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Compensation & Benefits

In the Payroll Mailbag: February ’20

Are leave donations to a local charity taxable? … What qualifies as a tax-free achievement award?

Special analysis: Good records save tax penalties

Tax audits are all about your records. Have good, accurate and complete records and you will walk away from an audit relatively unscathed. Have sloppy, incomplete and inaccurate records and you will needlessly pay tax penalties. Two cases are illustrative.

New NACHA protocol squelches direct deposit phishing

NACHA—the electronic payments organization behind all electronic banking transactions, including direct deposit—has developed a standard, voluntary protocol to help employees’ banks fight direct deposit-related ID theft.

More lawsuits winning class-action status

Employees managed to convert individual lawsuits against their employers into class actions at a record-breaking clip in 2019, according to the Seyfarth Shaw law firm’s annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report.

Snapshot: Your employees’ top financial stressors

The looming threat of the unexpected is what causes workers the most financial stress.

DOL rule narrows ‘joint employer’ status

A new Department of Labor rule tightens the definition of what constitutes a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act, making it less likely that more than one entity can be held liable for the same federal wage-and-hour violations.

The new overtime rules: 6-point checklist to start complying now!

Are you fully compliant with the new overtime rules that went into effect Jan. 1? Follow this checklist to ensure you are.

What you missed when we were away

Although we took a vacation from writing for the last couple of weeks, we were diligently gathering stuff to write about. And that’s no joke. So, here’s the rundown.

Snapshot: 43% of households include someone with a preexisting condition

Many of those covered by your health benefits “have a long-term medical condition, illness or disease that would be considered a preexisting condition by a health insurance company.”

High-deductible health plans continue to grow

High-deductible consumer-directed health plans continue to grow in popularity, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.