Month: April 2018

Tip Pooling is now Allowed

The rules around tip pooling have been mired in litigation since 2011, when regulations came into effect that forbid tip pooling between employees who customarily receive tips and those who do not. The recently passed federal budget bill has created clarity by amending the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and eliminating that rule for employers …

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New Oregon Statewide Transit Tax

The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2017, which included a new statewide transit tax. Starting July 1, 2018, employers must start withholding the tax in the amount of one-tenth of one percent (0.001) from: Wages of Oregon residents (regardless of where the work is performed) Wages of nonresidents who perform services in Oregon This …

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Property Service Contractors – change in the law

In January of 2018, significant new laws affecting cleaning services in Oregon went into effect.  Property Services contractors are required to obtain a labor contractor license from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).  Initially, BOLI was also requiring all property services contractors to submit weekly certified payroll reports.  As of March 12, 2018, …

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2018 Changes to Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by the President on December 22, 2017 made changes to Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits that effect employers and employees. Employers can no longer deduct the expenses for providing tax-free qualified transportation fringe benefits to employees, unless the employer treats the transportation fringe benefit as taxable W-2 …

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