More retailers stop using on-call shift scheduling

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

Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

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

Flu season means wage-and-hour headaches, too

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

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

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

Forms W-2c/W-3c ... because mistakes happen

The consolidated, accelerated W-2 filing deadline of Jan. 31, coupled with no more automatic 30-day filing extensions, will no doubt result in you having many more 2016 W-2s to correct than you did in years past.

1099-MISC: Right amount, wrong status, no tax fraud

Can you be sued by someone you misclassified as an independent contractor?

Gentlemen, start your engines @ 53.5ยข per mile

For 2017, the IRS’ standard mileage rate drops to 53.5¢ a mile, from 54¢ a mile.

One last to-do item for your 2016 W-2s

You need a solid policy on reissued W-2s.

Trend watch: Could contractors get benefits?

The state of New York may be about to consider legislation that would create a system of “portable” benefits that would give independent contractors some of the advantages employees have.

Benefits take center stage as recruiting, retention tool

In today’s competitive war for talent, employers are turning to and bolstering their benefits packages to give them an edge over competitors.

Half of employees leave vacation days on the table

Fifty-two percent of Americans who get paid vacation time said they would not use all their allotted time in 2016.

DOL updates guidance on proxy voting by benefit plans

Check to make sure your fiduciary is aware of these highly technical changes.
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