How long must we retain our payroll records?

  • February 26, 2013

Q: We have some very thick payroll files, so we’re wondering what we need to keep and for how long. We’d also like to confirm that time cards must be kept...

How do you track hours worked for nonexempts?

  • February 13, 2013

Despite plenty of new high-tech options, good old-fashioned paper time sheets remain the most popular way to record how many hours employees work, according to a...

State chart: withholding on supplemental pay

  • October 08, 2012

STATE WITHHOLDING RATES: Here's a chart summarizing how states handle income tax withholding on supplemental wages. Note: To get the full story on state tax rates,...

Can we charge a fee for paper paychecks?

  • September 28, 2012

Q. We require direct deposit of employee paychecks. We have one employee who hasn’t set up an account despite frequent requests. We have to mail his check from...

Is it OK for managers to adjust timecards?

  • July 22, 2012

Q. Our employees punch a time clock and then go to job sites. Sometimes they don’t take a lunch break. But when they do, they’re unable to clock out and back...

Docking pay: FLSA compliance tips

  • June 07, 2012

The FLSA restricts the docking of employees' pay. Many times employers' decisions on docking will push an employee from an exempt classification to a nonexempt, or...

Wage garnishment: Compliance tips

  • May 22, 2012

Wage garnishment is a tricky business for employers. To keep garnishment practices on the straight and narrow, employers must know how to make deductions and how much...

2012 State Direct Deposit/Paycard Laws

  • May 20, 2012

State laws usually require that employee participation in direct deposit or paycard programs must be voluntary. States may also allow paycard vendors to charge...