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The IRS has developed a form affidavit to confirm that an individual is a “qualified employee” under the new HIRE Act.

The Internal Revenue Service has developed a form (Form W-11) for use by employers to confirm that an employee is a qualified employee under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. While it is acceptable to use a similar statement, such alternate statement will only be acknowledged by the IRS if it contains the … Continue Reading

Newly signed “jobs bill” provides tax breaks to companies that hire unemployed workers.

On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, which contains more than $17 Billion in tax credits aimed to stimulate employment, and includes $20 Billion for highway and transit infrastructure programs. One of the most important provisions for businesses is a tax credit for hiring from the ranks … Continue Reading

Company violated federal law by accessing employee’s invitation-only MySpace chat group without authorization.

In an unpublished opinion, a federal district court in New Jersey has upheld a jury verdict in which a company was found liable for violating the federal Stored Communications Act (SCA). The violation occurred when the company’s managers intentionally accessed a “chat group” on an employee’s MySpace account without having received authorization from the MySpace … Continue Reading

Sarbanes-Oxley’s 90-day statute of limitations not triggered by conditional firing.

An employee alleging a violation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) must file a complaint within 90 days from the date of that alleged violation. That 90-day period begins to run from the date on which the complainant knows or reasonably should know that the complained-of act has occurred. In whistleblower cases under SOX, the 90-day … Continue Reading

Employer 2009 “to do” list

As you plan for 2009, every employer should take steps to address the amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations, and the anticipated passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The following is a suggested "to do" list.… Continue Reading