Can you review I-9 documents remotely?

For each new hire, employers must verify employment eligibility by reviewing original documents in person with the employee. But what if that new hire lives and works hundreds of miles away?

Contracts should spell out at-will employment

It’s unusual, but sometimes a written offer of employment for a specific time period can overcome the usual presumption of at-will employment. Note, however, that other documents may stipulate that employment is at-will—and they will stand up in court.

When must you pay for employee training?

If you offer extra off-duty training to your hourly employees, pay extra attention to the rules that explain when those hours must be “paid time.”

Etsy proposes new kind of employment status

10/20/2016 recently went to Washington to urge changes to how artisans, entrepreneurs and other independent workers are treated.

No changes to reporting health benefits on W-2s

If you filed at least 250 W-2s for 2015, you must report the aggregate cost of employees’ health benefits on their 2016 W-2s in Box 12 with Code DD.

Your millennial employees are more likely to moonlight

From bartender to blogger, it’s not uncommon for workers to have a side job to earn a little extra money or pursue an area of interest.

Business groups want to stop contractor disclosure regulations

A group of business associations has asked a federal court in Texas to issue a temporary restraining order to block an Obama administration rule requiring federal contractors to disclose previous labor law violations.

Walmart managers get raises to exceed OT salary threshold

Walmart is giving thousands of assistant managers a pay bump in advance of new overtime rules requiring overtime pay for employees who work more than 40 hours per week and make less than $47,476 per year.

EEOC appeals loss in funeral home transgender case

The EEOC is appealing a federal court’s ruling that a Michigan funeral home was allowed to fire a transgender employee because of the owner’s religious objections.

Snapshot: How important is training and development to success at work?

The vast majority of American workers believe their future job success depends on learning new skills and taking advantage of training opportunities.

Emergency injunctions sought to stop new OT rules

Plaintiffs in two lawsuits challenging the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules have asked a federal judge in East Texas to issue expedited injunctions preventing the rules from taking effect Dec. 1.

Better pay, schedules may boost business

Need help persuading management that raising wages, providing steady schedules and offering training that may lead to promotions will benefit your organization?

Plan now for 2016 ACA information reporting

The IRS has released final Affordable Care Act information reporting forms—Forms 1095-C, 1094-C and 1095-B—for 2016 information reporting purposes.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

Two employees, same name ... Withholding for employees who have met their tax liability

New salary level regs: T minus 30 days and counting

In one scant month, exempt employees who don’t earn at least $913 a week must be reclassified as overtime-eligible nonexempt employees. This is your final check to ensure that your systems and processes are functioning correctly.
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