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Is it legal to Cut an Employee’s Pay and Hours Because of COVID-19?

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Throughout the past few weeks the coronavirus has left the world empty and desolate. With lockdown measures and social distancing orders in place, people refrain from going to restaurants, communicating in-person, and going to work. As the nation adjusts to this austere new lifestyle, consumerism has slowed down immensely. Consumers are only buying the essentials, which means they aren’t spending like they used to. Of course, when people aren’t spending money, businesses don’t make money. Therefore, many business owners have had to make tough decisions to stay afloat.

To protect their businesses from the coronavirus, many business owners have adjusted employee hours and pay to save costs. In addition to that, some employers recently laid off and terminated employees. This is the unfortunate new reality that both employees and employers must face.

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How to Protect and Prepare Your Business From the Coronavirus

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Now spread outside of China, the coronavirus takes its toll worldwide. Along with South Korea, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, France, and Germany, the United States has now confirmed signs of this deadly disease in its own home. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of March 2nd, there are 6 confirmed deaths in the US; however, in its current state, experts say that there will be a huge outbreak soon. This relentless virus brings a lot of chaos and bewilderment to many US citizens, and leaves many wondering what they can do to protect themselves. Citizens everywhere are stocking up on bleach, face masks, gloves, and disinfectant products. People worldwide are doing what they can to prevent the virus from entering their own homes and businesses.

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Is it Legal to Work Through Lunch In California?

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California meal period laws can be confusing to many, especially when they are changing every year. Employees used to take meal breaks after 6 hours, but that has since changed to 5 hours after Labor Code Section 512 passed. In addition to Labor Code Section 512, California cities also have their own regulations. With multiple laws in place, it’s incredibly important that employers speak with their local labor boards. This will help ensure that employees are following meal break laws correctly. If employers don’t comply with laws, they may receive penalties and might have to pay employees back in the future.

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Does the New 2020 Form W-4 Affect Employees and Employers?

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There have been a lot of changes in 2020 in regards to the US overtime policy salary history bans in Ohio, New York, and New Jersey, and the federal mileage rate. In addition to that, the IRS recently changed Form W-4 for employees and employers starting in 2020. This change leaves employees and employers wondering what they need to do moving forward. Luckily, most people don’t have to worry about changes; however, if you’re thinking about getting a new job or hiring new employees in 2020, you’ll want to acquaint yourself with the new Form W-4. 

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Important Employer Tax Filing Dates 2020

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* As of March 21st, 2020, The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service extended the federal income tax filing due date from April 15, 2020, to July, 15, 2020.

Taxes are difficult for a lot of people, and it’s even tougher when you own a company. Not only do business owners have to track expenses for taxes and other tax deductions, but they must also fill out multiple forms throughout the year for tax filing purposes. With many forms and deadlines, it is difficult to remember when certain IRS forms are due. We don’t want you to stress, so we’ve mapped out all of the important dates so that you know exactly what to do and when to do it. 

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