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Payroll and HR Professionals Beware: Phishing Schemes are now Trying to Lure You

The IRS recently issued an alert regarding e-mail phishing schemes unveiled this tax season that are designed to trick HR and payroll professionals into providing sensitive, personal information about employees. Unlike prior scams, the e-mails are no longer just designed to trick taxpayers into thinking the IRS is attempting to contact them for personal information.

Check out our Bryan Cave Benefits alert for more information on how to avoid this dangerous “phishing” scheme.

Vermont joins four states in requiring paid sick leave for employees

April 5, 2016

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Vermont has passed new legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for employees. Vermont joined four other states that already mandate paid sick leave – California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Oregon.

The law goes into effect as of January 2017 for employers with more than five employees. Employers with five or fewer employees will have until January 2018 to comply. Initially, the law will require that employers guarantee certain full time employees at least three paid sick days each year. As of January 2019, however, all employers affected by the law must guarantee at least five sick days for certain full time employees.

The law provides that an employee shall accrue not less than one hour of earned sick time for every 52 hours worked. An employer may require a waiting period of up to one year before a newly hired employee may use the accrued sick time. An employee may use the

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