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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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Washington Paid Sick Leave law

Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Washington will be required to provide most of their employees with sick leave. Accrual Most employees must accrue paid sick leave at a minimum rate of one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. This includes part-time and seasonal workers. Paid sick leave must be paid …

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All about Form I-9

What is it? Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) requirements stem from the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. This act prohibits employers from hiring and employing an individual for employment in the U.S. knowing that the individual is not authorized with respect to such employment. Employers are also prohibited from continuing to employ an …

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Rollout of “Oregon Saves” begins

Oregon Saves is a new state-sponsored program that provides a vehicle for employees to save for retirement. This program applies to all employers who don’t already offer a retirement plan to their employees. Eligible employers will need to implement on the following timeline: more than 100 employees: enroll in October 2017, start participating November 15th, …

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Washington Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Washington State is $11.00 per hour in 2017.  This minimum wage applies to all jobs, including agriculture. Employers must pay employees age 16 and older at least $11.00 per hour in 2017. Employers are allowed to pay 85% of the minimum wage to employees under age 16. For 2017, this equates …

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