2017 Social Security wage base coming soon

The Social Security Administration is days away from releasing the 2017 Social Security taxable wage base.

Proposed regs address opt-out payments for health benefits

Under proposed regulations, if you induce employees to opt out of your group health plan with additional cash compensation, those payments must be added into employees’ monthly premiums.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

One employee, two jobs ... Fallout from new overtime regulations

Penalties increase for various labor violations


Tucked deep inside last year’s budget bill were provisions regarding the adjustment of civil penalties, inflation for those penalties, and catch-up adjustments.

Special analysis: Fringe benefits in 2017

Employees, especially millennials, have definite ideas about what they want in fringe benefits. But you can’t make everyone’s wishes for tax-free benefits come true.

Curacao and St. Lucia are now in North America

Employees who attend business conventions in North America need only establish the familiar elements of the accountable plan rules for their reimbursements to be tax-free.

IRS proposes regs for reporting health care information

It’s open enrollment season for health benefits, which means you have employees’ attention.

The 2017 Payroll Checklist


Year-end for planning for payroll and accounts payable is, really, a year-long process. Here’s a checklist to help guide you through each pay period, month and calendar quarter of 2017. It will help make your 2017 payroll process a snap.

Final ADA/GINA regs add new wrinkles for wellness plans

Wellness plans collect a lot of health information on employees. Which means that they can run headlong into federal antidiscrimination laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued final regulations on the interaction between wellness plans and these two laws.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

Issues with Form I-9 ... Calculating child support withholding ... E-Verify and SSNVS ... Replacement Social Security cards.

DOL investigations: How would you stack up?

Over 90% of complex litigation involves the Fair Labor Standards Act. Bad: Social media provides employees with much more information about their rights. Worse: The Department of Labor is using more apps, including tweets, to reach employees.

Can we demand employees fly, not drive, on trip?

Q. One of our star employees wants to drive to an upcoming trade show instead of flying like everyone else. Can we insist that he must travel by air?

Can we require e-pay in Texas?

Q. Can a Texas employer require its employees to accept payment of wages through an electronic transfer of funds?

The early bird gets the year-end worm

Things fall back to a more normal pace after Labor Day. Accomplish these year-end tasks now, and your entire year-end process will be as smooth as silk.

OCSE's FY 2017 budget includes payroll priorities

You withhold 75% of all child support payments. That’s a considerable sum. So, when the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement highlights payroll initiatives in its fiscal year 2017 budget request, Payroll managers take notice.
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