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Odds are your company has a website. If you’re thinking of enhancing that website, say, with employee-written blogs, be careful. A federal trial court provided a stark reminder of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s rule that nonexempts can’t volunteer any time to their employers when it ruled that a nonexempt who volunteered to write a company blog can pursue her claim for unpaid overtime.
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.
Employers with more than 50, but fewer than 100, full-time employees during 2014 didn’t have to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s play-or-pay provisions this year, although they must still file Forms 1095-C and 1094-C. This transition relief ends Dec. 31, 2015. Beginning with the 2016 plan year (next month for calendar year plans), these employers are fully covered under the law. Ensure that these critical actions have been taken before the end of the month. If you’re missing an action item, do it now.
The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal brought by the trustee of a bankrupt payroll service bureau who sought the return of $28 million, which the service bureau collected from its clients as payroll deposits, but which its principals stole. These clients now have no recovery and may have to pay the IRS again for the taxes the service bureau should have deposited.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law an amendment to the California Private Attorney General Act to allow employers the right to “cure” certain wage statement defects. Here are the details.
Kathy Posey, office administrator at StrategyWise, has advice for you based on her experience planning more than 20 such parties over the years.
Each state has its own W-2 e-filing thresholds and specifications. This chart summarizes those requirements.
Winter presents unique challenges to the non-SUV-owning public, who become absolutely mortified when a glance in the rear view mirror reveals one of those behemoths staring down their bumpers. It’s equally challenging for Payroll to construct viable pay policies when employees leave early, arrive late or just bag it due to snow or other weather emergencies.
In the hustle and bustle of year-end, even seasoned pros can overlook critical items. But you overlook W-2 formatting and filing errors at your peril.
People who participate in walking meetings are 5.25% more likely to report being creative at work than those who don’t and 8.5% more likely to report high levels of engagement with their jobs, found management professors Russell Clayton, Chris Thomas and Jack Smothers. They surveyed 150 working adults to obtain that data and learn some essential elements of successful walking meetings.
Meetings that consist of you standing up and doing all of the talking make it hard for your team members to engage and may just waste their time, says leadership expert Dan McCarthy. You’ll accomplish more if you let go of your power and become a meeting facilitator. McCarthy suggests taking these three steps.
Q: “Can the company legally assess an administrative fee to employees who have been issued a corporate credit card and have been told in writing that the card is to be used for business purposes only, yet continue using it for personal purposes? It means the accounting department must adjust their regular paycheck to deduct the monies used for personal expenses.” – MK, Oklahoma
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.
The closest office managers usually get to Payroll are their own paychecks. But beware. A federal trial court has ruled that an office manager was personally liable for 100% of her company’s undeposited payroll taxes, to the tune of $2.9 million.
Employers on the bubble of employing 50 full-time employees, and thus being subject to the play-or-pay requirements, may be looking for a strategy to ensure that they’re ACA compliant. One strategy that’s popped up on the Internet is forcing employees into the plan.
Are health deductions required deductions for garnishment? And must we tax employees who are paid to forgo health benefits?
First, the Department of Health and Human Services created a minimum value calculator that omitted inpatient hospitalization services. Oops. Then, the IRS issued guidance that concluded that in order to provide minimum value, group health plans must cover substantial inpatient hospitalization and physician services, or both. Proposed regulations were promised, which the IRS has now released. The regs also provide a detailed effective date.
The IRS has released the final 2015 health care information reporting forms, Forms 1095-C/1095-B; the transmittals, Forms 1094-C/1094-B; and the instructions. The IRS has also issued a notice that cuts some slack to self-insured employers that don’t have employees’ dependents’ Social Security numbers by the time they need to complete Forms 1095-C/1095-B.
Instead of canceling appointments, or getting out of a meeting, an awkward conversation or doing a favor, brace yourself to refuse them up front. Here’s how Ringo Starr did it.
If you filed at least 250 W-2s for 2014, you must report the aggregate cost of employees’ health benefits on their 2015 W-2s in Box 12 with Code DD; reporting on Form W-3 isn’t necessary. This chart lists health benefits and whether you must report them. The IRS has clarified that even if a benefit isn’t reportable, you may voluntarily report it.