Independent Contractor: Redefined

It’s time to reevaluate (again) whether or not your independent contractors should be considered employees. The DOL recently tightened the definition of an independent contractor, focusing less on how much a business controls a person’s work and emphasizing more the economic dependence on the supposed employer and whether or not the worker is truly in business for him or herself….

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Supreme Court Upholds Tax Subsidies for ACA

The Supreme Court [recently] announced that it had ruled in favor of the Obama administration in the case called King v. Burwell. The Supreme Court’s decision (by a 6-3 vote, with Chief Justice Roberts writing the opinion) confirms that tax credits used to subsidize the cost of health insurance coverage for low-income individuals who purchase coverage will be available through…

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My employee just brought new ID for the I-9. Now what?

If you’ve hired new employees recently, you know the hassle that sometimes accompanies the requirement for employees to bring their appropriate documentation (within three days of being hired) to complete Form I-9. But what do you do when an employee comes to you with new documentation and says the previous ID used was fake? According to guidance provided to employers…

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Recruiting for “New Grads” and “Digital Natives”

If you’re recruiting for a specific age group of employees, you may want to have your attorney on speed dial. Many high tech companies continue to target younger employees because, as Mark Zuckerberg phrased it in 2007, “Young people are just smarter.” Perhaps that’s why the EEOC age discrimination complaints have sky rocketed over the past eight years. If you’re…

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Preventing security breaches – what YOU can do

More and more news headlines have business owners concerned about their own company’s data security measures. The good news is that, according to a recent study by CompTia.org, the majority of data security breaches are caused by human error, meaning they can be prevented. Here are five tips to prevent your company from being the next data breach target. Intel…

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