Liz Hewitt

Liz Hewitt

USCIS Releases New Form I-9 & Instructions

USCIS released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on January 31, 2020. Employers should begin using the new version of Form I-9 at this time. Use of the new Form I-9 becomes mandatory starting May 1, 2020. ******** Need to...

Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership – Seminars in February

Do you want to learn more about state and federal employment taxes and other employer responsibilities? The Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership is holding seminars for employers and their representatives with experts from the following agencies:...

USDOL issues final rule on FLSA Regular Rate of Pay

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and long-standing regulations, the regular rate of pay that is used in computing overtime pay includes more than just the employee’s base pay—it can include cash and non-cash bonuses and perks. Determining...

DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule – Effective January 1, 2020

On September 24, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rules for establishing the amounts required to be earned by an employee in order for that employee to be exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime requirements. ...

Duluth, Minnesota enacts paid sick leave ordinance effective January 2020

On January 1st, 2020 all employers with five or more employees must provide Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) to their employees working in Duluth. ESST is a law in Duluth that allows for employees to have access to paid time off work. ESST can be used...

Five Tips for Effective Meetings

If you want to get a snapshot of your organization’s efficiency and the health of its culture, look at your meetings. Are they efficient and productive? Do their results justify the time and expense? Are meetings an occasion for collaboration, knowledge-sharing,...

Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership – Seminars in November

Do you want to learn more about state and federal employment taxes and other employer responsibilities? The Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership is holding seminars for employers and their representatives with experts from the following agencies:...

Employee Record Retention Guidelines

A business’ file storage system can be an asset or added liability, depending on its upkeep. Employee records are one of the trickier aspects of records management; it can be easy to confuse what documents should be kept or destroyed and on what timeline....

Minnesota revised 2019 withholding tables released

The Minnesota Department of Revenue released revised 2019 withholding wage-bracket tables and the computer formula that reflect legislation enacted earlier this year (HF 5). Under the law, the second-tier income tax rate bracket is reduced from 7.05%...

HR Tip of the Month

Question: If our company closes due to inclement weather, are we required to pay employees? Can we require PTO use? The answer depends on whether the employees are exempt or non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Exempt employees must still be...