Under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts valued at $150,000 or more are required to file an annual VETS-4212 report disclosing the number of veterans in their workforce. All contractors and subcontractors who meet the contract threshold amount are required to file a VETS-4212 report, regardless of their total number of employees. Data reported through form VETS-4212 is used by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to conduct compliance evaluations. The annual filing period for form VETS-4212 is August 1 through September 30. The 2020 filing deadline is September 30, 2020.
After over three years of waiting, on September 24th, 2019 the Department of Labor released its long-awaited final overtime rule, increasing the standard salary threshold for exempt status to $684 per week (up from the current $455 per week floor), or $35,568 per year on an annual basis. The new rule takes effect on January 1st, 2020, providing the first overtime salary adjustment in more than 10 years.
On February 22nd, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it will now post its Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) library instead of sending advanced notifications to individual establishments. The next CSAL is expected to be released in early to mid-March.
Topics: Human Resources
With its January 25th decision in SuperShuttle DFW Inc., the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) altered its stance on the independent contractor standard. In a 3-1 vote, the NLRB amended its previous decision in FedEx Home Delivery (2014), asserting that a worker’s classification under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) should depend largely on the traditional common-law standard rather than economic factors.
The 2018 EEO-1 reporting deadline, originally set for March 31, 2019, has been extended to May 31, 2019 due to the recent government shutdown. The EEOC, which planned to open the 2018 EEO-1 filing website during the second or third week of January 2019, closed its offices during the shutdown, and is now expected to launch in March. As employers wait for the filing website to launch, they may want to proactively gather employment data from the fourth quarter of 2018 so they will be prepared to file their EEO-1 report in a timely manner.
In the midst of football season, coaches often recite an age-old adage: “The best defense is a good offense.” Successful leaders recognize that, by proactively acknowledging and addressing potential pitfalls, their teams will be better able to defend themselves in the face of opposition.
Topics: Human Resources
What better way to kick off 2019 than with a quick review of your Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements? Employers subject to the ACA must distribute reporting forms to employees and file with the IRS shortly after the new year, so now is the time to gather and review all required data.
On November 15th 2018, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2018-57, announcing that employees can contribute $2,700 to health FSAs in 2019. This is a $50 increase from the 2018 limit of $2,650. In addition, Procedure 2018-57 adjusted limits and thresholds for other employee benefits, including those related to qualified transportation & parking and employer-sponsored adoption assistance programs.
We’re almost through October and 2019 will be here before we know it. This is a great time to review your company’s year-end and new year checklists for compliance. Want to be sure those frightful DOL ghosts and OFCCP goblins don’t come after you? Keep these checklist items in mind: