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E-Verify Update

Beginning on September 8, 2009 (less than a week away folks) a new federal rule will require general contractors AND subcontractors - including those who are receiving American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to use the E-Verify program. From what I understand penalties can be harsh for non-compliance, violators can be fined $1,000 to $10,000 and be put in jail for 1-5 years. Additionally, contractors will loose ALL government contracts for up to three years and possibly loose business permits and licensing.
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Reporting Requirements for the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides the State Departments of Transportation and Federal Lands Agencies with $27.5 billion for highway infrastructure investment. With this money there also comes an increased level of reporting, which we will be adding to Certified Payroll Solution to better and more fully serve the needs of our customers who may be working on these types of construction projects.
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White House Delays rule requiring electronic verification

The White House has postponed until June 30 the deadline for compliance with the E-Verify rule that will apply to government contractors and subcontractors. The decision gives the Obama administration more time to review the rule, which would require government contractors and subs to use an electronic system to check whether their employees are eligible to work in the U.S. The system has been modified to increase the accuracy of employment verification, according to testimony of the acting deputy director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services.
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U. S. Department of Labor Revises Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements for Form WH-347

The Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 established into law the requirement for paying "prevailing wages"; a specific rate of pay plus fringe benefits for each trade/work classification that has been set by the Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division, on federal or federally-assisted construction projects exceeding a value of $2,000.00. Construction includes the alteration and/or repair, including painting, decorating, plumbing, electrical, etc., of public buildings or public works - including roads and bridges.
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Construction Workers on “stimulus” projects will receive prevailing wages

Hundreds of thousands of construction workers hired to work on economic-stimulus projects will receive prevailing wages under new federal guidelines. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will prepare the guidelines, which will expand the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act and establish a floor for wages paid for the more than 678,000 construction jobs created by 2010.
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Government stimulus projects include prevailing wage requirements

The economic-stimulus package requires that workers on projects funded by the package receive "prevailing wages." Prevailing wages are similar to union wages and are typically higher than average wages in a county. The provision concerns some contractors who say it will drive up the cost of stimulus projects. However, labor groups support the prevailing wage provision and say higher wages will help the economy. Prevailing wage provisions require the submission of certified payroll reports.
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Economic Stimulus Plan – Your Business and Payroll

On February 17th, 2009, President Obama signed a $787 billion economic stimulus plan known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This plan is designed to spur economic growth in the U.S. - with short term and long term impacts. This economic stimulus plan means that changes are coming for your small business - changes that can impact your payroll and your taxes. If you are a customer of an Intuit payroll service, they can help.
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I've been using and supporting QuickBooks products since the early 1990's. I've worked with thousands of contractors, assisting them with QuickBooks setup, Certified Payroll Reporting requirements, AIA Billing and Weighted-Average Overtime.


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