They share any information that’s available concerning our business or things that might affect our business. And I think they also are very effective in helping you understand why you need to look at things differently if you’re not looking at them the right way.
- Tanya Henry, Executive Director, Milwaukee Careers Cooperative


We are constantly on the alert for all the latest industry news, legislative updates, trends and more that could possibly impact your staffing business. Our president and CEO, Julie Ann Blazei, also shares her insights on the staffing industry in her message (link below). And when we don’t see information about a topic we feel is critical for you to know, we create it ourselves to share in our monthly email.

Press Room

In the last year, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stepped up enforcement efforts on employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors. In fact, the DOL has implemented The Misclassification Initiative and has been working in conjunction with the IRS to share information in what they describe as an effort “to reduce the incidence of misclassification of employees, to help reduce the tax gap, and to improve compliance with federal labor laws.”

For small business owners, it can be a challenge to know how to structure your business to get the most benefit out of tax laws, limit your personal liability, yet have the flexibility you need to be able to expand your business through other investors.

Small business owners typically turn to one of two options: S-Corporations or LLCs.

Even though the US Government delayed the Affordable Care Act employer mandate by one year, there is still an important deadline coming up within the next couple of weeks. The Notice of Exchange (NOE) requirement goes into effect on October 1, 2013. The NOE requirement applies to all employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act, and OSHA will be monitoring compliance. 



Legislative Updates

21 States will be added to the FUTA credit reduction list due to failure to pay back on loans from the federal government to continue paying unemployment benefits.  After a state has had an outstanding Title XII loan balance for two consecutive years on January 1, employers in that state face a 0.30% reduction in the FUTA credit if the loan is not paid back by November 10 of that same year.

The U.S. Department of Labor has notified the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the California Employment Development Department that California is now a credit reduction state as a result of its outstanding loan balances. Per the IRS website:

On August 15, 2011 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced E-Verify Self Check is now available in a Spanish-Language version and now accessible to residents in 16 additional states. E-Verify Self Check is a voluntary, fast, free and secure online service that allows U.S. workers to check their employment eligibility and/or data inaccuracies. Now available in 21 states and USCIS will continue to evaluate and improve the Self Check service, which intends to expand nationwide by spring 2012.