Even the USCIS Has Widgets and Webinars!

It appears everybody is getting into the widget and webinars craze even the USCIS! The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released two new tools for employers.  The Department has released a downloadable Form I-9 Desktop Widget that allows employers to automatically launch the Form I-9 from their desktop at any time.   The Form I-9 Desktop Widget benefits include:

  • Quick access to the current version of the Form I-9
  • Quick access to learn about E-Verify
  • Quick Access to Form I-9 and E-Verify free webinars schedule

The widget is available on the USCIS website.

The Department is also offering it’s first Form I-9 Webinar on Demand.  Now you can watch the free Form I-9 webinar at any time. Choose the chapters of your choice or watch the entire 22 minute video in one sitting.  You will see how to complete Sections 1, 2 and 3, best practices and much more.  It is a great training tool.

The video is available on the USCIS website

Minimum Wage Is on the Move!

The minimum wage, whether federal or state, is one of those items that is basic to payroll.  Right now it is really on the move and heading upwards! Some of the upward mobility is due to previous legislation kicking in for 2015 while others are leaving it up to the voters in the November elections.  A few of the increases due to previous legislation include Montana going to $8.05 per hour and Connecticut increasing to $9.00 per hour. Both are effective January 1.  New York will increase to $8.75 on December 31, 2014.

Just a reminder at least 11 states tie their minimum wage to the consumer price index including Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey Ohio and Washington.  These states will be announcing their rates for 2015 sometime in October or November.

Still other states are putting the matter to the voters on whether or not to increase the minimum wage.  States voting this November 4th to increase the minimum wage include Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Payroll is becoming political and payroll professionals need to watch elections closely to ensure compliance.

 

SUI 2015 Wage Base/Rates Updates

As I promised, I will be providing the 2015 state unemployment insurance (SUI) updates as I get them each week.  I am going to try to do it at least once or twice a week as year end gets closer.  So for this time around we have the following to report:

Colorado:  The wage base will increase to $11,800.  This is up from $11,700.  but the rates are expected to range from 0.78% to 10.20% which is actually down a bit from 2014.  The rate schedule will be finalized later this month and the tax rate notices will be mailed to employers in November.

Minnesota:  The taxable wage base will be $30,000 for 2015.  This is up $1,000 from the 2014 base of $29,000.

 

New 2015 Taxable Wage Bases

Well it is that time of year again.  Time for the states to begin announcing their state unemployment insurance taxable wage bases.  As they come in we will group them together into different single blogs.  This time we have Vermont and Washington.  The taxable wage base for Vermont will be $16,400.  This is an increase of $400 over the 2014 base of $16,000.  Washington will have a taxable wage base of $42,100.  This is up $800 from the 2014 wage base of $41,300.