Occupational Injuries in 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that fatal injuries in the United States had fallen 10.7 percent from 2019 to 2020. In 2019 there were 5,333 fatal work injuries, which dropped to 4,764 fatal injuries in 2020. Key findings from the 2020 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries The 4,764 fatal occupational injuries in 2020…More

From the President . . .

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2022! As we begin the new year, TPM is looking to review and update Association Membership Services and Programs. One that may again be considered for 2022 is a TPM group 401(k) plan, that employers could offer to employees. The benefit of a group program is potential cost savings…More

IRS – 2022 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2022 standard mileage rates. Beginning January 1, 2022, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (van, pickup or panel truck) will be: 58.5 cents per mile driven for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2021 18 cents per mile driven for medical…More

IRS – Nonemployee Compensation

As a reminder, payroll professionals and other payers should use Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, to report nonemployee compensation of $600 or more paid to a payee. Generally, payers must file Form 1099-NEC by Monday, January 31, 2022, for tax year 2021. Payers must also furnish Form 1099-NEC to payees by this date. Businesses should also…More

IRS – Guidance for Retroactive Term of the ERC

On December 6, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance for employers regarding the retroactive termination of the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was enacted on November 15, 2021, amended the law so that the ERC applies only to wages paid before October 1, 2021, unless the employer…More

Time to Submit OSHA 300A

Employers must electronically submit 2021 injury and illness data from OSHA Form 300A by March 2 if they have: 250 or more employees and are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records. 20-249 employees classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Visit OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application webpage…More

Mental Health Affects Business and Employees

Mental health is a key topic of concern for employers as we deal with COVID burnout, stressed employees, an unbalanced workforce causing extra work for current staff, and more. Now is a great time to have managers actively looking for ways to help employees avoid burnout and find ways to create a healthy workplace. Poor…More

WA – Reminders

Changes in the minimum wage, overtime for white-collar professionals, and workers’ compensation premiums took effect January 1, 2022. The Minimum Wage The state’s minimum wage increased to $14.49 per hour effective January 1, 2022. It’s based on a 5.83 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. The U.S.…More

WA – Non-Compete Agreements

Washington’s non-compete agreement law, RCW 49.62, governs when a non-compete agreement is considered valid or enforceable under state law. A non-compete agreement is a legal agreement or a clause in a contract between an employer and an employee that, after the employment ends, prohibits the employee from working for or starting a business that competes…More