New California state law allows employers to fix wage statement errors

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law an amendment to the California Private Attorney General Act to allow employers the right to “cure” certain wage statement defects. Here are the details.

Defrauded payroll clients out $28 million

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal brought by the trustee of a bankrupt payroll service bureau who sought the return of $28 million, which the service bureau collected from its clients as payroll deposits, but which its principals stole. These clients now have no recovery and may have to pay the IRS again for the taxes the service bureau should have deposited.

ACA transition relief ending for midsize employers

Employers with more than 50, but fewer than 100, full-time employees during 2014 didn’t have to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s play-or-pay provisions this year, although they must still file Forms 1095-C and 1094-C. This transition relief ends Dec. 31, 2015. Beginning with the 2016 plan year (next month for calendar year plans), these employers are fully covered under the law. Ensure that these critical actions have been taken before the end of the month. If you’re missing an action item, do it now.

Home health care workers covered under the FLSA

The D.C. Circuit has ruled that the Department of Labor had the authority to issue regulations that require staffing agencies and other third-party employers to pay minimum wages and overtime to home health care workers.

Take these 3 steps now to bulletproof your W-2s

In the hustle and bustle of year-end, even seasoned pros can overlook critical items. But you overlook W-2 formatting and filing errors at your peril.

Download this chart of W-2 e-filing thresholds and specifications

Each state has its own W-2 e-filing thresholds and specifications. This chart summarizes those requirements.

Do you hear what I hear? Sound of closing year-end books

Year-end Payroll duties can keep you from enjoying this holiday season. But it doesn’t have to be that way, if you get through these year-end duties.

It's crunch time for new health information reporting mandates

For many employers, their most direct contact with the Afford­­able Care Act arrives this winter. Employ­­ers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent workers in 2015 must report to the IRS their offer of minimum essential and affordable health insurance to employees. Here are the details.

Holiday scheduling for 2016: Compare your closing plans with other employers

Does your organization close down for President's Day? How about Good Friday or the day after Thanksgiving? To compare your holiday closing plans with those of other U.S. employers on various religious and secular holidays, review the findings of a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) ...

Bulletproof your W-2s; fines for mistakes nearly double

Beginning with forms filed next year, penalties for failing to file timely informational forms like W-2s and 1099s are nearly doubling in many instances.

Payroll 2016--Key figures you need to know now

Increases to the personal exemption amount, which doubles as the annual withholding allowance amount, are based on increases to the August Consumer Price Index. Even though the IRS has yet to release the official 2016 withholding allowance amounts, we’ve done the math for you.

Crashing through the snow in a two-ton SUV: The payroll headaches caused by winter weather

Winter presents unique challenges to the non-SUV-owning public, who become absolutely mortified when a glance in the rear view mirror reveals one of those behemoths staring down their bumpers. It’s equally challenging for Payroll to construct viable pay policies when employees leave early, arrive late or just bag it due to snow or other weather emergencies.

Get the scoop on holiday pay

It’s only natural that questions regarding overtime and holiday pay arise this time of year. Here are the eight key rules you need to know to make this holiday season run smoothly.

Make sure medical leave requests funnel through HR

Elizabeth took intermittent leave after hurting her back in an auto accident. Eventually, her boss told her she wouldn’t get a raise for poor attendance ...

Holiday bonuses: Great for everyone's morale (but Payroll's)

Holiday bonuses are a tradition at many companies. Employees usually receive their bonuses in December. But Payroll must begin planning for them now. Here’s what you need to know.
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