COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

W-2 penalty box

02/10/2017
For 2017, penalties for failing to file correct W-2s, 1095s and 1099s, or to provide recipients with correct statements, increase.

Discretionary leave OK as long as it's equitable

02/09/2017
Do you have a program that allows some employees to take additional leave after they have exhausted FMLA leave and their earned sick and vacation time off? That’s fine, as long as you set reasonable parameters for taking leave and enforce the rules fairly.

Texas Supreme Court to decide Houston same-sex benefits

02/07/2017
In an about-face, the Texas Supreme Court has decided to hear a case challenging the city of Houston’s policy of providing benefits to same-sex spouses that are equal to those available to opposite-sex spouses.

EBSA asks if turbine firm's 401(k) is gone with the wind

02/01/2017
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Agency has filed suit against the now defunct Wind Turbine Solutions.

Comcast promises lawsuit over Philly's new wage bias law

02/01/2017
Patterned after a first of its kind Massachusetts law, the ordinance bars employers from asking an employee’s salary history.

Can I cap how much vacation employees can accrue and still comply with California law?

01/30/2017
Q. My employees receive one week of paid vacation per year. Since I cannot have a use-it-or-lose-it policy, can I just cap vacation accrual at five days?

California localities' minimum wage increases for 2017

01/30/2017
The California minimum wage increased on Jan. 1 to $10.50 per hour for businesses employing 26 or more employees.

Setup work doesn't require prevailing wage

01/30/2017
Can employees who perform work that may be related to a public works contract, but not the public work directly, be paid less?

ACA repeal would affect employer coverage

01/24/2017
ACA rollbacks could affect the benefits employers can or must offer.

More retailers stop using on-call shift scheduling

01/19/2017
Pressure for attorney generals in several states has caused several large retailers to stop requiring employees to call work before a scheduled shift to find out if they have to work that day.

March 2017: Employer's business tax calendar

01/17/2017
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

01/17/2017
Are Uber and Lyft tax-free commuting options? ... Is home internet access taxable?

Flu season means wage-and-hour headaches, too

01/17/2017
February is the apex of flu season, which means employees will be calling in sick. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has a lot to say about your sick time policies.

Special analysis: FOIA request as a post-audit strategy

01/17/2017
Tax auditors generate lots of paper and electronic files during audits. You can use those resources to your advantage during post-audit penalty negotiations with an IRS appeals officer.

Clocks spring forward on March 12

01/17/2017
Daylight-saving time begins at 2:00 a.m., March 12, 2017.
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