Regulations

Congress Approves Budget Renewing WOTC for 2020

In the twilight amidst another government shutdown, Congress has signed and passed the budget for 2020. Amongst some of the provisions are an extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program through December 31, 2020. With the WOTC program renewed December 31, 2020, employers will be able to administer the program and earn up…

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IRS Issues WOTC Directive on When to Apply a Certification

2 minute read: The IRS has issued a new directive that should make it easier for employers administering the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program to receive tax credits in the year employer certifications are issued. The issuance of WOTC certifications by State Workforce Agencies are often delayed and employers sometimes don’t receive them until…

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Hiring People with Disabilities Can Make a Difference

Hiring People with Disabilities Can Make a Difference

July 26 was the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but even after all this time, employers are still having difficulty meeting the requirements of the law. For example, take the recently settled disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against multination retail giant…

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2018 WOTC Statistics Demonstrate Benefits to Employers

2018 WOTC Statistics Demonstrate Benefits to Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued statistics for 2018 that highlight how much employers can benefit from participating in the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. According to the DOL, employers in 2018 obtained 2.2 million WOTC certifications. This represents billions of dollars in federal tax credits. Employers particularly benefited from hiring…

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Legislation Proposes Extending WOTC 

Legislation Proposes Extending WOTC

Congress is considering bills that would again extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) through December 31, 2020. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering bill H.R. 3301, which extends several expired or expiring tax breaks through 2020, including WOTC. U.S. Senate bill S. 978 and House bill H.R. 2213. also have been introduced in…

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Workplace Enhancements for Improving Productivity

Workplace Enhancements for Improving Productivity

Your once inspired company is suddenly stuck in a non-stop lag, where employees’ productivity is at an all-time low. How does it happen? It could be the result of several factors. Perhaps employees have individual situations outside of work that are bleeding into their work hours or the monotony of the job has made them…

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Increase Your WOTC Certifications with A Two-Step Process

Increase Your WOTC Certifications with A Two-Step Process

The use of an online screening portal for federal Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) certifications is becoming more common. The process is fast and convenient. However, if organizations really want to maximize their WOTC certifications, they will want to incorporate a personalized screening experience for their candidates in addition to an online screening portal. It’s…

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Florida Launches Revamped Online WOTC Portal

Florida Launches Revamped Online WOTC Portal

The launch of a revamped online platform by the state of Florida is making it easier for employers to obtain tax credits through the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Employers can earn up to $9,600 per qualified hire through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. The revamped online platform posed a challenge for the…

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Organizations Should Prepare for I-9 Enforcement

Organizations Should Prepare for I-9 Enforcement

If your organization isn’t keeping I-9 records for all of your active workforce, you may have a problem if the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes to audit your organization. The likelihood of an audit has increased with the renewed emphasis on worksite enforcement by ICE as part of the continued focus on immigration…

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EEOC Settlement Sets Precedent for Service Dog Use in Workplace

Chalk one up for man’s best friend and military veterans. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit with a North American trucking company in what is a groundbreaking precedent for the use of service dogs and other emotional support animals on the job by persons with emotional disabilities.…

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