH INTRO Are you aware? On May 18th, 2016, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule updating overtime regulations was announced. The ruling changed the minimum salary exemption threshold to $47,476, which Read More

2017 California Minimum Wage Table

On July 1st, 2017 the minimum wage for certain cities, including Emeryville and Los Angeles will increase. Please see below for a table of minimum wage rates by date. On January 1st, 2017 the minimum wage in the state of California will increased from $10.00 to $10.50 an hour for employers with 26 or more employees. Read More

Federal Overtime Rule’s Effect on the Hospitality Industry

The Fair Labor Standard Act’s new overtime rules will go into effect at the December 1st, 2016. Managing and comparing overtime costs and employee time cards can be particularly difficult when many employees work non-traditional hours such as early morning, late night and graveyard shifts, typical in the hospitality industry. This federal law will affect Read More

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