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Why is hazard communication so important?

Your employees need to know about the chemicals they are working with or exposed to, hazards associated with each chemical and how to protect themselves. Although many employees work with potentially hazardous materials on a regular basis, they can maintain a safe working environment if they use chemicals as they were intended and follow necessary safety precautions. An effective hazard communication program is designed to teach everyone how to safely handle and work with the chemicals they encounter every day.

The end of Wisconsin FMLA for domestic partners?

Last September, the Wisconsin legislature updated the definition of "domestic partner" via the budget bill. While the intention of the modification to the definition was to stop allowing domestic partner health coverage for state employees now that the state recognizes same sex marriage, it resulted in some unintended consequences. Moving forward, if you have Wisconsin employees asking for WFMLA for domestic partners or their family members, you need to ask new questions.

Tax reform law results in a new Form W-4

The IRS released a new Form W-4 for 2018 in February. It also revised its “Withholding Calculator” for employees to use to make sure they are having the proper amounts withheld from their paychecks. The minimum employers have to do is make sure they’re providing the new Form W-4 to newly hired employees and employees wishing to update their Form W-4 on and after April 1, 2018. 

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