Payroll Legal Alert

A recent survey of small businesses revealed that only 12% of employees were satisfied with their benefits packages. HR will surely take up the challenge by offering all sorts of new and revised benefits. That means you’ll be playing peekaboo with perks that should be taxed as wages.

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Employers’ stumbles over implementing paycard programs have received too much publicity and push-back from the federal and state governments recently. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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Draft forms recently released by the IRS are designed to implement the Affordable Care Act’s information-reporting requirements. Watch out! Large employers—those with at least 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees—that don’t offer health insurance must file these forms and provide copies to employees.

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This is your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

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The Social Security Administration is days away from releasing the 2015 Social Security taxable wage base.

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Q: Employees exercise options and buy company stock. Is the value of the stock subject to child-support withholding? Is it as a lump-sum payment, or covered under the standard income withholding order?

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Q: An employer didn’t create cases in E-Verify for several years. The employer is again using its E-Verify account and creating cases. Should the employer create cases for employees who were hired while it wasn’t using E-Verify?

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Payroll specialists, download this tool to prepare for the year’s end.

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Q: When employees marry, is it a legal requirement that we wait to change their names in the payroll system until they present new Social Security cards with the name change, or can we rely on their marriage licenses to make those changes?

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Things return to a more normal pace after Labor Day. But normal for Payroll is still hectic. If you take a few minutes now to complete the items on this checklist, you’ll have an easy start to year-end 2014.

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