DOL publishes Request for Information on overtime rule

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By Frank Cania, president, driven HR – A USA Payroll Company

As expected, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a Request for Information (RFI) based in part on the overtime rule that was finalized in 2016. This RFI formally invites public comment, data, and information on, among other areas, an appropriate salary level for bona fide executive, administrative, and professional exemptions allowed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has suggested that the DOL is likely to propose a new version of the overtime rule that increases the salary threshold, but not as high as the $913 per week set forth under the previous rule.

The DOL is using this RFI to invite public comment on eleven specific, multi-part questions, including: Continue reading

NY Paid Family Leave Regulations Finalized

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By Frank Cania, president, driven HR – A USA Payroll Company

The New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) published its final regulations regarding the state’s Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) Wednesday, July 19, 2017. As many of us expected, very little about the final regulations has changed from the most recent proposed regulations issued on May 24, 2017. However, the WCB did clarify certain areas. The following are a few of the clarifications:  Continue reading

I-9 Form Revised 07/17/2017 – Ready for Use

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By Frank Cania, president, driven HR – A USA Payroll Company 

In case you haven’t heard, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised I-9 form today, July 17, 2017. A PDF of the new form can be downloaded by clicking HERE, or by visiting the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/i-9.

Wait, didn’t USCIS just issue a new I-9 form a few months ago? Yes, they did. However, changes are necessary because of requirements contained in the International Entrepreneur Rule, effective July 17, 2017. (If you really want to know about the International Entrepreneur Rule, check out my July 2017 Daily Record article, “Missed These Important Updates? I’ve Got Your Back,” or click HERE for a detailed explanation, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

So what exactly has changed on the face of the form? Continue reading

Missed These Important Updates? I’ve Got Your Back

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This article by Frank Cania, president of driven HR – A USA Payroll Company, was originally published in The Daily Record, on July 11, 2017.

Back in the day (clearly, I’m showing my age), things slowed down in the summer. Somewhere around mid- to late June, the pace at work slowed down, there weren’t as many places to go on the weekends, and even the “honey-do” list seemed a little shorter. Today, the pace is faster and the lists are longer. Instead of easing back into things after a week’s vacation, I find myself asking, “what happened while I was at lunch?”

Form I-9 Updated…Again! Continue reading