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Payroll Legal Alert

Make sure you’re giving employees the maximum time off required to cast their votes.

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Must double time payments be included for OT purposes? … How do signing bonuses figure into the OT rate? … Rounding employees’ hours: What’s OK and what’s not?

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The IRS, in conjunction with the State Department, began revoking the passports of seriously delinquent tax debtors earlier this year. There are exceptions.

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You have a scant month to file original 2017 W-2s or to correct errors on your 2017 W-2s without paying an arm and a leg in penalties.

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Employees’ road in seeking to sue their employers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act just got substantially rockier, thanks to two U.S. Supreme Court decisions issued at the end of the 2017-2018 term. Here are the highlights.

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Summer is the perfect time to perform simple payroll housekeeping tasks. Here are some items you can check off your to-do list.

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Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

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Employees usually accrue vacation hours every pay period or every month, that is, ratably. But there’s another option—providing all of employees’ vacation hours at once after they qualify for it, or cliff vesting it.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repeals the deduction for alimony for couples who divorce, beginning in 2019. That’s putting a lot of pressure on couples to get their ducks in a row this year. And it also means that you may be facing an onslaught of qualified domestic relations orders, or QDROs.

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Taxable or not: Flat-dollar reimbursements? … What’s a reasonable reimbursement?

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No sooner had IRS Letter 226J hit applicable large employers’ mailboxes informing them that they may be liable for a free-rider penalty, than questions regarding the validity of this penalty assessment arose. The IRS has now answered its critics, but whether that answer is sufficient is a different story.

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Employees who are members of the National Guard or Reserves are heroes. Here’s what you need to do to ensure they are paid properly while they are serving the country.

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Here are digests of recently released official announcements from the federal government.

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Your options: You can either void uncashed checks or hold them open on your books. Hiccup: Banks generally won’t honor checks that are older than six months, so your employees won’t be happy either.

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If you’re tempted to say that to the teenagers in your house, and thankful that someone else will be employing them this summer, remember that somewhere out there other parents are saying the very same thing to their teens. And you may end up employing them.

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Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

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If misclassified workers pay their income and self-employment taxes, you’re off the hook for the income taxes you didn’t withhold and likewise for both the employer and employee portions of FICA (but penalties may still apply).

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When you withhold taxes from employees’ pay, you’re administering the tax code. The U.S. Supreme Court has now given you some breathing room. It ruled that you can’t be criminally liable for obstructing the due administration of the tax code unless you’re aware of, or can reasonably foresee, a pending proceeding, such as an audit.

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Glitches in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act began bubbling to the surface almost the minute it was signed into law. Although there are higher priority items that need clarification and correction, one little-noticed provision may have an outsized impact on 401(k) plans that allow employees to take hardship distributions.

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Are employees’ business entertainment expenses taxable? … What are the rules for reimbursing employees’ home internet access?

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