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DOL RELEASES FINAL RULE CLARIFYING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR TEST

On January 6, 2021 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule clarifying the definition of independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule is set to become effective on March 8, 2021. “This rule brings long-needed clarity for American workers and employers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene […]

PAYROLL TAXES FOR 2021

The following information is provided to assist employers in understanding their employment and payroll tax obligations for 2021. Nevada Association of Employers (NAE) encourages employers to consult with their tax advisor for advice on implementing these tax obligations. Unemployment Insurance Effective January 1, 2021, the Nevada taxable wage base for calendar year 2021 is $33,400 […]

IRS ANNOUNCES 2021 STANDARD MILEAGE RATE

On December 22, 2020, the IRS released it’s annual optional standard mileage rate for 2021. The optional standard mileage rate is used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2021, the optional standard mileage rates are: 56 cents per mile driven for business […]

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW COVID-19 MITIGATION DIRECTIVES

In the midst of record COVID-19 cases in Nevada, Governor Steve Sisolak has announced new mitigation directives that will affect businesses statewide. Calling for a statewide “pause,” Governor Sisolak issued new capacity restrictions for certain business, as well as implementing a new mandatory mask mandate. The new restrictions are set to go into effect at […]

DOL ISSUES REVISIONS TO REGULATIONS ON PAID LEAVE UNDER FFCRA

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revisions to the regulations on paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The revisions address the issues in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s decision on August 3, 2020, which found […]

PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS FACE NEW REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO COVID-19

While many are familiar with the liability protections for businesses that came from Senate Bill 4 (SB4), it also implemented new requirements for public accommodations to limit the transmission of COVID-19 among employees and guests. Those provisions include implementation of a written response plan, which includes procedures for sanitization and handwashing, screening and social distancing, […]

IRS ISSUES GUIDANCE ON PAYROLL TAX DEFERRAL

As we previously advised, on August 8th President Trump signed an Executive Order authorizing the deferral of certain payroll taxes for September 1 through December 31, 2020. Specifically, the Executive Order authorizes, but does not require employers to suspend the withholding and payment of the employee portion of Social Security taxes. President Trump has said […]

DOL UPDATES FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT FAQs

On August 27, 2020, the Department of Labor issued several updates to their “Frequently Asked Questions” concerning the application and enforcement of mandatory leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). With school starting, the timing of the updates proved very useful as the DOL sought to address questions surrounding the entitlement of leave […]

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