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The New Form I-9 Is Here. Is Your Business In Compliance with I-9 Requirements?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just released an updated Form I-9.  Although you aren't required to use the new version until May 1, 2020, employers should start using it now and take steps to come into compliance with the new Form I-9 rules. Read more

Got California Consumers, Employees, or Job Applicants?

California never makes it easy...and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is no exception.   If you are a for-profit entity that does business in CA (repeated transactions with CA consumers) then you need to know whether the CCPAprivacy notice and security requirements apply to your business.The CCPA is averybroad privacy law (similar to Europe's GDPR) which became effective January 1, 2020. Read more

Got Sexual Harassment Prevention Training?

On January 24, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its statistics showing the number of sexual harassment claims and settlements in 2019. Full details can be viewed here. Read more

New in 2020: Affordable Care Act Reporting Relief for 2019- This Is Not Simple!

As employers head into the 2020 tax-filing season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing new reporting guidance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  On December 2, 2019, the IRS issued Notice 2019-63.  In general, this guidance provides welcome relief for employers. However, because the IRS has been more aggressive recently in assessing ACA-related penalties, employers may want to take particular care to properly prepare all forms and timely file them with the IRS.  Read more

The New Form W-4 Is Here

On December 5, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the final redesigned 2020 Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Certificate, to incorporate changes pursuant to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The new form is intended to reduce the complexity and increase the transparency and accuracy of the withholding system.  If you're like most employers, you probably have questions.  Read more

Happy New Year! New Laws In Effect for 2020

While some rang in the new year by toasting champagne and making resolutions, employers are scrambling to ensure that they are in compliance with the dozens of federal and state laws that went into effect on January 1, 2020.  Here are some of the most noteworthy: Read more

Whack-a-Mole Here We Go: 7th Circuit Okays Plaintiff Filing Separate FDCPA Lawsuits for Each Tradeline Defendant Failed to Mark Disputed

Settle one lawsuit, a new one pops up.  But what if it's the same plaintiff alleging the same violation twice in a row against the same defendant debt collector? 

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'Robocall Bill' Awaits President's Signature After House and Senate Voted 'Yes' on Amended Pallon-Thume TRACED Act:

The so-called "robocall bill" has passed and awaits President's Trump signature.  The Pallon-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act was passed by the House on December 4 and the Senate on December 19.  Here's what you need to know:  Read more

ADA Reminder: Keep Talking! Woman Awarded 6-Figure Damages After Not Returning From Maternity Leave

Three years ago, Maria Alves had a baby boy.  Alves' employer, Boston University, fired her when she didn't return from maternity leave.    Boston University now owes Alves $144,000.00 in compensatory damages for lost wages and emotional distress, plus interest, attorney's fees, and costs.  Read more

Consumer Fair Credit Reporting Act Suits Are Soaring: The Sessions Firm Identified As Top Active Consumer Protection Defense Firm

As recently reported by Law360, lawsuits alleging violations of the FCRA have more than doubled in the last decade as privacy and accuracy concerns grow over the credit reports and background checks companies increasingly rely on. FCRA claims have long been attractive to the plaintiffs' bar, due in large part to the potential for statutory, actual, and punitive damages; plus, the FCRA calls for defendants to cover lawsuit costs and attorney fees.  Further, a heightened expectation of privacy in recent years has caused these claims to soar. Read more

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