Worker Shortages Tied to Hot Job Market, Returned W-2 Forms, and More

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Worker Shortage as U.S. Job Openings Hit Record High w2

A recent report released by Reuters has outlined the burden the robust job market has put on employers trying to fill open roles withing their organization. The report cites a January study where 25 percent of those surveyed indicated difficulty finding talent as their most significant overall business issue. Experts also caution that quit rates may continue to rise in 2019.

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What to Do with a Former Employee’s Returned W-2signature writing

In this new age of “employee ghosting”, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has outlined what an employer should do if they receive a returned W-2 form for a former employee. Under Federal Law, employers are required to provide employees with their prior year’s W-2 statement by Jan. 31st. SHRM recommends that if a former employees’s statement is returned as undeliverable, employers must show that a reasonable effort was made to fulfill their obligations, including keeping sealed, post-marked envelopes to prove these efforts. Failure to comply may result in substantial penalties imposed by the IRS.

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Unchecked Employee Gossip Can Mean Employer Liabilitysharing secrets

A recent court ruling in Virginia found that employers may be liable for employee claims of a hostile work environment based on workplace gossip and rumors of a sexual nature. The National Law Review encourages employers to consider teaching managers and human resources staff how to deal with complaints of harassment or discrimination, how to handle retaliatory conduct, and ways to appropriately address and stop rumors of sexual workplace relationships when they occur.

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New York City Legislation to Ban Hair-Based DiscriminationNYC and Statue of Liberty

New guidelines are to be released this week by the New York City Commission on Human Rights banning discrimination based on the style of an individual’s hair. In New York City, racial discrimination will now include the targeting of people based on hair texture or style at work, school, or in public spaces. The New York Times notes that failure to comply permits the city commission to impose up to $250,000 in fines.

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New Jersey: Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1, 2019piggy bank

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation raising New Jersey’s minimum wage for companies with 6 or more employees to $10 per hour effective July 1, 2019. The legislation also increases the minimum wage gradually over a five-year period from the current $8.85 per hour to $15 per hour by 2024.

For more details and a calendar of the minimum wage increases, please click here.


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