PAYROLL

Overlook these health plan failures at your peril

04/24/2014
If you focus strictly on the ACA health care reform law’s free-rider penalties for not providing full-time employees with health insurance, or not providing insurance that’s affordable and offers minimum value, you’re missing the bigger picture.

San Diego newspaper delivery drivers awarded $5M

04/23/2014
Workers who delivered the San Diego Union-Tribune will split a $5 million judgment against the paper’s former owner. A state judge ruled that about 1,200 carriers who worked for the paper from 2005 to 2007 were employees, not independent contractors.

Summertime ... and the living ain't easy for Payroll

04/22/2014
For Payroll, time-off complications make summer about as special as that first sunburn. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some no- or low-cost solutions that can take the sting out of summer.

Can we pay opportunity wages to a rehired employee?

04/18/2014
Q: Last March, we hired a staff member’s college freshman daughter for several weeks and we paid her the $4.25 an hour opportunity wage. We’d like to hire her again for the summer. Can we continue to pay her $4.25 an hour?

Reimburse employees for expenses, or risk legal trouble

04/17/2014

If employees aren't properly reimbursed for business-related expenses they incur while performing their jobs, their pay may fall below minimum wage. And if that’s the case, they can quit and sue. The claim? Constructive discharge.

How do we pay someone who gets sick after using all his paid leave?

04/11/2014
Q: An employee exhausted all of his vacation and sick days, before he got sick again. He worked for only five days of our 15-day semimonthly pay period. Should he be paid for the entire pay period, or should he be docked for the days he didn’t work during that pay period?

2014 State Direct Deposit/Paycard Laws

04/11/2014
State laws usually require that employees voluntarily participate in direct deposit or paycard programs. This chart summarizes the states’ direct deposit/paycard rules.

Supreme Court rules that severance pay is FICA-taxable

04/08/2014
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 reversed the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling that an employer’s severance pay plans were FICA-taxable. As a result, the IRS isn’t on the hook to pay up to $1 billion in FICA refunds to various employers and their employees who were let go over the past several years.

ACA play-or-pay regs dole out breaks to all employers

04/07/2014
Under final Affordable Care Act regulations issued in February, for the 2015 plan year only, large employers with at least 100 employees during 2014 must either offer 70% of full-time employees and their nonspouse dependents affordable health insurance that provides minimum value or pay a free-rider penalty. Beginning with the 2016 plan year, offers of coverage must be made to 95% of full-time employees and their nonspouse dependents.

Fast track settlement opens to small employers

04/04/2014
Fast track settlement, which up until now has been available only to businesses with more than $10 million in assets, has made its way down the line to businesses in the IRS’ Small Business/Self-Employed division. That’s good news, considering penalties and interest continue to mount while your case remains open.

Ambiguities cut against employers in vacation pay cases

04/03/2014
Most states allow employers to determine whether they will pay terminating employees for their accrued, unused vacation time. But be warned: Any ambiguity in your company’s vacation pay policy or how that policy is executed will most likely be resolved in employees’ favor.

Supreme Court: Severance is FICA-taxable

04/01/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 unanimously ruled that severance pay is subject to withholding of FICA taxes, which employers and employees pay to fund Social Security and Medicare.

Don't be an April fool! Follow this Form 941 advice

04/01/2014
April won’t fool smart Payroll managers. They know that the first-quarter Form 941 is due by month’s end. Here’s help.

OCSE sets parameters for standard Income Withholding Orders

03/31/2014
Just how standard must a standard child support Income Withholding Order be? Very standard, according to the Office of Child Support Enforcement, which created it and mandates its use.

April 2014: Employer's business tax calendar

03/28/2014
NOTE: Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays as observed in the District of Columbia are taken into account to determine due dates. Under the federal deposit rules, you’re allowed a deposit shortfall of the greater of $100 or 2% of your tax liability.
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