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IRS reminds taxpayers of worker misclassification, compliance

July 8th, 2010

With more than 60 percent of federal revenues coming through the employment tax system, according to Janine Cook, branch chief, associate/division counsel, IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division, Employment Tax Branch, taxpayers were reminded of the importance of proper worker classification, withholding and reporting of employment taxes. Cook, who also discussed pending legislation [Read more...]

Operating Engineers strike paralyzes Chicago-area construction projects; negotiations to resume July 7

July 8th, 2010

A six-day strike by construction workers represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers, which has paralyzed construction projects across the Chicagoland region, could end soon pending the outcome of negotiations between the union and groups representing employers on a contract to replace an agreement that expired on May 31. The strike, which has affected [Read more...]

California Labor Commissioner orders janitorial subcontractor to pay $3.9 million in penalties and back wages

July 7th, 2010

A subcontractor that provided janitorial services to retail businesses across the state has been ordered to pay $3.9 million in owed wages and penalties after California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet filed a civil suit seeking a default judgment following an investigation launched in response to wage claims received from 15 employees in Northern California. The [Read more...]

Employers use paid time off to compete for talent, WorldatWork survey reveals

July 7th, 2010

A new WorldatWork research report finds that a majority of US employers surveyed offer paid time off to compete in the labor market. According to the report, Paid Time Off Programs and Practices, three out of four survey respondents find it necessary to offer paid-time-off programs and do so in traditional and nontraditional ways.
“Time is [Read more...]

Survey says unscheduled absence costs employers 8.7 percent of payroll

July 6th, 2010

Unplanned, or unscheduled, absence costs employers 8.7 percent of payroll, more than half the 13.6 percent of payroll cost of health care in 2009, according to the Survey on the Total Financial Impact of Employee Absence, conducted by Mercer on behalf of Kronos Incorporated, a provider of labor analytics applications, including absence tracking. The total [Read more...]