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January 2, 2013

Tip of the Week: New Year’s Tips from Your Human Resources Professionals

New Year’s Tips from Your Human Resources Professionals
New Year’s Tips from Your Human Resources Professionals
The beginning of a new year is a great time to internally audit some of your HR-related practices. Employers should work toward establishing their Human Resources priorities and improving their organization’s Human Resources functions.

Six HR Areas to Review During 2013

The following six areas are ones that all employers should review to ensure compliance with legal requirements and with HR best practices.

  • Employee Handbook
  • Paid Time-Off Benefits
  • Performance Management System
  • Health Care reform requirements
  • Posters
  • OSHA 300A Summary

Learn More About These Six Hot HR Areas for 2013

To learn more about each of these tips, be sure to read the featured article by the HR pros at MyHRSupportCenter, New Year’s Tips from Your Human Resources Professionals. If you’re not yet signed up or would like a free trial of MyHRSupportCenter, contact Vision Payroll today.

October 26, 2011

Tip of the Week: Preparing for Workplace Disaster Emergencies

Preparing for Workplace Disaster Emergencies
Preparing for Workplace Disaster Emergencies
Depending on where your business operates, you may be faced with familiar seasonal weather dangers or be challenged on the spot with an unexpected force, or forces, of nature.

Every Management Team Should Answer These Questions About Workplace Disaster Emergencies

  • Do we need to implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)?
  • What will be the impact of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Heat Safety Tool app?
  • What information do we need to collect in order to develop an effective workplace disaster emergency plan?
  • Which health and safety developments will unfold over the next few months?

Learn How to Prepare Effectively for Workplace Disaster Emergencies

To learn the answers to these questions and much more, be sure to listen to Preparing for Workplace Disaster Emergencies in this month’s HRCast, a recording provided by our team of HR Pros and available exclusively on MyHRSupportCenter.

MyHRSupportCenter Provides Alerts, Best Practices, and HR Tools Every Day

Visit MyHRSupportCenter regularly, not only for our HRCasts, but also to get late-breaking compliance alerts, best practices to implement, and HR tools to use every day. If you haven’t yet signed up and would like a free trial of MyHRSupportCenter, contact Vision Payroll today.

September 30, 2011

Question of the Week: What Are the IRS and DOL Doing About Workers Who Receive 1099s?

IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman
IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman
This week’s question comes from Steve, a small business owner.

Steve asks:

I’ve read about the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) and its application process with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). What are the IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) doing about workers who receive 1099s?

Answer: The IRS and DOL are entering into agreements that include the IRS and DOL as well as several states to share information and coordinate enforcement of current laws and regulations.

Memoranda Signed at Washington Ceremony

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently hosted a ceremony at DOL headquarters in Washington to sign a memorandum of understanding with the IRS that will improve departmental efforts to end the business practice of misclassifying employees in order to avoid providing employment protections. In addition, labor commissioners and other agency leaders representing seven states signed memoranda of understanding with the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and, in some cases, its Employee Benefits Security Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Office of the Solicitor. The signatory states are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and Washington. Secretary Solis also announced agreements for the WHD to enter into memoranda of understanding with the state labor agencies of Hawaii, Illinois and Montana, as well as with New York’s attorney general.

DOL and IRS Will Share Information with Participating States

The memoranda of understanding will enable the DOL to share information and coordinate law enforcement with the IRS and participating states in order to level the playing field for law-abiding employers and ensure that employees receive the protections to which they are entitled under federal and state law.

Secretary Solis: We’re Standing United to End the Practice of Misclassifying Employees

“We’re here today to sign a series of agreements that together send a coordinated message: We’re standing united to end the practice of misclassifying employees,” said Secretary Solis. “We are taking important steps toward making sure that the American dream is still available for all employees and responsible employers alike.”

Commissioner Shulman: We Will Work Together More Efficiently to Address Worker Misclassification Issues

“This agreement takes the partnership between the IRS and DOL to a new level,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “In this new phase of our relationship, we will work together more efficiently to address worker misclassification issues, and better serve the needs of small businesses and employees.”

Misclassification Can Create Economic Pressure for Law-Abiding Business Owners

Business models that attempt to change, obscure or eliminate the employment relationship are not inherently illegal, unless they are used to evade compliance with federal labor laws — for example, if an employee is misclassified as an independent contractor and subsequently denied rights and benefits to which he or she is entitled under the law. In addition, misclassification can create economic pressure for law-abiding business owners.

Memoranda Arose as Part of the Misclassification Initiative

These memoranda of understanding arose as part of the department’s Misclassification Initiative, which was launched under the auspices of Vice President Biden’s Middle Class Task Force with the goal of preventing, detecting and remedying employee misclassification.

Contact Vision Payroll Today

Contact Vision Payroll if you have further questions on the memoranda of understanding.

April 13, 2011

Tip of the Week: Ensure That OSHA Form 300A Is Properly Posted

David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA
David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers post Form 300A, Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses be posted by all establishments covered by Part 1904. This summary page must be posted from February 1 to April 30 of the year following the year covered by the form.

Form 300 Should not Be Posted

OSHA’s Form 300, Log of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses, should not be posted.

Optional Worksheet Is Available

Employers may use the optional Worksheet to Help You Fill Out the Summary to calculate some numbers to enter on Form 300A. The numbers for average annual number of employees and total hours worked by all employees last year can be estimated using this optional worksheet.

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Contact Vision Payroll if you have further questions on the posting period for Form 300A.

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