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DOL Increases Salary Exemption Thresholds

On April 23rd, the Department of Labor released their final rule, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees.” The new ruling establishes incremental changes to the standard salary level for exempt employees as well as for employees who fall under the “highly compensated” exemption. The first standard salary level increase is set to be effective July 1, 2024.

What are the new salary thresholds? See the Department of Labor’s website here for more information on the final rule as well as a helpful table that breaks down the increasing salary levels by date.

For the full ruling by the Department of Labor, click here.

EEOC Releases Final Rule on Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)

On April 15th, the EEOC issued their final regulations on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), providing additional information for employers. The final ruling goes into effect on June 18th, 2024.

For a summary of the final ruling by the EEOC, click here.

For the full ruling in the Federal Register, click here.

2023 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection Filing Window Open from 4/30/24 – 6/4/24

The EEOC has announced that the 2023 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection will open for filing on Tuesday, April 30th. The deadline to file the report is Tuesday, June 4th. The EEOC offers a helpful instructional booklet on filing here.

Who must file an EEO-1? If you are a private employer with 100 or more employees or a federal contractor with 50 or more employees. (Some exclusions apply. Visit the link below to read more on who is required to file on the EEOC’s website).

To read more details and to complete the EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection report, visit the EEOC’s website.

The CDC Updates COVID-19 Guidelines Under Respiratory Virus Guidance

On March 1st, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) updated its Respiratory Virus Guidance, which includes COVID-19. The updated guidelines set timelines for staying home when experiencing flu-like symptoms and/or having a fever.

The CDC defines various examples of when to stay home and away from others. Specifically, they state that if an individual has symptoms and/or a fever, they should stay home and away from others. They must be fever-free and notice improvement in symptoms for 24 hours before going back to normal activities with precautions.

For the full updated guidelines and specific examples from the CDC, please visit their website here.

FLSA Regulations on Classifying Employees and Independent Contractors Updated by DOL

On January 10th, the U.S. Department of Labor announced updates to classifying employees and independent contractors. The updates will go into effect on March 11, 2024. The updated regulations repeal the previous ruling that went into effect on January 7, 2021. The new multi-factor economic realities test uses the below 6 factors in determining employee status.

  • opportunity for profit or loss depending on managerial skill;
  • investments by the worker and the potential employer;
  • degree of permanence of the work relationship;
  • nature and degree of control;
  • extent to which the work performed is an integral part of the potential employer’s business; and
  • skill and initiative.

For more information on the final ruling, click here.

To review the DOL’s FAQ page on the updated regulation, click here.

IRS Sets Optional Standard Mileage Reimbursement Rates for 2024

The Internal Revenue Service announced yesterday the optional standard mileage reimbursement rates for 2024. Effective January 1st, 2024, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is now:

  • 67 cents per mile driven for business use, up 1.5 cents from the 2023 rate.
  • 21 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes for qualified active-duty members of the Armed Forces. This is a 1-cent decrease from 2023.
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations; the rate is set by statute and remains unchanged from 2023.

Click here to visit the IRS’s webpage for more information.

IRS Increases Annual Retirement Contribution Limits for 2024

On November 1st, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced increases for 2024 contribution limits on pension and retirement plans. Read more about specific increases on the IRS’s website here.

Ohio Minimum Wage to Increase in 2024

Ohio’s Minimum Wage will increase to $10.45 on January 1, 2024. The tipped employee hourly rate will also increase to $5.25. To read additional information on the 2024 increase from, click here.

Employers Must Use New I-9 Form as of November 1st

As a reminder, the new I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification form is the only acceptable form to use for the I-9 verification of employees as of November 1st. The new I-9 form was originally released by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on 8/1/23 and has an expiration date of 7/31/2026. Read more information on the USCIS website here.

What’s new about the form?

Click here to view the summary of form changes from the USCIS.

Michigan Minimum Wage to Increase in 2024

Michigan’s Minimum Wage will increase from $10.10 to $10.33 on January 1, 2024. The tipped employee hourly rate will also increase to $3.93. To read additional information on the 2024 increase from, click here.

The NLRB Updates Status for Joint Employers

On 10/26/2023, The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released their final ruling that updates the standards for joint employers. The new rule will go into effect on 2/26/2024. For the full article from the NLRB’s website, click here.


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