California Enacting Electronic Filing Requirement for All Employers

The state legislature has passed AB 1245, a bill that requires California employers of 10 or more employees to submit quarterly payroll tax returns and pay the associated payroll taxes electronically over the California Employment Development Department website starting in 2017. The bill also requires all employers to file and pay electronically effective January 1, 2018. The bill awaits the governor signature and he is expected to sign it.

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WHD Gives Interpretation of “Who is an Independent Contractor”

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor has issued an Administrator’s Interpretation 2015-1: The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “Suffer or Permit” Standard in the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors. This Interpretation explains in greater detail how the WHD would use the “Suffer or Permit to Work” standard in identifying employees who are misclassified as independent contractors. In addition, the WHD has discussed the same subject on its July 15, 2015 blog in less legalese but still illuminating.


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Child Support Lump Sum Reporting and Terminations Can Now be Done Electronically

Reporting lump-sum payments for child support used to be done online through what was called Debt Inquiry Service. Now using the Employer’s Services Web Application employers can report lump-sums and terminations to states quickly and efficiently. Debt Inquiry Service is now known as Lump-Sum Reporting. eTerm allows employers to report termination to participating states electronically. eTerm can also be used to respond to income withholding orders received for individuals who no longer or never worked for your company. This takes the place of completing page 3 of the IWO and sending it to the child support agency. Employers using e-IWO can do both processes through the e-IWO system. For more info about lump sum reporting or eTerm or to schedule a demonstration contact OCSE Employer Services at


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