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October 18, 2011

Arizona Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Effective January 1, 2012

Arizona Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Effective January 1, 2012
Arizona Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Effective January 1, 2012
The Labor Department of the Arizona Industrial Commission announced recently that pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes §23-363, the minimum wage for the state of Arizona will increase to $7.65 per hour effective January 1, 2012. The law requires an adjustment to the minimum wage be calculated each year.

Adjustment Is Tied to Changes in CPI-U

The adjustment is tied to the US Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, US City Average (CPI-U) for the 12 months ending in August. The 3.8% increase in the CPI-U will result in an increase of $0.30 for 2012. Increases are rounded to the nearest five cents.

Find Out the Minimum Wage for All States by Visiting the Vision Payroll Minimum Wage Chart Page

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Arizona minimum wage increase or visit our Minimum Wage Chart.

March 27, 2011

USCIS Launches E-Verify Self-Check

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas
On March 21, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched E-Verify Self Check, the first online E-Verify program offered directly to the US workforce. E-Verify Self Check, a fast, simple, secure and free service, enables individuals to voluntarily check their own employment eligibility status.

First Phase Open To Residents of Five States and DC

USCIS is releasing E-Verify Self Check in phases, with the first phase only accessible to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

Availability to Expand After Testing and Further Improvements

The availability of E-Verify Self Check will be limited for the initial launch as the service is tested and improved upon based on the outcomes of the initial implementation.

Contact Vision Payroll Today

Contact Vision Payroll today if you have further questions on E-Verify Self Check.

March 4, 2011

Question of the Week: What Is a Taxable Wage Base?

What Is a Taxable Wage Base?
What Is a Taxable Wage Base?
This week’s question comes from April, an office manager. I’ve read that the taxable wage base has increased in New Hampshire for 2011, but I’m not sure of the impact. What is a taxable wage base? Answer: The taxable wage base is the amount of income that will be taxed in a particular year.

New Hampshire Taxable Wage Base Is $12,000

For 2011, the New Hampshire taxable wage base is $12,000. Therefore, all subject wages earned during 2011 by an employee up to $12,000 will be taxed for New Hampshire unemployment purposes. Once $12,000 of wages have been taxed for New Hampshire unemployment purposes, no additional New Hampshire unemployment tax will be due for that employee for the rest of 2011.

Taxable Wage Bases Range from $7,000 to $37,300

For 2011, the federal taxable wage base is $7,000. Three states, Arizona, California, Florida and Puerto Rico all have the lowest taxable wage base of $7,000. Washington has the highest taxable wage base at $37,300.

Find Out the Wage Base for All States by Visiting the Vision Payroll Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Page

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

February 1, 2011

Arizona Unemployment Wage Base to Remain at $7,000 for 2011

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Neal Young, Director, Arizona Department of Economic Security
Neal Young, Director, Arizona Department of Economic Security
The Arizona Department of Economic Security has announced the taxable wage base for 2011. The wage base will remain at $7,000 for 2011.

Some Tax Rates Adjusted Slightly for 2011

Employer rates will go from a low 0.02% for employers with a positive ratio of 13% or more to a high of 5.86% for employers with a negative ratio of 13% or more. The new employer rate remains at 2.00% for 2011.

Find Out the Wage Base for All States by Visiting the Vision Payroll Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Page

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on Arizona unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.

October 24, 2010

Arizona Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.35 Effective January 1, 2011

Arizona Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.35 Effective January 1, 2011
Arizona Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.35 Effective January 1, 2011
The Labor Department of the Arizona Industrial Commission announced recently that pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes §23-363, the minimum wage for the state of Arizona will increase to $7.35 per hour effective January 1, 2011. The law requires an adjustment to the minimum wage be calculated each year.

Adjustment Is Tied to Changes in CPI

The adjustment is tied to the US All-Urban Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 12 months ending in August. The 1.1% increase in the CPI will result in an increase of $0.10 for 2011.

Find Out the Minimum Wage for All States by Visiting the Vision Payroll Minimum Wage Chart Page

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Arizona minimum wage increase or visit our Minimum Wage Chart.

June 6, 2010

Ninth Circuit Rules No Pay for Police Officers for Time Spent Donning and Doffing Uniforms and Gear

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed that police officers in the city of Mesa, Arizona were not entitled under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to be paid for time spent donning and doffing their uniforms and protective gear, in the case of Fred Bamonte, et al. v City of Mesa, 08-16206 (9th Cir. 3/25/2010). According to the appeals court, since “officers had the option of donning and doffing their uniforms and gear at home, the district court determined that these activities were not compensable pursuant to the FLSA and the Portal-to-Portal Act.” The court agreed with this determination and affirmed the district court granting of summary judgment in favor of the City of Mesa. Since many factors affect determinations of compensable time under the FLSA, Vision Payroll strongly recommends employers consult with a competent labor law attorney to assure compliance with the FLSA.

May 2, 2009

Arizona Withholding Tax Changes Take Effect

Effective May 1, 2009, new withholding Chart 3 took effect, increasing the percentage of federal income tax to be withheld for Arizona withholding tax purposes. Employees subject to Arizona withholding should see the impact in their next paycheck. Chart 3 applies to wages paid after April 30, 2009 and before January 1, 2010. Withholding Chart 4, which has also been released by the Arizona Department of Revenue (AZDOR), will apply to wages paid after December 31, 2009 and before July 1, 2010. Wages paid after June 30, 2010 will have withholding tax calculated based on new tables yet to be released by the AZDOR and will no longer have tax withholding calculated based on a percentage of federal withholding.

CHART 3
Wages Paid after April 30, 2009
and before January 1, 2010

CHART 4
Wages Paid after December 31, 2009
and before July 1, 2010

Annual Compensation Less Than $15,000

Annual Compensation $15,000 or More

Annual Compensation Less Than $15,000

Annual Compensation $15,000 or More

Old Rate

New Rate

Old Rate

New Rate

Old
Rate

New Rate

Old
Rate

New Rate

10%

11.5%

N/A

N/A

11.5%

10.7%

N/A

N/A

19%

21.9%

19%

21.9%

21.9%

20.3%

21.9%

20.3%

23%

26.5%

23%

26.5%

26.5%

24.5%

26.5%

24.5%

25%

28.8%

25%

28.8%

28.8%

26.7%

28.8%

26.7%

31%

35.7%

31%

35.7%

35.7%

33.1%

35.7%

33.1%

37%

42.6%

37%

42.6%

42.6%

39.5%

42.6%

39.5%

A revised Arizona Form A-4, Employee’s Arizona Withholding Percentage Election, is now available to allow employees to adjust their withholding. Withholding chart 1 and withholding chart 2 for pension and annuity payments were also released and are identical to the changes for those earning less than $15,000. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the withholding changes.

November 1, 2008

Arizona Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2009

The Labor Department of the Arizona Industrial Commission announced recently that pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes §23-363, the minimum wage for the state of Arizona will increase to $7.25 per hour effective January 1, 2009. The law requires an adjustment to the minimum wage be calculated each year. The adjustment is tied to the US All-Urban Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 12 months ending in August. The 5.4% increase in the CPI will result in an increase of $0.35 for 2009. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Arizona minimum wage increase or visit our Minimum Wage Chart.

October 4, 2008

US Department of Labor Files Suit to Recover Overtime Wages

Following an investigation, the US Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $5 million in underpaid overtime. The suit was filed against CEMEX, Inc., a Houston-based provider of cement and concrete products. Employees in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas were allegedly underpaid overtime hours for piece rate and incentive bonus pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employees eligible for overtime be paid at one and one-half times their regular rate of pay, which should include most commissions, bonuses, and incentive pay. Vision Payroll provides a continuing series on the FLSA, but you should contact your labor attorney with specific questions on overtime hours and pay rates.

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