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We recently reported that President Trump signed an executive order and three memoranda for COVID relief. With no interference thus far from Congress, those orders are scheduled to become active September 1.  One of the memoranda we are most frequently asked about is the “payroll tax holiday.” This provision gives employers the option to let employees […]
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Please visit our COVID-19 resources page with more information for business owners and employees. Updated ADA guidelines have been issued in light of COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges to people from all walks of life. In times such as these, we see people join together to fight for the common good — […]
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Please visit our COVID-19 resources page with more information for business owners and employees. On March 20, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced flexible guidelines to the requirements related to Form I-9, due to COVID-19.  Employers may obtain, remotely inspect, and retain copies of the documents their employees provide to complete Section 2 of […]
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The Federal Government released an updated I-9 form  On January 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security published a new I-9 form for employers to use for all new-hires. Use of the new form will become mandatory on May 1, 2020.  The I-9 form is used to verify identity and employment authorization for people hired […]
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Get your calculators ready — tax season officially starts on January 27, 2020, according to the IRS. We’ll be sending W-2s directly to employee homes for our clients no later than January 31, 2020. Here’s how you can get a headstart on the upcoming tax season.  Get Organized Tax filing can be a tedious task, […]
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The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced its final decision on the calculation of the regular rate of pay, effective on January 15, 2020. The new rule clarifies common overtime pay issues and will allow employers to offer perks and benefits to their employees more efficiently.   Previous rules about the regular rate of pay Under […]
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The Department of Homeland Security has announced changes to the I-9 form.  The federal government’s I-9 form expired in August 2019, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is instructing employers to use the expired version until they release an updated form.The I-9 form is used to verify identity and employment authorization for people hired […]
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The DOL proposed changes to overtime pay and exemptions; it’s time to prepare.  The Department of Labor (DOL) finalized changes to overtime regulations—a move that will change the exempt status of millions of American workers, making them eligible for overtime pay.  Nextep is preparing clients for the planned changes leading up to the 2020 effective […]
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We have great news: Nextep is now SOC 1®, Type 2 certified! The SOC 1®, Type 2 report analyzes the controls that affect users’ financial reporting. We worked with UHY LLP (UHY) to complete the certification, proving that we continue to meet premiere industry standards. This certification speaks to the quality of the Nextep processes […]
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Here’s what it means for Oklahoma employers if the Unity Bill gets the green light in August.  Like the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), the Unity Bill, or House Bill 2612, prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants or employees solely based on having a medical marijuana license or a positive drug screen. However, the new […]
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Medical Marijuana is Legal in Oklahoma. Here’s What That Means to You as an Employer. The people of Oklahoma recently voted to legalize medicinal use of marijuana under State Question 788. While some groups are riding high on victory, the new law leaves many employers scratching their heads, asking questions such as: What will this […]
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Marijuana is currently legal for recreational use in four states and allowed for medical use in several more. Weeding through the various marijuana state laws and how they interact with workplace policies can be difficult, but a Colorado Supreme Court ruling recently made it a lot more blunt. Although workplace policies generally must follow federal, […]
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