Does your company currently complete Washington State SUI quarterly wage reporting? If you answered "Yes!", then you need to know that, beginning with the Q4 reporting for 2022, employers will be required to include the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code for all employees reported on. The Washington State Legislature passed HB 2308 in 2019, which requires this information. Employers that do not include this information in reporting will be subject to the incomplete report penalty.
It's summer! And summer in the Pacific Northwest means sunshine, waters warm enough to raft in, cookouts with family and friends, hiking beautiful mountain trails, trips to the coast......and payroll changes. Wait what?! Well okay...thankfully that last one isn't an annual tradition. But unfortunately, employers in Oregon will have to reckon with some payroll changes that are just around the corner. Below is our round-up of things for Payroll Administrators to address before working on their tans.
There probably isn’t a person anywhere who can say the coronavirus pandemic has not in some way affected them. I think we are all a little - or, more realistically, a lot - tired of it. While we might wish we could bury our heads under our pillows and not come out until it’s over, employers and HR professionals alike know that this is not a realistic response. We must continue to keep up with all the latest news and required enforcements and to make decisions that will keep our employees, their families, our customers, and businesses as safe as possible. To help, we've compiled the following updates. Hopefully, some of the resources below will help make everyone's work life a little easier as we get through this together.
Did you survive year end and getting all those W2s into the waiting hands of your employees? If you answered "Yes!", then a big CONGRATULATIONS to you...and welcome to 2022! We have all hit the ground running and, believe it or not, we are well into February already. With April right around the corner, we thought now would be a good time to remind everyone about two new taxes that went into effect in Oregon and could require filing.
With a new year come many new changes and updates to payroll requirements. 2022 will be no exception, and with the new year quickly approaching, we've compiled the following extensive list of items that may initiate some payroll changes in your organization. We understand that this is a very long list to review, but we hope it provides a valuable reference guide for your organization. You might start thinking about these and act sooner than later.
On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was passed and signed into law by President Biden. There are several provisions in the law that could have an impact on employers and specifically on their employees' payrolls.
Earlier this week, we announced a change in our February HR webinar topic, which will now address the high-demand subject of COVID-19 Vaccinations and Your Workplace. If you or someone you know may benefit from current and critical information relating to the current legality of workplace vaccination mandates, ways to encourage rather than require vaccinations, employees’ rights to speak out against your policies, and much more, we invite you to attend our webinar.
Okay! It is time to mix things up a little in your day. Grab your cup of coffee, tea, water, or beverage of choice, and let’s play a game. This game is designed to test your knowledge of employee classification. It will only take a few minutes, and hopefully you will even learn a thing or two along the way. At the very least, it will be a good refresher.
In March of 2020, working from home became the new normal for many people. Organizations may not have been prepared for this new normal, but ready or not, the transition needed to be made. Some employers went with the Band-Aid approach of doing what they needed to do to get by temporarily, while others fully embraced the challenge and sought the potential long-term advantages that it offered to employer and employees alike. Most employers did not expect this new normal to last as long as it has, or for it to bring so many unforeseen challenges.
Are all employers required to have an employee handbook? If you answered "no" to this question, you are technically correct. There are no federal or state laws that specifically require companies to create and maintain employee handbooks. HOWEVER, we strongly suggest doing so since, regardless of your company's size, having an employee handbook is a good business practice. There are many laws requiring employers to notify employees of workplace rights (e.g. EEO, sexual harassment, ADA, FMLA), and this document can help with that. In fact, a well-crafted employee handbook helps protect both employer and employees. Following are five specific reasons why having a handbook might be a good idea for your organization.