USCIS Revises Form I-9, Used for All New Hires in U.S.

Kathy State/Local/Federal

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 or the new version. Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 asks for “other last …

Business Standard Mileage Rate Decreases to 53.5¢ in 2017

Kathy State/Local/Federal

American Payroll Association Compliance Update Business Standard Mileage Rate Decreases to 53.5¢ in 2017 The IRS has announced that the business standard mileage rate for transportation expenses paid or incurred beginning January 1, 2017, will be 53.5 cents per mile, down 0.5 cents from the 54 cents-per-mile rate in effect during 2016 [Notice 2016-79, released 12-13-16]. The mileage rate may …

Upcoming Minimum Wage Increases

Kathy State/Local/Federal

As 2017 quickly approaches, New York employers must prepare for scheduled minimum wage increases that will take effect December 31, 2016. Please note the following: For New York City large employers (having eleven or more employees), the minimum wage rises to $11.00 per hour effective 12/31/16. For New York City small employers (having ten or less employees), the minimum wage …

Overtime / Exemptions – Final Rule Announced

Kathy State/Local/Federal

The new rule raising the salary threshold for minimum wage and overtime exemptions for common white-collar occupations (including many executive, administrative, professional personnel, and some others), under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), has now been set with an effective date of December 1, 2016.  To qualify for the exemption under the FLSA, employees must meet certain job duty tests, …

WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS ACCUSE U.S. SOCCER OF WAGE DISCRIMINATION

Kathy HR Labor Law

Five players on the women’s national team filed a federal complaint against U.S. Soccer alleging wage discrimination. The players who signed the complaint said they were acting on behalf of the entire women’s soccer team, as they are all employees of U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in America. The female players claimed that they earn as little …