Penalties Sky Rocket for ACA Reporting Errors

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) just got more expensive for employers who fail to report accurate and timely information for the employer mandate of the ACA, and 2015 isn’t even over yet. Beginning in 2016 when “applicable large employers” (ALEs) have to report about the 2015 calendar year, employers could face up to a maximum calendar year penalty of $3,000,000,…

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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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Bad company policy proved to be costly

A bad company policy, which led to poor reasoning for making a hiring decision, just cost Abercrombie & Fitch seven years in court battling a lawsuit, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in punitive and compensatory damages. In June 2008, 17-yr-old Samantha Elauf interviewed for a position at Abercrombie Kids in Tulsa, OK. Although she was nervous to do so,…

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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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