Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits topics – whether it’s minimum wage, workers’ compensation laws, or employee pay – if properly handled, can help you retain workers and recruit new ones.

Use our advice to craft independent contractor agreements that keep independent contractors – and your bosses – happy.

Page 151 of 159« First...102030150151152...Last »
A great deal of confusion still swirls around one question: Which payments are covered by the new deferred-compensation rules described above.
For the first time, U.S. businesses will be able to write off expenses related to “qualified domestic production activities.” The so-called “manufacturing deduction” (or Sect. 199 deduction) is available even to many companies that wouldn’t normally consider themselves “manufacturers,” maybe even yours.

It's no fun paying a hefty tax bill when you file your annual return. But Uncle Sam doesn't want to wait that long for your cash. Estimated-tax rules say you must pay a certain amount of tax during the year. If you don't, you run the risk of an underpayment penalty on top of your regular tax bill. Fortunately, you can stop the bleeding with some minor band-aids. Following is the who, what, where and when of estimated taxes ... and how to avoid penalties.

When it comes to health insurance premiums, the good news is relative.
It's true that premiums rose less in 2005 than the previous four years. This year's 9.2 percent average ...
Currently, 17 states set minimum wages above the $5.15 federal minimum and you can expect that number to rise. Two key reasons: The increasing pain at the gas pump and expected ...
Terminating a class of employees and offering them to return as independent contractors can save you thousands. But it may raise eyebrows. That's why, to avoid lawsuits under the Age Discrimination ...

All work and no play can make Jack (or Jill) a disgruntled employee or client. So, you may decide to treat some of your top customers or valued employees to an outing as the summer draws to a close. By knowing the tax-law rules for entertainment costs, you can double your pleasure with top-dollar write-offs.

Last year's overtime regulations prompted many retail-industry employers to review their compensation structures. But, as the case below shows, if you're a retailer and have commissioned employees on staff, it's likely ...

Do you own rental property that's been producing a marginal profit or a loss the past few years? Short of raising the rent again, you're fighting an uphill battle as your expenses continue to grow.

Uncle Sam wants your tax money ... now. So, if you aren't sending the IRS enough money in your quarterly tax installments, you may need to pay an extra interest-rate penalty.

Page 151 of 159« First...102030150151152...Last »