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TIPS FOR A BUSINESS SUDDENLY HIT WITH AN IRS SS-8 REQUEST

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Office, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherman.com

The IRS Form SS-8 has been used for decades by the IRS and is often sent to a company when a disgruntled independent contractor complains to the IRS that he/she was really an employee (and was misclassified by the company).

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USCIS Releases New Form I-9

By Sara Zorich, SmithAmundsen, LLC, www.salawus.com

On July 17, 2017, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the release of a new version of the Form I-9, version 07/17/17 N.  This new version of the Form I-9 does not have sweeping substantive changes like the current form issued in November 2016. In fact, the changes are primarily re-naming and re-numbering.

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Paternity Leave Policies: Proceed With Caution

By Sidney Minter

For new parents, time at home to bond with their newborn child during the first few months after birth or adoption is very important. This small window is also important for fathers, as they did not have a chance to bond with the child during pregnancy. So if this time is critically important, why are fathers – on average – taking much less time off from work to bond with their newborn children than are mothers?     

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Paid Sick Leave:  Cook County FAQs and Final Rules for Chicago

By Sara Zorich and Steven Jados, SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com

As part of what is certain to be an evolving area of the law, the Staff of the Cook County Commission on Human Rights has issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the new Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (effective 7/1/17).  These FAQs (which may be updated from time to time), as well as the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Rules (“Rules”), are available for download from the Cook County Website.

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NCCI Again Proposes Lower IL WC Advisory Rates–Yawn!!!; National Safety Council Ranks Illinois as the Second-Safest State!! and more

By Eugene Keefe, Keefe Campbell Biery & Assoc., www.Keefe-law.com

Editor’s comment: Last week, the World of U.S. Workers’ Comp again noted NCCI always recommends reducing IL WC advisory rates. I have been doing this job and reporting to my readers for almost four decades, I don’t ever remember NCCI recommending anything but lower advisory WC insurance rates. As you can’t buy WC insurance at the NCCI advisory rates, the purpose and reporting of them always seems confusing to everyone.

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OSHA Delays Electronic Report Rule

By Matthew Horn, SmithAmundsen LLC, www.salawus.com

This morning OSHA issued a press release announcing that it would be delaying the compliance date for its rule requiring most employers to electronically submit their injury and illness data to OSHA. The press release proposes pushing the compliance date back four months, from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. We previously reported on the rule, its requirements, and its significant impact last year.

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