New Federal Overtime Rule Challenged 

You might have read Cardinal’s recent Employer Alert ( that the U.S. Department of Labor [DOL] is changing the minimum salary thresholds for ​employees that are exempt from overtime​. The published deadlines for the change in salary thresholds are as follows:    July 1, 2024:   The salary threshold increases from $684 per week [$35,568 per year) to $844 per week [$43,888 per year).   January 1, 2025:   The salary threshold increases to $1,128 per week [$58,656 […]

New Federal Overtime Rule

Department of Labor Increases Salary Requirements for White-Collar & HCE Exemptions  Implementation Deadlines: First phase on July 1, 2024 | Second phase on January 1, 2025    The U.S. Department of Labor [DOL] announced the Final Rule: Restoring and Extending Overtime Protections. The final rule amends the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations by increasing the salary threshold required for executive, administrative, and professional exemptions [referred to as white-collar exemptions). The final rule does not make […]

2025 HSA Contributions Announced

HSA Limit Contributions Announced for 2025 The IRS announced that the annual limit on health savings account (HSA) contributions for self-only coverage in 2025 will be $4,300, a 3.6 % increase from the $4,150 limit in 2024. The HSA contribution limit for family coverage will jump to $8,550, a 3 % increase from $8,300 in 2024.

Five Tax-Time Employee Perks

Offering tax filing help can relieve workers’ stress and provide a unique advantage for out-recruiting the competition! Everybody hates doing taxes. Filing a tax return—whether state or federal—without some kind of help is stressful. More than half of U.S. adults who file tax returns (57%) find the do-it-yourself approach nerve-racking, according to a study conducted by The Harris Poll for Fast Company magazine. Hardly a surprising statistic to any of us!   What if employers […]

POLICY REVIEW 2024  | The California Privacy Rights Act 

If you employ workers or do business in California, here is a brief review of the recently updated California Privacy Act.    What is it?  The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) provides comprehensive regulation of the personal information (PI) of California residents. PI includes any “information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household.”    Who does […]

Governmental Affairs Alert: Information on the US Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) 

Cardinal Services continues to focus on employment-related laws, new court cases, and regulatory changes that impact our business community. While the news about FinCEN is not directly employment-related, some employers could be subject to this new reporting rule. However, the new FinCEN reporting requirement has not been well publicized, but we think it is universal enough to inform you on this topic.    FinCEN is the new Beneficial Ownership Information that requires some companies to […]

Coming in 2024 | E-Verify NextGen 

The Feds combine the eVerify and Form I-9 into one digital process.    E-Verify NextGen—scheduled for incremental release in 2024—integrates the Form I-9 process with E-Verify, the federal government’s electronic employment verification system, revolutionizing the employment verification process for the business community!  This new combined system from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will shift much of the process away from employers and onto the new hires themselves. Currently, employers must complete a new […]

DOL Issues Final Rules on Independent Contractor Classification

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule on January 9th that changes the criteria for classifying independent contractors.  The final rule requires companies to weigh various factors to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The final rule will take effect on March 11.    Background to the Ruling  In June 2023, a decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) altered the standard employers must use to […]

Do employers need to pay for worker commutes? 

A recent memo from the Federal Office of Personnel Management  has raised new questions for the private sector.    New Federal guidance:  On Aug. 22, 2023, the Federal Office of Personnel Management issued guidance regarding whether the Fair Labor Standards Act requires federal workers to be compensated for their commute to work. This new guidance also included additional rules about federal teleworkers regarding pay and hours. The bottom line: it depends on whether a worker is […]

NEW IRS Mileage Rates for 2024  

 The IRS just announced the per-mile reimbursement rates for 2024. Beginning January 1, 2024, here are the new rates for the following business categories:   67 cents per mile driven for standard business use [an increase of 1.5 cents from 2023].  21 cents per mile driven for qualified active-duty Armed Forces members for medical travel or for moving purposes [a decrease of 1 cent from 2023].  14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. […]