KardasLarson, LLC is comprised of Human Resource professionals with diverse talents and expertise who offer creative and common sense solutions that are customized to fit the organization's culture and size to enhance results. Many human resource services are available: consultative, project, outsource or temporary-onsite basis; serve as part-time Human Resource person; or as a strategic Human Resource consultant. Experiences range across all industries with a strong concentration in non profits, municipalities, and small to medium size businesses. We take pride in building lasting relationships with our customers by understanding their business and organization's culture, focusing on the identification and elimination of their obstacles and providing cost-effective solutions.
The Minimum Wage in Connecticut will increase from its present $8.25 per hour to $8.70 per hour on January 1, 2014, and to $9 per hour effective January 1, 2015. Some businesses were exempt from this latest increase.
Effective October 1, 2013, new regulations with respect to how employees access their personnel files go into effect. Among the highlights, employers have seven (7) business days to allow a current employee to inspect and/or copy their file, and ten (10) business days for a former employee within one year of leaving the company, to do the same. Additional new regulations with regard to statements and termination documentation.
KardasLarson is ready to help our clients be compliant with these new Connecticut regulations.
On July 3, the Obama Administration has postponed the employer mandate to provide health insurance and the insurer reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"). The employer mandate and the insurer reporting requirements - which were scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2014 - will now be delayed until 2015. Formal guidance describing the delay is expected to be published by July 9, 2013.
Certain federal law restrictions and requirements excluding same-sex marriages were overturned in a landmark case regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This ruling will have much impact on a number of federal laws like ERISA, and how the IRS treats certain tax provisions which are favorable to spouses - now for same sex marriages in those states which observe same sex marriage.
The Court decided in Vance v. Ball State University that for purposes of workplace harassment a "supervisor is only someone empowered to take tangible employment actions against the victim", for example to hire, fire, promote, etc. This case reduces employer's liability exposure since the numbers of supervisors have been reduced to meet these specific guidelines outlined by the court. This is also important since this limits the definition of a supervisor, contrary to the US Court of Appeals for the Second District - of which Connecticut is a part of.
A new I-9 Form was released by the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) on March 8, 2013. Employers should make themselves familiar with this new form, and its requirements. Effective May 7, 2013 employers must use the new form. Additionally, government agencies have been conducting many more I-9 audits, resulting in fines to employers of thousands of dollars. KardasLarson is available to help organizations maneuver through the challenging landscape of Immigration Verification Compliance, including conducting I-9 audits to mitigate organizational risk.
Both federal and state governments have increased their staffs to investigate and audit organizations for FLSA/wage and hour, immigration, FMLA, and other regulatory compliance requirements resulting in large fines. KardasLarson provides comprehensive HR Compliance audits for organizations to ensure compliance and best practices, as well as reduce the possibilities of large fines against employers.
Are you required to file the annual EEO-1 report for your organization? Let KardasLarson answer this for you, and help you with this important compliance filing.
All new employees must receive this notice within 14 days from date of hire. As an employer, are you aware and ready to comply with these requirements? Let KardasLarson answer this for you, and help you with this important regulation.
KardasLarson ensures their clients are informed of these new laws and initiatives, and helps clients prepare for and implement approaches and policies ensuring they are compliant.