NLRB Acting General Counsel Weighs in On Employee Handbooks

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon today released an analysis of at-will employment clauses in two employee handbooks, finding that both are lawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Charges filed with the NLRB alleged that the handbooks, distributed by a California trucking company and a restaurant in Arizona, defined […]

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IRS Releases EITC Amounts and Form for 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released updated 2013 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) amounts and a new Notice 797. Individuals will now qualify for EITC on their 2012 tax return if they: ♦ earned under $45,060 and have three or more qualifying children ($50,270 if married filing jointly) ♦ earned under $41,952 and have […]

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OSHA Reveals Top 10 Violations List for Fiscal Year 2012

For the period beginning Oct. 1, 2011, and ending Sept. 30, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) this week revealed the Top 10 most cited safety violations. The list was shared at a meeting of the National Safety Council in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated 15,000 safety professionals. The violations, as compiled by […]

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Arizona Minimum Wage to Rise in 2013 to $7.80 an Hour

The Arizona Industrial Commission has released the state's 2013 Minimum Wage Poster. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the minimum wage rate will increase from $7.65 per hour to $7.80 per hour. An employer may pay a tipped employee a wage up to $3.00 per hour, same as last year. Every employer covered under the Arizona Minimum […]

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401(k) Contribution Limit to Rise in 2013 to $17,500

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2013. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2013 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations will remain unchanged […]

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Arizona Minimum Wage to Rise to $7.80 in 2013

Arizona voters enacted the Raise the Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act in 2006.  That voter initiative established an Arizona minimum wage and provided for an annual increase based on the increase in the cost of living.   The cost of living is based on the federal Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), U.S. City Average […]

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San Francisco Wins Battle with Santa Fe Over Highest Minimum Wage

When the minimum wage in the City and County of San Francisco rises to $10.55 an hour on Jan. 1, 2013, it will eclipse reigning champ Santa Fe for the title of highest minimum wage in the U.S. The Santa Fe minimum wage currently stands at $10.29 an hour. Since Santa Fe ties its minimum […]

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EBSA to Host PPACA Informational Webcast on Oct. 24

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will host a webcast on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT to help workers and families understand how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will affect their health insurance coverage. "The Affordable Care Act: Important New Protections for You and Your Family" will explain […]

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Florida Minimum Wage to Rise to $7.79 on Jan. 1, 2013

Florida recalculates its minimum wage each Sept. 30 to adjust the rate according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Accordingly, the state's minimum wage will escalate to $7.79 an hour commencing Jan. 1, 2013. Tipped employees must be paid a minimum of $4.77 an hour, with tips bringing the total to match or exceed the […]

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CMS Releases Glossary of Terms to Be Used in SBCs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an online glossary of the terms that health insurance companies and plan providers are to use in crafting their Summaries of Benefits and Coverage (SBCs) for end-users. SBCs came into effect this past Sept. 23 and must be issued to all health plan participants and […]

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