SDP Client Spotlight: Wolfe's Market
Wolfe_s Market SDP
Every month, we highlight one of our amazing clients with our SDP Client Spotlight. 
This month, we stopped by Wolfe's Market in Claremont to enjoy a lunch of the Market's amazing fresh deli sandwiches and chat with owner Tom Wolfe about how his family business has grown over the years. 
Click here for the full story and a special offer for your next visit to Wolfe's Market!
2018 Income Tax Withholding Tables
Income Tax
The IRS just released its 2018 Withholding Tables, which means you could see paycheck changes as early as next month! Click here for more information:
Have You Updated Your Mileage Rates?
Standard Mileage Rates
As of January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car will increase to  54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven.
If you haven't already done so, click here to update your rates in PayEntry and Connect!
HR Essentials in California Webinar
HR Essentials in CA
Save the date! On February 13th at 10:00 am we'll be hosting our HR Essentials in California webinar. Click here for more information!
2018 Legal Update Webinar Coming Soon!
Unable to attend one of our first two sessions? Join us virtually for a webinar version of  our 2018 Legal Update in early February. More information coming soon!
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2018 Minimum Wage Rates
(State, City, and County)
Is your organization prepared for the new minimum wage limits for 2018? January is well underway and that means that the 2018 minimum wage increases have officially taken effect!
Under federal law, employers must pay non-exempt employees a minimum wage of at least $7.25 per hour. However, many jurisdictions have higher minimum wage rates. Read on for everything you need to know based on your place of business.

Minimum Wage Map

New Minimum Rates (Effective January 1, 2018)

By State:  
By City/County:  
Alaska $9.84
Albuquerque NM
Arizona $10.50
Bernalillo Co. NM
California $11.00
Cupertino CA
Colorado $10.20
El Cerrito CA
Florida $8.25
Flagstaff AZ
Maine $10.00
Los Altos CA
Minnesota $9.65**
Milpitas CA

Minneapolis MN
Montana $8.30
Mountain View CA
New Jersey $8.60
Oakland CA
New York* $10.40**
Palo Alto CA
Ohio $8.30
Richmond CA
Rhode Island $10.10
San Jose CA
South Dakota $8.85
San Mateo CA
Washington $11.50
Santa Clara CA
Federal Contractor $10.35
Seattle WA

Sunnyvale CA $15.00
Tacoma WA
* Effective 12/31/2017
** Varies based on specific criteria

Potential Impact On Overtime Exemptions:
  • In some states, an increase inExempt Sign the minimum wage can also affect minimum salary requirements for exempt employees.
  • In Alaska, the minimum salary required for these exemptions under state law will increase to $787.20 per week on January 1, 2018.
  • In California, employers with 26+ employees must pay a salary of at least $880 per week for these exemptions beginning January 1, 2018. California employers with fewer than 26 employees must pay a minimum salary of at least $840. 
Remember to always check your local minimum wage laws to ensure 100% compliance! This list is only a guide, and several smaller cities also have planned increases for 2018.  Read More
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