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In this area you will find articles unique the legal and compliance challenges companies face today. Learn methods of prevention, risk management and safety for your business.
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"Notorious Nine" mistakes by employers in dealing with the EEOC

Everybody on the employer side likes to pick on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the temptation is even greater now that its chair has taken such an aggressive stance on issues like pre-employment credit and background checks. However, employers occasionally shoot themselves in the foot (feet?) with the agency by making mistakes that only compound their problems.

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7 Costly Legal Myths in Contractor Workforce Management

Businesses across the country are continuing to cut costs by replacing employees with independent contractors to save costs. Some savings are certain - employers don’t pay employment taxes to the IRS or employee benefits to their workers. However, many hidden costs can reduce these savings or even erase them entirely. This article focuses on seven legal myths, which can mislead businesses to believe they are saving costs by blinding them to costly legal risks when they hire workers as independent contractors

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But I Signed An Independent Contractor Agreement

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Weighs In On Workforce Classification Under California Law

Every time I review an independent contractor agreement I find myself humming George and Ira Gershwin’s song, It Ain’t Necessarily So from Porgy and Bess. In California, at least, such agreements do not prove that a worker is an independent contractor.

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Complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in Four Easy Steps

Quick summary:

Under the federal Fair  Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), an employer has legal responsibilities regarding adverse action notices where a consumer report, in whole or in part results in an employer making a determination that they intend to take an adverse action  in regards to employment, such as not hiring a person, or not retaining, not reassigning or not promoting.  The required notices must include:

 

Read more: Complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in Four Easy Steps

Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee? Still Confused?

IRS Contractor It is critical that you, the business owner, correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Generally, you must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. You do not generally have to withhold or pay any taxes on payments to independent contractors.

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