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IRS Increases Annual Retirement Contribution Limits for 2023
On October 21st, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced increases for 2023 contribution limits on pension and retirement plans. Read more about the specific increases on the IRS’s website here.
Federal Labor Law Poster Mandatory Update
On October 19th, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a new required federal labor law poster. The new “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” poster replaced the existing “EEO is the Law” poster. This poster is mandatory for all covered organizations to post at all locations. See more about the poster on the EEOC’s website here.
If you are a member that is currently on our poster renewal service, your new federal posters are scheduled to ship out the week of November 14th. Reminder, the posters will come in an envelope and are now printed on new, high-tech, durable synthetic, and more environmentally friendly material.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your poster service OR if you would like to sign up to be on the poster update service. The update service ensures you are always in compliance with both your state and federal posters, especially as many state minimum wages will increase for 2023.
USCIS & ICE Update I-9 Guidelines
On October 11th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that employers should continue to use the current I-9 form after the indicated expiration date of Oct. 31, 2022 until further notice. See information on the USCIS’s website here.
Additionally, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also announced on October 11th that they will be extending I-9 flexibility until July 21, 2023. Read more on ICE’s website here.
CDC Relaxes COVID-19 Guidelines
On August 11th, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) updated their guidance for those individuals who are exposed to COVID-19, but not vaccinated/not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines consistent with those who are considered fully vaccinated. The highlighted guidelines include:
- Instead of quarantining if an individual is exposed to COVID-19 (despite their vaccination status), they should wear a mask around others for 10 days and test on day 5, if possible.
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and wear a mask around others for the following 5 days (if they are fever-free for 24 hours and/or have improvement in symptoms).
- Instead of recommending individuals stay 6-feet-apart from others, they should evaluate their environment and assess if physical distance between themself and others is necessary.
Read more from the CDC’s New Release HERE.
Michigan’s Court of Claims Ruling: Minimum Wage & Paid Medical Leave
The Michigan Court of Claims held on July 19, 2022, that the Michigan Constitution was violated in 2018 when legislation on minimum wage (Michigan Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act) and paid sick leave (Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act) were amended.
Unless overruled, this decision will increase the minimum wage to $12.00/hour and force certain employers to provide paid medical leave.
The court has granted a stay until February 2023. The EA will continue to keep you updated as additional information is communicated.
IRS Mid-Year Mileage Reimbursement Rate Increase
The IRS has announced an increase in their previously set 2022 optional standard mileage reimbursement rate for the remaining 6 months of the year.
Effective July 1st, 2022, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is now:
- 62.5 cents (previously 58.5 cents) per mile driven for business use
- 22 cents (previously 18 cents) per mile driven for medical, or moving purposes for qualified active-duty members of the Armed Forces
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations; the rate is set by statute and remains unchanged from 2021.