December 2021

 

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Bonuses: Overtime & Tax considerations for 2021

Some employers reward and recognize high performers with a bonus, especially during the holiday season. If you award bonuses, here are some overtime and tax rules to consider:

Holiday celebrations - small and large gatherings

CDC continues to recommend avoiding large events and gatherings. Here is an infographic with helpful tips for enjoying holiday traditions while protecting your loved ones.

New minimum wages for 2022

More than 20 states and 30 local minimum wage rates are scheduled to increase on January 1, 2022. Below is a summary of these changes and guidelines to help you comply with your minimum wage requirements.

Vaccine mandate for federal contractors delayed

President Biden has announced that federal contractors and subcontractors will have until January 18, 2022 to ensure that all covered employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Federal vaccine mandate issued for certain healthcare providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an emergency rule that requires COVID-19 vaccination for workers at healthcare facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Dept. of Labor issues final rule implementing minimum wage increase for federal contractors

The Biden administration has announced its Final Rule directing federal contractors to pay their workers a $15 minimum wage starting next year.

The Final Rule, effective January 30, 2022, establishes standards and procedures for implementing and enforcing the minimum wage protections of Executive Order 14026 (Order). Additionally, it sets forth an anti-retaliation provision, a prohibition against waiver of rights, and a severability clause. Finally, the Final Rule specifies procedures related to complaint intake, investigations, remedies, and administrative enforcement proceedings.

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