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Compensation & Benefits

Fresno plumbing company settles in DOL overtime case

Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, M&L Plumbing has agreed to pay $113,351 in back pay. The DOL found that the company owed 39 employees the money for unpaid overtime.

Farm labor contractor pays for seasonal worker violations

J. Carmen Mora, a Northern California farm labor contractor, has paid $166,126 after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found multiple violations of wage-and-hour rules.

Must we pay this summer intern?

Q. We are short-handed this summer and it’s really hard to get employees right now. We want to offer an internship to a college student to help us out. She would gain experience and if she can work it out with her advisor, maybe she can get college credit. Do we have to pay her?

Flex time provides recruiting edge for 61% of employers

A survey of 150 HR professionals found that 61% offer some sort of flexible work option to attract talent.

August 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

Federal court invalidates association health plan regs

The Department of Labor’s final regulations on association health plans allow small employers to form bona fide groups, or associations, to buy group health insurance. Now a federal trial court has invalidated the bulk of these regs.

In the Payroll Mailbag: July ’19

Employee vs. the IRS: Who wins? … Are employer-provided computers taxable? … 1099s for LLCs: To provide or not to provide … Health insurance reporting for a married couple

Car/SUV valuation set for standard mileage rule

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act hiked the value of cars, trucks and SUVs that qualify for the standard mileage rate valuation method for employees who put personal miles on company vehicles.

Now what, after DOL releases proposed salary-level regs?

What to do now that the Department of Labor has proposed regulations that would increase the guaranteed weekly salary employees must earn to retain their FLSA-exempt status? Key: The regs don’t change the Fair Labor Standards Act’s exempt duties tests.

OCSE clarifies withholding on lump-sum payments

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, with an assist from the Department of Labor, has reiterated that 100% withholding isn’t legal for payments that are attributable to wages, regardless of state law.