IRS Increases Mileage Rate

On June 23, 2008, the Internal Revenue Service announced an increase to the optional standard mileage rates. For the last half of 2008, the optional standard mileage rate will increase from 50.5 cents to 58.5 cents per mile. Taxpayers have the option of using the optional standard mileage rate to calculate deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes. …

Written By: Jake Stratton

Friday, July 4th

Offices will be closed July 4th. StaffScapes offices will be closed Friday, July 4th for the holiday.  Federal Reserves will also be cloased on July 4th.  If your payroll falls on Friday, July 4th please let us know if you would like your pay date to change to Thursday, July 3rd or Monday, July 7th. Have a great holiday weekend. 

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Retroactive Corrections Do Not Always Avoid Liabilities

Recent court decision finds employer still liable despite corrective actions. In the recent lawsuit, Crawford v Carroll, the 11th Circuit Court found that an employer can not avoid liability by retroactively giving a pay raise. In the case an employee was denied a merit pay increase suffering an adverse employment action. The court held that even though the employer corrected the …

Written By: Jake Stratton

President signs Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

On May 21, 2008, President Bush signed a bill protecting personal genetic information from misuse by employers and insurance companies. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits employers from using genetic information when making decisions concerning hiring, firing, job placement or promotion. GINA protects job-seekers and employees covered by Title VII and some federal government employees. The new …

Written By: Jake Stratton

Summer Jobs & Child Labor

A little-noticed provision of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act increased child labor penalties under the Fair Labor Standards Act and added a significant penalty should an under-aged employee be seriously injured. Penalties for violations have been increased to a possible $11,000 and there is a new $50,000 potential penalty if there is a death or serious injury of any employee …

Written By: Jim Thibodeau

2008 National Health Insurer Report Card

The American Medical Association issued its first health insurance report card Monday. The AMA’s new National Health Insurer Report Card provides physicians and the public with an objective and reliable source of information on the timeliness, transparency and accuracy of claims processing by health insurance companies. Based on a random-sample pulled from more than 5 million electronically billed services, the …

Written By: Jim Thibodeau