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Can Your Company Revise its Payday Schedule?

Paydays are sacred in the workplace. Some employees who can't remember how many years they've been married or how long it's been since their last physical exam can tell you exactly how many days until the next paycheck arrives. Depending on their financial situations, other staff members may barely keep their bills paid between checks. So when employers change the regular payday, there is bound to be some backlash from employees. In addition, federal and state labor officials take a dim view of businesses attempting to use paychecks to enforce discipline or manipulate the workweek [...]

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Minimum Wage Increases Are Being Considered Across the Country

The minimum wage remains a popular issue for legislators on a federal, state and local level. Recently, a bill was introduced in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate titled the "Raise the Minimum Wage Act of 2019." Since 2009, the federal minimum wage has remained $7.25 per hour. However, many states and localities have increased their minimum wage rates above the federal minimum wage. According to a fact sheet about the proposed law, under the bill, the federal minimum wage rate would gradually increase over the next six years to $15 per hour. [...]

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

How Long Do You Have to Retain Payroll Records?

The Social Security Administration and the IRS have issued a joint publication that offers valuable pointers for employers who want to clean up their old payroll files. In most (but not all) cases, that means following a four-year retention rule. The publication cautions that failure to meet record retention requirements can result in sizable penalties and large settlement awards for employers that are unable to provide the required information when requested by the IRS or as part of an employment-related lawsuit. (Records could also be requested by state agencies.) The Records-in-General Rule As applied to [...]

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Child Support Orders: Are You Properly Classifying Workers?

If you have an employee who has unfulfilled child support obligations, you might be contacted by authorities. In these cases, a local court or government agency may send you an order to withhold a portion of wages from the employee, to collect back child support. Complying with these orders is only required with workers who are employees. If you're treating someone who performs work for you as an independent contractor, you're off the hook in terms of withholding income in response to an order to withhold. However, in some cases, people who should be treated [...]

By |March 23rd, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Federal Investigators Find Labor Law Violations in Several Cases

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently finished several investigations aimed at employers. The agency announced that seven different employers had violated federal laws involving minimum wages, overtime calculations, family and medical leave, the tip credit and work visas. Here are brief descriptions of the cases. 1. Minimum wage violations. A Tennessee motel company owes $58,894 in back wages to four employees for minimum wage and overtime violations. The employers provided homeless individuals with rooms in exchange for front desk work without pay. The maximum lodging credit allowed for the rooms [...]

By |March 23rd, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Answers to Your Family and Medical Leave Credit Questions

If your organization wants to claim the new family and medical leave credit, take note: The IRS has issued Form 8994, Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave, for use in 2018 and 2019 tax year filings. In addition, the IRS has posted new information about the credit on its website. Here's what you need to know. Credit Basics The leave credit was authorized by 2017's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Under the law, an employer can qualify for a credit if it provides qualified employees with leave of at least two weeks and [...]

By |March 23rd, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

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