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Federal and State Wage Increases

Federal and State Wage Increases

Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Increase The minimum wage for federal contractors will increase to $10.35 per hour as of January 1, 2018. The wage requirement applies to new and replacement contracts (solicited on or after January 1, 2015) with employers covered by the Service Contract Act or any employer who handles concessions and services in connection with federal property or lands. We recommend that employers review the pay rates of their employees and plan any changes necessary to comply with the rate...

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What Forms Need to Be Updated After a Name Change?

What Forms Need to Be Updated After a Name Change?

Does an I-9 form need to be updated when an employee has a name change? What about other forms? When an employee changes their legal name, you are not required to update their I-9. However, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recommends maintaining correct information on I-9s. You can easily update an employee’s I-9 by entering their new legal name in Box A of Section 3, and then sign, date and print your name on the final line. You can request documentation of the name change so you can...

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Is Serving Alcohol at the Holiday Party a Liability?

Is Serving Alcohol at the Holiday Party a Liability?

Is serving alcohol at the holiday party a liability? If so, what can we do to protect ourselves? Yes, alcohol can be a liability. Partygoers who overindulge could cause an accident at or after the party, or they might act in ways that violate your harassment policy. There are steps you can take to protect both yourself and your employees. Here are some practices you might consider: Ahead of Time Employers may be liable for employee misconduct and negligence when the employee is acting “in the course and scope...

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How Should We Respond to a Harassment Complaint?

How Should We Respond to a Harassment Complaint?

We received a complaint about harassment. How should we respond? When a company suspects that an employee has violated its harassment or discrimination policy, we always recommend conducting a complete (and well-documented) investigation into the allegations. This includes speaking with the employee who made the complaint, the accused employee, and any witnesses they name. The investigation generally includes a series of interviews conducted by an impartial manager, company officer, or Human Resources...

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Important Contact Information for Fires

Important Contact Information for Fires

With the sudden onset of major Southern California fires, including the devastating Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, we’ve prepared a list of important insurance company contacts for you. As always, Brown & Brown is available to assist you with filing any claims if necessary as well. If you have any questions about your personal lines policies, how to file a claim, or need fire preparedness/fire recovery resources, don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-350-6328. UPDATE: The...

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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Last year, nearly 27,000 charges of sexual harassment were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This number doesn’t include charges filed with state and local agencies or situations where employees went directly to an attorney, and many employees who are victims of sexual harassment or are affected by it never report the incidents at all. Victims and witnesses of harassment often refrain from reporting because the harasser has the power to retaliate or because the organization has not...

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