DOL Independent Contractor Rule

Worker classification directly impacts employee eligibility for benefits, legal protections (such as minimum wage and overtime rights) and taxation. Employee misclassification is a growing concern for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). While several tests exist to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, the DOL uses the economic reality test…

2023 State Minimum Wage Rates

The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. However, several states have adopted minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate. When both the state rate and the federal rate apply, employers must pay their employees the higher rate. The following states have announced new minimum wage rates for 2023: Alaska Arizona California…

DHS Extends Form I-9 Flexibilities

On October 11th, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it is extending updated flexibilities for Form I-9 due to the continued safety precautions related to COVID-19 until July 31st, 2023. Background Federal law requires every employer that recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the United States…