New 941
July 17, 2020

The IRS released a revised Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, and its instructions to be used beginning with the second quarter of 2020 (due July 31, 2020). The form has been updated to accommodate reporting of COVID-19-related employment tax credits and other relief.

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November 08, 2018

Arkansas voted to increase the state's minimum wage rate.

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Reminder: Numerous State Minimum Wage Increases Take Effect January 1, 2017
December 21, 2016

Employers should be aware that numerous states across the country have enacted minimum wage increases that will go into effect in January 2017.

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It Still Hurts
May 18, 2016

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor ("DOL") issued its long-awaited Final Rule for overtime exemptions, focusing on the "white collar" exemptions (executive, administrative, professional and certain computer employees). The Final Rule comes after the DOL processed 270,000 public comments on its proposed rule about which we wrote you, from late last summer. The Final Rule will take effect December 1, 2016.

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EEOC to Begin Collecting Wage Data from Employers
February 02, 2016

On January 29, 2016, in conjunction with the seventh anniversary of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed sweeping changes to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) in an effort to target and enforce pay equity discrimination in the workforce. These changes will impact private sector employers and federal contractors that have 100 or more employees.

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Overtime Comment Deadline Upon Us; DOL Refuses to Extend
September 01, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday refused requests from certain lawmakers, nonprofits and employer groups to extend its comment period on its proposed overtime rule. The comment deadline therefore is still this Friday, September 4, 2015. As you will recall, the DOL gave notice in July of its proposed rule, and invited comment over a 60-day period.

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U.S Department of Labor Releases Overtime Pay Protections!!!
July 01, 2015

Today the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a much-anticipated proposed rule change that would increase employer overtime obligations for an estimated 5 million employees. The proposed rule seeks to change the minimum salary threshold to $970 per week (the equivalent of $50,440 annually). Currently, to be exempt from the overtime and minimum wage requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees classified under the so-called "white collar" exemptions must satisfy the "salary basis" test, which requires employees to be paid a salary of at least $455 per week (the equivalent of $23,660 annually). The proposed rule concerns "white collar" exemptions under the FLSA for executive, administrative, professional and computer employees. The proposed rule would also increase the threshold total yearly compensation amount for highly compensated employees from $100,000 to $122,148 per year.

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Wage & Hour Trends for 2015
April 16, 2015

CGWG and the University of Arkansas Global Campus are jointly hosting this timely webinar. This presentation will spotlight today's most prevalent wage and hour issues, including misclassification of employees (exempt vs. non-exempt and employee vs. independent contractor), overtime pay, training time, meal breaks and off-the-clock work. This session will help employers recognize when they have wage and hour problems and will address steps employers can take to avoid liability, including the implementation of effective policies and practices. CGWG attorney Missy McJunkins Duke will also provide an update regarding wage and hour law, such as:

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ARKANSAS--Minimum Wage Increases
January 06, 2015

Arkansas will be increasing the minimum wage over the next few years.

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NLRB Says Collegr Football Players are
March 31, 2014

In an unprecedented decision issued on Wednesday, the Regional Director for Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that college scholarship football players at Northwestern University are considered employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and can unionize for collective bargaining purposes. The Regional Director applied the common law definition of an employee to determine if these student athletes were covered under the NLRA. Under that doctrine, a person who performs services for another under contract of hire in return for payment while being subject to the other's control or right of control is considered an employee. The Regional Director found that grant-in-aid scholarship football players perform services for the benefit of the school under a contract. They are also subject to the control of the school in the performance of their duties as football players. Consequently, they are "employees" and, thus, eligible for coverage of under the NLRA.

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Supreme Court Rules Severance Payments Are Taxable
March 27, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Severance Payments Are Taxable

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CVS Slammed by EEOC over Severance Deals
February 20, 2014

CVS slammed by EEOC over severance deals

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Minumum Wage Hike Could Cost 500,000 Jobs!!!
February 20, 2014

President Obama's call to raise the federal minimum wage could help lift 900,000 workers out of poverty, but at a cost of as many as 500,000 jobs, according to an analysis released by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), says USA Today.

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Top 5 compensation lessons from 2013
January 24, 2014

Last year was a year of ups, downs, and shutdowns. The Affordable Care Act is still looming over us, the impact unclear. Some but not all companies are pulling free of the recession. Employees have continued moving around more and more since the official end of the recession. Yet amidst the turmoil, there are some key lessons. Essentially, in an uncertain time, compensation plans and strategies need to be flexible. In this article I’ll talk about the top 5 ways we can infuse flexibility into our programs.

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Yahoo COO's dismissal prompts excessive pay questions
January 21, 2014

It took just a few hours, if that, for the questioning to begin after Yahoo Inc. fired its COO, Henrique de Castro.

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