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Compensation & Benefits

November 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

Is your organization suffering ‘appreciation depletion’? Formalize a recognition program

The vast majority of employers make efforts to recognize employee accomplishments and, increasingly, they’re doing so through formal companywide recognition programs.

What’s the new retirement plan designed for small New York employers?

Q. We are a small employer and don’t have a retirement savings plan. An employee just asked us about what he described as a new retirement plan that won’t cost us anything. What’s that all about?

Empower bosses to recognize employee contributions

Every day at work ought to be Thanksgiving Day, according to Karl Ahlrichs, senior consultant for employee benefits at Gregory & Appel Insurance in Indianapolis. He offers these suggestions for inexpensively thanking employees for their efforts.

DOL opinion letters address FMLA, FLSA, CCPA

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently issued three opinion letters addressing employer-submitted questions about the FMLA, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Consumer Credit Protection Act.

HDHPs can cover more preventive services

With certain exceptions, HDHPs can’t start reimbursing employees until they meet those high deductibles. The IRS recently added to the exceptions for preventive services.

In the Payroll Mailbag: October ’19

How voluntary is a voluntary wage assignment? … O’Dowd, O Dowd or O-Dowd?

DOL nods to one-duty rule for highly compensated employees

The Department of Labor has concluded in an opinion letter to an inquiring employer that paralegals who earn $100,000 or more could qualify for the administrative exemption, if they performed one duty of an exempt administrator.

Fix it fast: Paying new hires semimonthly

Employees don’t know pay periods; they know they get paid every two weeks. But there is a difference between paying biweekly and semimonthly. And that difference comes into play when employees come onto or leave the payroll in the middle of a pay period.

Final regs allow SSN truncation on W-2s

In an effort to stem the tide of tax-related identity theft, final regulations allow you to truncate employees’ Social Security numbers on all W-2 copies, except Copy A, which is filed with the Social Security Administration.