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New Bill Gives Public Employees Two Unpaid Religious Holidays Per Year: What Does It Mean for Employers?

July 1, 2014 by HR Advisor
Category: HR Advisor , Leave Policies

On March 31, Governor Inslee signed into law a bill giving public employees two unpaid religious holidays per calendar year. SB 5173, which passed with overwhelming support, was designed to provide flexibility to employees of faiths like Islam or Judaism whose holy...

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ICE: Is Your Organization Prepared for a Silent Raid?

January 1, 2014 by HR Advisor
Category: Legislation , HR Advisor

Immigration reform has been on the government's radar for some time, and 2014 promises to be no different. Over the past four years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has audited the I-9 employment records of over 10,000 employers and imposed more than $100 million in fines. In September 2013, ICE notified another 1,000 employers that it would be conducting I-9 compliance and...

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New for Q3 and Q4: Withholding Tax Changes for Benefits Paid to Same-Sex Couples

October 1, 2013 by HR Advisor
Category: Compensation , HR Advisor

Employers will need to use special care in handling their federal employment tax duties for Q3 and Q4 of this year. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Windsor decision, which struck down federal restrictions on same-sex marriage, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued recent guidance that clarifies how employers should address their Q3 and Q4 tax reporting. In particular, the...

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What Happened to Comparability?

December 1, 2012 by HR Advisor
Category: HR Advisor , Collective Bargaining

Comparisons of compensation for like jobs is a criterion of fundamental importance in labor negotiations, mediation and interest arbitration. Why? Because all parties at interest derive benefit from them and the public is likely to support the outcome.

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