workers rights

Colorado landscaper penalized for violating H-2B workers’ rights

01.23.2018
|
Comments off
|

Many green industry companies rely on H-2B visas to hire seasonal workers from outside the U.S. H-2B workers are  covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the H-2B program imposes additional requirements on employers, such as providing records, paying certain expenses, and posting legal notices about worker rights.

As one Colorado landscaper recently discovered, violating H-2B workers’ rights can be financially devastating. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently shared the outcome of their investigation of Parkside Landscaping, Inc., a Denver-area business. Parkside failed to pay the prevailing wage specified in […]

New Minneapolis minimum wage law now in effect

01.9.2018
|
Comments off
|

If your employees work in the City of Minneapolis, even infrequently, you may need to comply with the City’s new minimum-wage ordinance. Effective January 1st, 2018, the ordinance will incrementally raise the minimum wage until it reaches $15.

Does my business have to comply?

Yes, if your employees work in Minneapolis for at least 2 hours/week during any calendar week (not during every calendar week). A calendar week is defined as Monday-Sunday. But take note:

You have to pay the minimum wage for time worked within the City when the employee meets the conditions […]

Statewide minimum wage increase

11.20.2017
|
Comments off
|

Minnesota employers take note: Minimum wage will increase statewide as of January 1, 2018. There are two rates: a large-business rate and a small-business rate. If your annual gross revenue (not net revenue) is $500,000 or more, you’ll need to pay the large-business rate of $9.65/hr. If your annual gross revenue is lower, you’ll need to pay the small-business rate of $7.87/hr.

State law requires employers to display a minimum-wage poster in their workplace. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has an updated poster available for […]

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Worker Classification Rules

10.5.2017
|
Comments off
|

Many businesses try to hire “independent contractors” by issuing IRS Form 1099 and signing independent-contractor agreements. Unfortunately, these steps don’t guarantee that workers are legitimate subcontractors or independent contractors. Instead, federal and state guidelines generally focus on the worker’s job duties in order to determine the appropriate classification.

Each state can create additional rules and regulations pertaining to worker classification. Check with your state labor department for clarification on state-specific rules. However, the federal government’s guidelines, described below, generally provide enough clarity to determine proper worker classification.

Federal guidelines 1: IRS

The IRS […]