On September 7, 2016, a new bill, Improved Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act of 2016 known as HR 5947 was introduced to include foster care youth as part of the targeted groups for WOTC. It proposes to revise the IRS Code of 1986 for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit… read more →
On August 5, the Senate Finance Committee announced its version of the 2015 tax extenders bill, S 1946, The Tax Extension Relief Act of 2015. To view the full bill or track the legislation: http://www.finance.senate.gov
The decision was revealed this morning by the Supreme Court that they have ruled in favor of the government in King v. Burwell. This 6-3 ruling paves the way for the ACA to stay in its current form and the current administration must be very relieved. We know now that… read more →
While the federal Empowerment Zones were extended legislatively as part of tax extender legislation at the end of 2014, the IRS requires that the states extend the expiration dates of their zones. In the past, the IRS decided to deem all Empowerment Zones extended unless a state proactively requested that… read more →
USCIS has reported that at the end of 2013, E-Verify is now being used by half a million employers. Four states require E-Verify which include Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi and South Carolina while Georgia, Utah and North Carolina require all employers over a specific size to use E-verify. Many states also… read more →
Starting January 1, 2014, Minnesota employers are required to comply with “Ban-the-Box” legislation for both private and public employers. Employers can no longer ask job applicants about criminal backgrounds prior to an interview, or until after making a conditional job offer.
Increasing significantly is the number of Form I-9 audits conducted by ICE and fines for employers found to have I-9 violations. Last fiscal year, monetary fines increased to $12.4 million, compared to $10.4 million the prior year. To prepare for ICE I-9 audits, employers should conduct internal I-9 audits on… read more →