You: Payroll’s elf on a shelf

  • December 04, 2013

Since you don’t have an elf to take care of all the December year-end payroll details, you have to do it yourself. Here’s help getting started.

Holiday bonuses: Pass the bucks

  • November 18, 2013

Good, bad or sluggish economy, there are valid reasons—mostly sustaining employee morale—to pay holiday bonuses. If your company will be doing so, now's...

Health benefit reporting on 2013 Forms W-2

  • October 08, 2013

If you filed at least 250 W-2s for 2012, you’ll be on the hook for reporting the aggregate cost of employees’ health benefits on their 2013 W-2s. Here's a...

Metrics: More than just numbers

  • July 18, 2013

Metrics can add value to the Payroll department, said Linda Obertin, vice president at Fidelity Investments, at the American Payroll Association’s Annual...

How do we handle lump-sum payments?

  • June 29, 2013

Q: Our employees are paid an annual lump-sum merit bonus. The full amount is calculated and then split, with half paid the following January and half paid in July. How...

NLRB back-pay ruling boomerangs into payroll

  • May 31, 2013

In late 2012, the NLRB ruled in an unfair labor practice case that when lump-sum back pay awards span more than one year, the employer must report the awards to the...

Setting limits on voluntary withholding

  • April 04, 2013

Q. A contractor would like us to voluntarily withhold her federal income taxes. Accounts Payable isn’t equipped to do this, so it’s fallen to Payroll. Having...