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CA Company Fined $605K for I-9 Violations: What Happened?

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

On July 8th, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ordered a Richmond, California-based event and production company to pay $605,250 for I-9 paperwork violations, marking the largest fine to date awarded by an ALJ for I-9 paperwork violations.

If you find that surprising, keep in mind that fines for I-9 violations awarded by other (non-ALJ) authorities have been even greater. Record-setting cases include the $34 million decision against Infosys in 2013, and a $1+ million settlement in 2010 with Abercrombie & Fitch involving their I-9 technology deficiencies.

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Topics: I-9

State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Health Shows Improvement

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Tue, Jul 07, 2015

Until recently, ten different states (plus the Virgin Islands) were carrying UI loan balances from the Federal Unemployment Account (FUA). So far this year, four of those states have been able to successfully pay off their debt and continue on towards unemployment insurance trust fund health.

Employers in Arizona, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island will be pleased to know that there is financial relief in sight for their elevating employment tax costs.

With the remaining list of FUA debtor states nearly halved, prospects are good for the state of the nation's unemployment insurance system.

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Topics: Unemployment Insurance

Relief for Arizona Employers: End of Unemployment Insurance Debt

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Great news for Arizona employers: the state has finally crawled out from under the federal unemployment insurance debt amassed during the recent financial crisis and is on its way to restoring a healthy reserve fund for the next economic emergency. 

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Topics: Arizona, Unemployment Insurance

North Carolina Pays $2.5 Billion Loan, Proves They Are Biz-Friendly

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Tue, Jun 02, 2015

Earlier this month, the state of North Carolina successfully followed through on its plan to pay off Federal Unemployment Account (FUA) debt to the United States government. As recently as January 2013, North Carolina's FUA debt stood at $2.5 billion dollars.

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Topics: North Carolina, FUTA, Unemployment Insurance

I-9 Compliance: Remote Workforce? Be Careful Signing Section 2

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Tue, Apr 07, 2015

A recent decision on Form I-9 violations has serious implications for employers with off-site workers. On January 20, 2015, Judge Ellen Thomas of the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued a decision on an appeal filed by Employer Solutions Staffing Group II, LLC (EESG). View the decision here. ESSG is an HR and Payroll service organization in Minnesota. OCAHO is a division of the Executive Office of Immigration Review in the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Topics: I-9

Transition Relief on WOTC Credits: Act Now, Window Closes April 30th

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Thu, Mar 19, 2015

Great news for employers!

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Topics: hiring credit, WOTC

CMS Expands Medicare Provider Disqualifications in Healthcare Industry

Posted by Guest Poster on Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Editor's note: This is a guest article from subject matter expert Noelle Harling of Frasco Profiles, Emptech's Background Check partner. 

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Topics: compliance

How to Handle "Type F" Reorganizations After Corporate Changes

Posted by Gail Walkenhorst on Mon, Mar 09, 2015

Has your company undergone a recent name change? Has your legal name remained effectively the same but you are now operating as ABC, LLC instead of ABC, Inc.? From an employment tax reporting perspective, these relatively "superficial" changes are, in fact, considered formal "Type F" Reorganizations, as classified in the IRC and require special treatment and reporting.

Type F events are so relatively insignificant (compared to other types of reorganization) that their associated reporting requirements are often not fully completed. With that in mind, here's a closer look at post-Type F compliance.

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Topics: Federal, compliance, state workforce agencies

WOTC Retroactively Authorized Through End of 2014

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Important! There was an important update to WOTC credit eligibility since this blog was published. Please refer to this newer blog post for time-sensitive tax credit information.


The WOTC Credit Program, allowed to lapse for nearly all of 2014, was retroactively reinstated in late December.

Many employers know by now that a lapse in the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program should not deter them from making strategic hiring decisions and submitting timely WOTC certification requests.

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Topics: hiring credit, WOTC

Final 2014 FUTA Credit Reduction States Update from DOL

Posted by Kirsten Meyer on Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a list of final FUTA credit reduction states for the 2014 tax year (available here). The number of states subject to FUTA credit reduction continues to decline, with just ten states impacted for 2014. In 2013, thirteen states were ultimately subject to FUTA credit reduction. For the 2012 tax year, it was nineteen states.

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Topics: Federal, FUTA

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