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Compensation & Benefits

What to tell employees about tax reform and 2018 withholding


The rushed passage of tax reform legislation at the end of 2017 means employees now have little reliable guidance on how to manage income tax withholding on their 2018 pay. Here’s a framework for fielding withholding-related questions. 

DOL makes it easier to offer unpaid internships: New test vs. the old test

Good news for employers: The U.S. Department of Labor has abandoned its inflexible, six-part test for determining whether interns qualify as employees (see old test in box below). Those rules from 2010 said internships at for-profit companies “will most often be viewed as employment.” In its place, the DOL in January 2018 issued a new, […]

Legal updates: Safe time in NYC, pay query ban in Albany


Cities and municipalities continue to pass new laws affecting how employers manage their workforces. Here is a look at the new NYC “safe time” leave law and Albany County’s new rules on interview questions.

Snapshot: In retirement, we want to have our cake and eat it, too


Americans want to spend like crazy in retirement. They also want their nest eggs to last forever.

2018 standard auto mileage rate increases 1¢ per mile


The IRS’ standard mileage rate, which you can use to reimburse employees who drive their own cars on business, increases to 54.5¢ a mile for 2018, up one penny from the 2017 rate.

IRS extends deadline for providing ACA notices to March 2


You have an additional 30 days to provide 2017 Affordable Care Act health insurance reporting forms to employees.

Do gift cards count as employee income?


Q. We gave our employees gift cards as holiday gifts. Must these gift cards be reported as taxable income?

Court blocks Trump rule on ACA contraceptive mandate


A federal judge in Philadelphia has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from enforcing new rules giving employers wide latitude to exclude coverage of birth control from their health plans if they have moral or religious objections.

Last week of 2017 was a workweek for many


Many American workers didn’t leave work far behind between Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to Robert Half’s holiday survey.

REPORT: The 2017 Tax Reform Law: What HR, Payroll & Employers Need to Know

In December 2017, Congress passed the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years. The law, colloquially known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, will have a far-reaching impact on both employers and employees. Specifically, employers confront an altered landscape when it comes to certain fringe benefits and pay […]