Compliance Focus

Salt Lake City Hotel Chain Fined Almost $2 Million in ICE Audit

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A September 10th ICE news release named Salt Lake City hotel chain Grand America as having been fined almost $2 million as a result of hiring unauthorized workers. As part of the settlement, Grand America also agreed to undertake remedial measures estimated to cost the company around $500,000. These measures include: adopting new policies to [Read More...]

Senator Wyden Calls for Expeditious Renewal of Expire Act

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Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, recently expressed  his contention that the expired provisions of the Expire Act, including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), the Empowerment Zone Credit, and the Indian Employment Credit, need to be expeditiously renewed. “Today, American businesses of all sizes are making their required quarterly tax payments [Read More...]

Strategies to Lower Your Employment Tax Rate

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As the state unemployment insurance (SUI) tax rate season approaches, now is the time to review best practices for reducing your employment tax rate for 2015.  States offer three primary savings opportunities for employers to reduce their overall SUI burden. Voluntary Contributions Voluntary contributions allow employers to make a one-time payment into a state’s UI trust [Read More...]

California EZ – Third Party Vouchering

California EZ

Some good news in the “wind-down” of the California Enterprise Zone Program! The California HCD has assigned third-party agents to continue vouchering for all Los Angeles zones as of September 1, 2014 through the end of 2014. Previously, Los Angeles announced that they would no longer accept voucher applications after August 31, 2014. Even though [Read More...]

I-9 Compliance: E-Verify Monitoring and Compliance Steps Up Activities

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Employers using E-Verify need to be aware of the fact that the way in which they administer the system is being monitored, and quite closely. While E-Verify has been around in some form since 1997 and is currently used by over 530,000 employers, the Monitoring and Compliance (M & C) group is a fairly recent [Read More...]

Office of Special Counsel Provides Updated Fact Patterns Flyer for Employers

Employment Discrimination I-9 Compliance

The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, commonly referred to as the OSC, recently updated their informational flyer, entitled “Citizenship/Immigration Status and National Origin Discrimination in Employment”. This flyer is intended to serve as guidance for employers on how to avoid various types of discriminatory practices and is based on [Read More...]

Wage Theft Cases Continue to Rise Nationwide

Wage Theft

A pair of recent news items–one an article in The New York Times; the other a press release by Governor Cuomo’s office–illustrate the heightened scrutiny being given to wage theft issues–not only in New York, but nationwide. The New York Times piece by Steven Greenhouse asserts that federal and state officials claim that employers are violating wage laws in [Read More...]

Employee Withholding Can be a Minefield for the Unprepared

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As multi-state employers are well aware, the vast majority of states have personal income tax and require withholding state taxes from employee wages as a part of the employer’s payroll/tax responsibilities.  In addition, there are many localities that require local withholding as well.  Employers need to be aware of specific requirements and terminology relating to [Read More...]

Seeing Red or Blue? USCIS Replaces Secure Ink Color

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On July 1, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began using a new secure blue ink for some of its secure stamps.  If you are used to seeing red, it will soon go away as USCIS will be retiring and no longer using red ink going forward. USCIS stamps with secure blue ink: Department of Homeland Security [Read More...]

503 Regulation: Impact on Educational Institutions

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The final 503 regulation took effect on March 24, 2014.  It requires all Federal contractors and subcontractors to invite all applicants to voluntarily self-identify as an individual with a disability after the hire offer is extended but before work is started.  Many, if not most, colleges and universities have millions, if not billions of dollars [Read More...]