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Ja'von Berry

Beginning September 1, 2021, sexual harassment laws in Texas will change. Here’s what your company needs to know. In Texas, new regulations on sexual harassment claims mean that employers of all sizes may be liable for sexual harassment claims brought on by their employees. Now’s the time for employers to review workplace policies that not […]
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Did you know partnering with a professional employer organization (PEO) can lower your company’s risk?  There are plenty of ways a PEO can take the burden of compliance off your plate to focus on company goals, attracting top talent, and being an employer of choice among competitors.  Here are some notable benefits of partnering with […]
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After multiple delays, Texas officially released its new, increased SUTA rates, creating additional tax payments for many companies. While SUTA rate notices typically occur at the end of each year, many were delayed due to COVID-19. With unprecedented unemployment claims, state unemployment funds were depleted quickly. This rise in unemployment also affected the state SUTA […]
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Minimum wages across many cities and a handful of states will increase on July 1, 2021. As a reminder, when state law differs from federal law, employers must use the one that benefits the employee the most. For example, if a state’s minimum wage is higher than the $7.25 federal minimum wage, it must be […]
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There are many new or updated state laws or employers that will go into effect on July 1, 2021. If your state has an update, you’ll find it below. As with any other regulation, laws are subject to last-minute changes, visit the Department of Labor online for more info. You can also find minimum wage […]
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Under the OSHA Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment, free from hazards that can cause serious harm. On June 10, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) posted new guidance to protect at-risk and unvaccinated employees from COVID-19 in the workplace.  Requirements Part […]
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Storm season is here! Businesses need plans in place, not only for taking shelter during inclement weather but also for running business as usual. We’re sharing a few procedures and precautions to consider when storm season rolls around.  Shelter Your employees should know how to respond when emergencies happen during the workday. Learn more from […]
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If your employer participates in the federal government’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program, you should know more about what that means.  The WOTC is a federal tax credit available to businesses that hire people from certain groups facing challenges gaining employment. This program incentivizes employers to promote job access to a diverse range of […]
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We’re following updates on the COVID-19 vaccine becoming available in the U.S. to help you make sense of the news! The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced its position relating to employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccines.  Watch our HR experts break down vaccine mandates in the workplace.  While employers can legally require the COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace, this […]
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Tax season will be here soon! Nextep will make W-2s available online and send them directly to employee homes no later than January 31, 2021.  Here’s how you can prepare for the upcoming tax season.  Get Organized Take a look at last year’s tax return and make a note of any forms or technology you used […]
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Along with the new year comes new minimum wages for several states on January 1, 2021. As a reminder, when state law differs from federal law, employers must use the one that benefits the employee the most. In this case, the state minimum wages are higher than the $7.25 federal minimum wage; therefore, the state’s […]
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It’s important to know about upcoming changes to tax laws and Nextep is here to make sense of them all and help you prepare for next year’s budget. Here are the changes at a glance: Social Security wage base: First $142,800 of wages in 2021 (Was $137,700) FICA – Social Security (OASDI): 6.2%, up to […]
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