Grassi Advisors & E-Alerts

This section is dedicated to general accounting as well as industry-specific topics and interests. Each of the following Grassi Advisor Newsletters and topical alerts are a result of our professionals’ technical expertise and extensive participation in the industries in which our clients operate

Being Thankful and Encouraging Goodwill

During the holiday season most companies hold food drives to help the less fortunate.  It would be a great idea to encourage charitable events within your organization.  Not only is it great for the charities but it also provides on-going events for the company. Some ideas: Fall coat drive...

NYC Pay Equity Law

Be sure that all of your NYC hiring Managers understand that you cannot ask about compensation history with candidates effective 10/31/2017.  Current salaries are no longer a part of the initial discussion for negotiation. Here are some best practices: Remove all questions regarding compensation from all online applicant tracking...

Paid Family Leave Update

The Paid Family Leave forms are now available online! You can find them here. Here are some tips on staying compliant: Decide on a payroll date Run reports to confirm all employees are eligible Update employee handbook policies for FMLA, add a NYS Paid Family Leave policy and procedures Update...

Proposta Riforma Fiscale USA

Il 2 Novembre 2017, il Ways and Means Committee della Camera dei Deputati Americana ha presentato la propria proposta di riforma di legge  in ambito fiscale. Di seguito evidenziamo le proposte piu’ significative: Cambiamenti proposti a livello societario Aliquota flat al 20% (ora progressiva fino al 35%) Corporate Alternative Minimum...

Boo-sting Employee Morale on Halloween

Many companies allow employees to dress up for Halloween, however an announcement should be sent out with a description of appropriate attire in the workplace.  If costumes do not fit in your company culture, think of another fun way to join in on the Halloween fun. Halloween is a good time...

Inclement Weather Policies

Now that the weather is getting cooler, it would be a great time to quickly update or discuss your inclement weather policies.  Keep in mind that safety should always be your primary concern. First, think of how you will inform your office of closures or delayed openings. There are many...

Reinforcing the Dress Code

There are two very important times of the year to reinforce your employee dress code policy. Reminding employees what is acceptable for warm weather is just as important as cold weather.  Sending out a friendly reminder during these times of the year will reduce the amount of uncomfortable conversations you will need to have...

Handbook Updates

With the constant changes in employment law and mandated state benefits, it’s a full time job to keep your handbook updated. Federal, state, county, and living wage ordinances have employers running in circles to try to disseminate who is entitled to what.   With an annual handbook review you will be...

E-Alert: Estate Tax Update

Estate Tax Update Based on the August CPI released by the Labor Department, the projected exclusion amount for gifts and estates of decedents dying in 2018 has increased to $5,600,000 (from $5,490,000 in 2017). Same projected increase applies to the Generation skipping transfer tax exemption. The annual per person...

Form I-9 Changes

The revisions below were made to reduce errors on the form I-9. The new form was revised on 07/17/2017.  Going forward, use the new form for all new hires. What are some best practices for form I-9? Completed I-9’s must be kept separate from all employee files White-out cannot be used...

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