PAYROLL

What happens when payday is on a holiday?

08/02/2017
Q. Our wage payment deadline falls on the first Monday of September this year, which is Labor Day. By when must a company make payments to meet its deadline and avoid penalties when its payment date falls on a holiday?

Must we pay a premium on holidays?

08/02/2017
Q. I have chosen to keep my business open on Labor Day. Must I pay employees who work on Labor Day (and other holidays) premium holiday pay?

September 2017: Employer's business tax calendar

07/27/2017
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Supreme Court: Hospitals' pension plans are church plans

07/27/2017
In a significant win for these organizations, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that defined benefit pension plans offered and maintained by hospitals associated with religious organizations are, nevertheless, church plans, which are excluded from ERISA, the federal benefits law.

In the Payroll Mailbag ...

07/27/2017
Discipline and pay: Not a good combination ... Can we tell employees to hurry up and cash their checks? ... Are these bonuses includable in the regular rate? ... Classification challenge for returning retirees

Forecast for September: A week to celebrate Payroll!

07/27/2017
September 4–8 is National Payroll Week. That’s the week that everyone, from the lowest-level employee to those in the boardroom, should express their appreciation for the 100% spot-on job Payroll does.

Employees weigh work-life benefits, and you should, too

07/27/2017
The coming of another school year doesn’t just fill kids with anxiety. Parents want to know whether they can take time off to attend a school play, parent-teacher conference or stay home when their kids have the sniffles. Now is the time to assess whether your work-life benefits are up to snuff.

2018 inflation adjustments for HSAs/HDHPs released

07/27/2017
The IRS has announced the 2018 inflation-adjusted figures for health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans.

Program underway to yank tax delinquents' passports

07/27/2017
Legislation enacted in 2015 requires the U.S. State Department, upon certification from the IRS, to revoke the passports of taxpayers who have seriously delinquent tax debts. That may be a problem for employers. Employees who can’t take overseas business trips are employees who aren’t productive. Such drastic measures may need an equally drastic response from the Payroll department.

Employer not liable for honoring wage levy

07/27/2017
An employer that honored a lock-in letter and a wage levy from the IRS isn’t liable to the employee for doing so, a federal trial court has ruled.

Knock, knock ... Who's there?

07/27/2017
IRS … IRS, who? Phone scams involving the IRS are so common that it has become a reflex to hang up the phone before the robocaller is even finished with the initial spiel. But what if someone knocks on your company’s door, flashes what looks like an official ID and says they’re from the IRS? How do you know for sure?

Missing exec might have taken 'hundreds of thousands'

07/21/2017
A retirement community for Univer-sity of Minnesota employees is abuzz with rumors after a senior executive vanished after he was fired in the wake of a criminal investigation.

St. Paul embezzler of $1.2 million heads to prison

07/21/2017
A St. Paul man who once worked as the controller of an insurance company is headed to prison following his conviction for a 20-year scheme to embezzle more than $1.2 million from his former employer.

August 2017: Employer's business tax calendar

06/22/2017
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Substantiation eased for hardship retirement distributions

06/22/2017
One of the first things IRS auditors examine when auditing 401(k) or 403(b) plans is documentation backing up hardship distributions made to employees who need cash. New exception: New instructions to auditors ease this substantiation burden by allowing plans to ditch retaining original documentation in favor of summaries of employees’ financial need.
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