On November 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice increased monetary penalties substantially for employers who knowingly employ an unauthorized worker. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), it is unlawful for an employer to hire or continue to employ a person knowing that the person is not authorized to work in the United States. This law requires that employers verify employment eligibility of all employees by completing a Form I-9. Failure to comply with these rules subjects employers to substantial penalties. Continue reading
Beginning January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are the following:
- 53.5 cents per mile for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck for business miles driven (down from 54 cents in 2016).
- 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (down from 19 cents in 2016).
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (unchanged).
The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs. Continue reading
Beginning Sunday, January 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD). Employees with fewer than 10 employees will be subject to this requirement beginning January 1, 2018.
This mandate also applies to out-of-state employers who report payroll taxes to the EDD.
The e-file and e-pay mandate requires the following returns, reports, and payments to be electronically submitted: Continue reading
The California minimum wage law has been modified so that the wages will gradually increase to $15.00 per hour by 2022.
For the first time, the increases are grouped by employer size. Employers with 26 or more employees will need to increase the minimum wage from $10.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour on January 1, 2017. Employers with 25 or fewer employees will have another year until the minimum wage increases by fifty cents for their employees.
The schedule for the California minimum wage increases for large employers is as follows: Continue reading
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that an updated Form I-9 has been approved. While the current form had a revision date of 03/08/2013 N and expired in March this year, is is acceptable for continued use until January 17, 2017.
On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by November 22, 2016. After January 21, 2017, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid. Make sure you are always using the most current, acceptable version of the Form I-9, and ensure that the I-9 is completed by all new employees within three days of hire.
For more information on self-audits and other Form I-9 issues, see the “Handbook for Employers” https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/m-274.pdf issued by USCIS. Find the latest version of the I-9 form here.
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