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If Adopted, Overtime Pay Rules May Expand to More Employees

Today (and since 2004) salaried employees who earn at least $455 per week aren't eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, if their job duties are executive, administrative or professional (EAP) in nature. That's true no matter how many hours these employees work in a week. Under proposed regulations, the limit would rise to $679 in 2020. So, salaried employees earning up to around $35,308 annually would be overtime-eligible even if they fall into those EAP job roles as defined by the Department of Labor (DOL). Although the jump in the threshold [...]

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

Handling Pension Plans for National Guard Members and Reservists

Increasing numbers of National Guard and Reserve personnel have been sent to far-flung places around the globe in recent years. If your staff includes reservists and National Guard members who must interrupt their employment to fulfill their military service, you probably know that the law requires you to reinstate them once they returned from service (with certain specific exceptions). But you may not be aware of your obligations regarding pension benefits. For pension purposes, the Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) generally requires employers to treat returning service members as if they had been continuously [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Health Inquiries Especially Dangerous

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights Acts have brought many changes into the workplace. One of the biggest changes for employers is with pre-employment physicals. Employers covered by civil rights laws and the ADA. are prohibited from having job applicants take pre-employment physicals. The employer can, however, make a conditional job offer, pending a satisfactory completion of a medical exam. Under civil rights laws and ADA, you can no longer ask job applicants about medical and emotional conditions. But once you offer an applicant a job, you can then inquire into their [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Ideas to Strengthen Your Business in 2019 and Beyond

New Year's is traditionally a time to make resolutions for the upcoming months. Once you set your personal goals, it's time to get serious about your business goals. Here are ten resolutions you might consider making — and sticking to — to put you on track to prosper in 2019. 1. Compare 2018 financial performance to the budget. Did you meet the goals you set at the beginning of 2018? If not, why? Analyze variances between budget and actual results, and evaluate what changes you could make to get closer to achieving your goals this [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Important Tax Figures for 2019

The following table provides some important federal tax information for 2019, as compared with 2018. Many of the dollar amounts are unchanged and some changed only slightly due to inflation. Social Security/ Medicare 2019 2018 Social Security Tax Wage Base $132,900 $128,400 Medicare Tax Wage Base No limit No limit Employee portion of Social Security 6.2% 6.2% Employee portion of Medicare 1.45% 1.45% Individual Retirement Accounts 2019 2018 Roth IRA Individual, up to 100% of earned income $   6,000  $  5,500 Traditional IRA Individual, up to 100% of earned Income $   6,000 $   5,500 Roth [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Dealing with Child Support Withholding Orders

A whopping 75% of all child support is collected through employer-based income withholding orders (IWOs), according to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). In the most recent year for which figures are available, that amounted to $32 billion. The latest information from the Census Bureau indicates that nearly half of the country's 13.4 million custodial single parents have some type of child support arrangement in place, with the average monthly payment at around $480. One reason those numbers are so large, besides a high divorce rate, is that systems have been established that [...]

By |December 31st, 2018|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

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