Payroll Legal Alert

The DOL’s website, youthrules.dol.gov, is designed to educate employers about the rules for employing teens (sorry, there’s no help with how to actually manage them).

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Employees who are in the National Guard and Reserves usually serve their two weeks during the summer. Here’s what you need to know.

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Under final ACA regulations, insured employers with at least 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees, must file information returns with the IRS to report offers of health insurance made to full-time employees and provide statements to those employees. Key: Small self-insured employers must also report, even though they’re excluded from the play-or-pay provisions.

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It’s time to take a breather from the voluminous sets of regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care reform law. Here’s news that’s easier to digest.

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In the wake of some high-profile lawsuits, here’s a rundown of the problems that can arise when interns work for free.

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The biggest paycard problem for employees is the numerous fees paycard issuers pile on to access the funds loaded onto the card, for statements, etc. The biggest trap for employers is mandating paycard use.

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Federal law sets the ground rules for employing teens, but state law controls the age at which they must obtain age certificates, working papers or parental consent letters and how long you must retain those documents. Here’s a chart that lists requirements.

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Q: Our company president’s teenage son has been hired to do what the president calls incidental work around our office this summer. He’s signed a “Professional Services Agreement,” which specifies that he will be paid $10 an hour. Payroll has been told not to put him on the payroll because he’s an independent contractor. We think he should be put on the payroll. Who’s correct?

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Under tax code Section 83, you don’t tax employees who receive company stock, stock options or other property that is subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until the risk lapses and the property vests. Final regulations issued in February, which closely follow proposed regs, clarify what counts as a substantial risk of forfeiture.

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This is your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

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