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A federal appeals court has ruled that an employee whose wages were subject to a federal tax levy can’t sue his employer for violations of his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights or for theft of money under state law.
Under the IRS’ Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP), you may change workers’ status from independent contractors to employees for future tax periods on favorable tax terms, without incurring penalties or interest. Now, however, new questions have arisen. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers.
The IRS keeps track of your company’s tax liabilities as separate modules in its Business Master File. If, say, your corporate income tax module is short, the IRS can offset that shortfall with an overdeposit from your payroll module. Worse: The IRS can make these offsets without telling you.
To speed the processing of child support withholding orders, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement is encouraging employers to sign up for its electronic Income Withholding Order, or e-IWO. Currently, 23 states use e-IWOs.
In honor of this year’s Administrative Professionals Week, April 23-27, we’re taking stock of the changes in admins’ responsibilities over the past decade, based on the IAAP's Administrative Professional Skills 2011 Benchmarking Survey:
Employers and HR professionals hear it all the time: You must be prepared to preserve relevant documents and produce them if you are sued. You can take some preparatory steps to ensure that you can comply with inevitable litigation holds and are proficiently primed to assist your attorneys should litigation occur. This list of 22 to-do’s can guide your document and data preservation and retention procedures:
Final IRS regulations exclude from taxpayers’ gross income damage awards for personal physical injuries or illness received from a lawsuit or in settlement of legal claims. The regs delete the requirement that to qualify for the tax exclusion, damages must be based on a tort or tort-type right.
Time clocks, time cards and time sheets are basic necessities for payroll purposes, workplace recordkeeping, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) tracking, etc. But legal disputes under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can arise over whether managers are allowed to alter time sheets; whether exempts may have their employment status altered by having to fill out time cards; and methods to prevent employees from falsifying their time records.
A green workplace is one that is environmentally sensitive, resource-efficient, and socially responsible. With Earth Day on April 22, it's a good time to evaluate how green your workplace is currently, and determine what steps can be taken to go even greener.
Q. Employees who don’t use all of their paid time off (PTO) lose it at the end of the company’s fiscal year. Management wants to amend this policy to give employees the option of selling back their unused PTO days to the company at their current pay rates or rolling over the PTO days into the next year. Before Payroll gives its final OK to this plan, we’d like to know if we’re missing anything.