COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Benefit plans may be amended to favor same-sex spouses

05/04/2016
The IRS disposed of most of the payroll issues regarding same-sex spouses in 2013 and 2014. Nevertheless, it’s issued guidance on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Discharged for gross misconduct? Then employee isn't entitled to COBRA coverage

05/02/2016
Generally, employers that provide health benefits must offer continuing COBRA coverage whenever an employee resigns or is terminated. But that requirement doesn’t apply if the employee was discharged for gross misconduct.

Proposed regs implement paid sick leave

05/02/2016
If you’re a government contractor that pays the higher minimum wage to nonexempt employees who work on federal contracts, proposed regulations would also have you on the hook to provide seven days of paid sick leave to the same nonexempt employees, and to your exempt employees, too.

Summertime is here again! Here are your payroll procedures

05/02/2016
The paperwork generated by summer hires doesn’t have to snow you under. These tips will help you tame the hiring process.

May 2016: Employer's business tax calendar

04/30/2016
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Abandoned pay stub leads to EPA suit

04/28/2016
A forgotten pay stub wound up costing an Irving trucking company $45,000.

From direct deposit to paycards: E-pay options abound

04/28/2016
More than halfway into the second decade of the 21st century, it should come as no surprise that most employees have their pay deposited directly into their bank accounts.

Work stress brings out the best in creative execs

04/28/2016
Work stress is par for the course for creative leaders, but nearly one-third of respondents claimed the more stress they experience, the better their performance.

Your retirement benefits options defined

04/27/2016
It pays to understand your different retirement options.

2016 All-States Chart on Direct Deposit/Paycards

04/26/2016
This month’s chart lists states’ laws on Direct Deposits and Paycards.

Bad records nix deductions for kids' wages

04/25/2016
Kids are expensive. So wouldn’t it be great if you could pay them to do their chores and deduct those payments as wages? But you can’t.

CBO: Fewer employers to offer health benefits

04/25/2016
For all the talk of the Affordable Care Act’s effect on the health insurance marketplace, employer-provided benefits remain the backbone of the American health insurance system, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office.

IRS drops the veil on payroll audits

04/22/2016
The IRS has issued interim guidance that clarifies and updates auditors’ responsibilities during payroll audits.

Senate picks Equal Pay Day to vote down equal pay legislation

04/22/2016
The U.S. Senate observed Equal Pay Day, April 12, by declining to advance two bills that would have expanded the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and protected employees who discuss pay.

DOL secures judgment against retirement plan fiduciary

04/22/2016
The U.S. Department of Labor has secured a judgment against a San Jose construction firm after an investigation revealed that employee contributions to the company’s retirement plan were never deposited.
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