Employers Group Blog Connection

Don’t Forget the EITC Notice Required by AB 650

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Thu, Jan 26, 2012
As employers prepare to mail out their W-2s to employees on or before January 31, 2012, they should also be wary of California’s requirement that they notify employees of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  The notice must be distributed within a week before or after the date employers distribute the W-2.  Most employers simply include the EITC notice in their W-2 packets.  The notice must be sent to each employee by mail or be personally delivered to each individual; posting on a company bulletin board will not suffice.  The notice may either provide instructions on how employees may obtain IRS-published notices regarding the EITC (currently, IRS Notice 797) or, alternatively, employers may craft language substantially the same as follows:
“Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the earned income tax credit from the federal government. The earned income tax credit is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The earned income tax credit has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, earned income tax credit payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, supplemental security income, food stamps, low-income housing or most temporary assistance for needy families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a tax return to receive the earned income tax credit. Be sure to fill out the earned income tax credit form in the federal income tax return booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the earned income tax credit, including information on how to obtain the IRS Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-3676 or through its Web site at www.irs.gov.”
Employees outside California who are not subject to the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC) need not receive the notice, nor is the notice due any individual in California who is not covered by unemployment insurance and, therefore, not considered an “employee” under the CUIC (i.e., independent contractors, etc.).  There is no penalty for noncompliance as the law is currently written.


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Topics: hr policy, human resources, compensation, best practices

10 Dolla Holla: San Francisco Minimum Wage To $10.24 Per Hour

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Thu, Dec 15, 2011
By:  Jim Tait, author of "You're that HR Guy" blog and founder of OPI National Outplacement
So on top of mandatory paid sick days for workers in San Fransisco, employers must now oblige with a minimum wage of $10.24.  How nice.

San Francisco will be the first city in the United States to have a minimum wage that tops $10. As of Jan. 1, 2012, workers in the city by the bay will earn a living wage of at least $10.24 per hour.
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Topics: Employer, human resources, compensation, wage & hour

2011 Banking Industry Executive Benefits Survey

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Tue, Nov 8, 2011

Employers Group announced today the launch of its 2011 Banking Industry Executive Benefits Survey. Co-produced with Employers Group alliance partner, Meyer-Chatfield Compensation Advisors, the goal of the ten-minute survey is to provide its participants with information to help drive improvements in key executive rewards, retention, and productivity.

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Topics: Employers Group, benefits, compensation, executive, best practices, workplace benefits, retaining employees, rewarding employees

For the Non-Exempt Employee Who Says “May I Have a Salary, Please?”

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Wed, Oct 5, 2011

By:  Gannon Elizabeth Johnson, LightGabler LLP

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Topics: human resources, compensation, overtime, employee, wage & hour

Breaking News! Employers Group's WELU is Open for Registration!

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Wed, Sep 14, 2011

Employers Group's
2012 Workplace & Employment Law Update

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With so many changes happening so quickly in today's world, how do you sort through the mess and focus on what's important?

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Register TODAY for one of the following five WELU events in California:

November 9, 2011

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December 1, 2011

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Take advantage of early-bird pricing discounts!
Register before September 30 and pay only $245! - a savings of $50 from regular registration fees!

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Topics: development, Legislation, advocacy, human resources, Employers Group, event, compensation, best practices, business, workplace benefits

Overtime for Mortgage Lenders – What You Need to Know!

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Aug 29, 2011


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Topics: mortgage, DOL, compensation, wage & hour, lenders, mortgage lenders, FLSA