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Compensation & Benefits

Advise unemployment authorities if you are still paying commissions to former employee

01/02/2019
If a former employee is collecting on your unemployment account, be sure to let the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development know, so it can adjust the benefit amount.

February 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

12/31/2018
Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

IRS begins free-rider penalty process for 2016 coverage

12/13/2018
In 2017, the IRS began cracking down on applicable large employers that didn’t offer affordable minimum value group health benefits to at least 70% of their full-time employees during 2015. It’s now turning its attention to calendar year 2016.

Forms 1095 must be provided to employees by March 4

12/13/2018
The IRS is extending the time you have to provide employees with Forms 1095-C/1095-B to March 4, 2019.

Employees out with the flu? Check your FMLA compliance

12/13/2018
A new opinion letter from the Department of Labor concluded that the suspension of accrued no-fault attendance points during an employee’s FMLA leave didn’t always run afoul of the law’s noninterference provisions.

Year-end 2018: Light at the end of the tunnel

12/13/2018
Use this worksheet to reconcile your four quarterly 941s and W-2s, so the amounts you report to the SSA and the IRS match.

E-news you can use

12/13/2018
It’s not exactly news that Payroll depends heavily on electronic transactions. There is news on electronic payments that promises to make your life easier.

2019 income taxes: Get it right the first time

12/13/2018
Employees will get their first taste of how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed their income taxes when they file their 2018 1040s. They can avoid sticker shock with this year’s taxes by ensuring that their income tax withholding aligns with their tax liability. Here’s the basic information they’ll need to make this determination.

Worker demands back overtime? Investigate and, if warranted, pay up

12/06/2018
If an employer pays overtime incorrectly, it may be liable for up to two years of unpaid overtime, doubled as a penalty. But if an employer’s overtime mistake is “willful,” that liability reaches back another year, adding to the cost.

Prepare for new labor and employment laws

12/06/2018
With 2019 just around the corner, now is the time to preview labor and employment laws that will soon affect employers.