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Compensation & Benefits

Back to work with higher pay! Or maybe less

Employers that need to closely manage their labor budgets face challenging times. Many have had to raise wages to ensure adequate staffing. But more money isn’t a universal solution.

Let’s talk about PTO and payroll taxes

Employees just getting back to the office may be reluctant to schedule time off, either because they have a lot to do or because they don’t want to be seen as dispensable. But you’ll run headlong into a Payroll and HR catastrophe if you have a use-it-or-lose-it PTO policy.

Snapshot: Why employees say they take FFCRA paid leave

19% of employees polled say they have taken or plan to take paid leave available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Use open enrollment to explain new plan changes

The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in important changes for employer-provided health plans. According to experts at the Mercer consulting firm, this fall’s upcoming open enrollment season is the perfect opportunity to make sure employees understand what’s new.

August 2020: Employer’s business tax calendar

Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Pandemic perks: No-contact mobile refueling at work

Companies can come to your workplace and refuel employee or fleet cars on the spot.

Covid-19: Encourage taking FFCRA paid leave

As you prepare to welcome employees back to work, remember that some of them, or their family members, may still be sickened by covid-19. In many cases, they are entitled to paid sick leave, and it won’t cost you a penny to provide it.

Off-duty worker ignores social distancing: How to respond

If you discover that employees have flaunted local COVID-19 guidelines outside of work, can you place them on an unpaid leave of absence to quarantine before they return to work?

Due to COVID, some firms detach pay from performance

Last year, a great majority of employers (85%) said they link employees’ pay directly to performance, according to a Mercer study. But the consulting firm says some companies are now incorporating a “compassion factor” in how they calculate goals and performance.

In the Payroll Mailbag: July ’20

Beware the trap with deferrals … Can a missed deferred deposit be made up?