Payroll Management

Ineffective payroll management and shoddy payroll systems can result in personal liability (including JAIL TIME) for non-compliance.

Business Management Daily helps our readers with information on payroll processing and tips on timesheets that will help you to implement payroll programs that pay off.

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Q: We currently reimburse employees who use their own cellphones to make business calls, but then add back those amounts as taxable pay. HR wants us to stop this practice and make those reimbursements a tax-free fringe benefit. Don’t the accountable plan rules apply here?
The Department of Health and Human Services sets the maximum limit on out-of-pocket expenses for nongrandfathered, non-high-deductible health plans. For 2016, those limits are $6,850 for self-only coverage ($6,600 in 2015) and $13,700 for other than self-only coverage ($13,200 in 2015).
An employer that normally would have been liable for three years’ worth of willful FLSA violations may be on the hook for violations stretching back 11 years.
It’s long been federal policy that you may deduct partial days off from an exempt’s accrued leave time without jeopardizing that status, because partial-day deductions from accrued leave banks aren’t the same as partial-day deductions from pay, which could throw that status into doubt. Does the result change if you overlay a state wage payment law that categorizes accrued vacation as nonforfeitable wages? No, according to a California appeals court.
The one sure bet is that the IRS will come to the American Payroll Association’s Annual Congress prepared to discuss its payroll-related initiatives. This year’s 33rd Annual Congress was held in Las Vegas; here's a recap.
States’ electronic mandates for child support are all over the map. Some states, for example, mandate that withheld child support be remitted electronically; others don’t. This chart helps you get a handle on the electronic child support landscape.
The IRS is a prodigious publisher. Here are digests of two recently released Information Letters.
What do banks, health insurers, major retail chains and movie studios have in common? Massive cyberattacks that have led to stolen identifying information, including employees’ sensitive personal data. You can thwart any identity thief by taking some simple steps and modifying some ­procedures.
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.
The IRS has issued a notice and a proposed revenue procedure that cover the steps you must take to obtain employees’ consent before you refund overwithheld FICA taxes to them. The notice allows employees to furnish consent electronically and also clarifies your “reasonable efforts” if you can’t secure their consent.
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