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COVID-19 MN Update (Mpls & Duluth)

Minneapolis, Minnesota, Provides Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and COVID-19 The City of Minneapolis issued a frequently asked questions guide (FAQs) regarding the application of Minneapolis’ Sick and Safe Time Ordinance to absences related to COVID-19. The FAQs clarify that an employee may use accrued sick and safe leave for absences related to: Testing; Care

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Note:  These provisions may still be impacted based on state law and employers should watch for updates from the Department of Labor. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020, and generally requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide a certain amount of paid sick and

Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership – Seminars in April

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: Minnesota Department of Revenue Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry United States Department of Labor Minnesota

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 Know: Grace period for using the prior version of Form I-9 through April

Minnesota Wage and Hour Record-keeping Requirements

Minnesota employers are required to keep certain records about each employee. The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) can demand and inspect these documents at any time to ensure compliance with Minnesota law. Information employers must record and keep for each employee Name, address and occupation. Rate(s) of pay and the amount paid each pay

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, and team-building? Or are they a waste of time and a cause of needless

Job-Protected Leave Under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA)

This law temporarily expands the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) to eligible employees for “a qualifying need related to a public health emergency.”  This temporary expansion of FMLA is effective April 2, 2020, and expires December 31, 2020. Previously, employees were authorized to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave under

IRS Update: Tax Withholding Estimator, Lock-In Letters & 2020 W4

IRS Offers Guidance on Lock-In Letters The IRS updated its Withholding Compliance Questions & Answers page to offer guidance on how to handle lock-in letters with the new Form W-4. Understanding the 2020 Form W – 4 and How to Use it to Calculate Withholding IRS webinar On-Demand Topics covered: the reason for new a design of the