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Get out the vote: Create a voting leave policy

Were you prepared for the elections that just took place in March? Were your employees clear on when they could take time to vote? Make sure you are prepared come November by implementing a policy or scrutinizing your current one. You can encourage voter turnout by implementing a voting-leave policy that shows employees you take the right to vote seriously.

DOL overtime rule advances to last step before becoming final

The Department of Labor’s rule expanding access to overtime pay for an additional 3.6 million exempt employees is now under review by the Office of Management and Budget, the last step in the regulatory process before a final rule is issued.

White-collar Wednesdays: Traps when reclassifying employees

The Department of Labor has said all along that it expects to release final regulations raising the salary employees must earn to remain exempt from the FLSA next month. And it appears it’s making good on its promise. Some employees will inevitably be reclassified as nonexempt due to these regulations. So this week we’re looking at how to handle this touchy subject.

Factor retirement boom into staffing plans

A post-COVID retirement boom is sweeping the nation, a trend that’s likely contributing to today’s ongoing tight labor market.

April 2024: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

Who takes the most time off following work injuries?

Analysts at Upflip, an online training provider, reviewed the latest injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to see which occupations had the highest percentage of cases where six days or more were taken off from work.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act adds intermittent-leave challenges

The PWFA lets pregnant employees take a new, albeit informal, form of intermittent leave—and it doesn’t always require a health-care provider’s certification. The PWFA requires pregnancy-related conditions to be reasonably accommodated. Many such conditions mean employees may miss work with little or no notice.

The benefit that gives back: Offer time off for employees who volunteer

Paid time off so employees can engage in volunteer or charity work may be just the benefit you’ve been looking for. It doesn’t cost much, it burnishes your image in the community and it has been shown to improve employees’ mental health.

In the Payroll Mailbag: March ’24

Sometimes “no” can be a good thing—as in no, this item is tax-free. Here are two perfect examples.

DOL adjusts penalties for 2024

The Department of Labor has announced the 2024 inflation adjustments to penalties for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and ERISA.