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Compensation & Benefits

March 2020: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

New law brings paid parental leave to federal workforce

Federal government employees will soon be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave annually. The new leave entitlement will cover approximately 2.1 million civilian government workers, by far the nation’s largest workforce.

EPA vs. Title VII: Court lowers standard needed to prove pay discrimination

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers New York employers, has made it easier for workers to prove they were paid less because of sex discrimination.

Supreme Court won’t fast-track Affordable Care Act challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 21 denied a motion for a quick hearing on a challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Half want something other than biweekly pay

While 50% of workers prefer to be paid biweekly, 26% say they’d rather be paid weekly, 10% monthly and 10% semimonthly, according to a Paychex survey.

Joint employer? 3 scenarios to help you decide

The new Department of Labor joint-employer rule that takes effect March 16 will make it less likely that more than one employer will be held liable for the same federal wage-and-hour violation. Here are three scenarios that illustrate how the rule will apply.

Liability lurks in work-sponsored ‘happy hour’

Employers that encourage after-work get-togethers may want to temper the social expectations they place on employees, depending on how a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case turns out. The state’s highest court will decide whether attending such events counts as work.

In the Payroll Mailbag: February ’20

Are leave donations to a local charity taxable? … What qualifies as a tax-free achievement award?

Special analysis: Good records save tax penalties

Tax audits are all about your records. Have good, accurate and complete records and you will walk away from an audit relatively unscathed. Have sloppy, incomplete and inaccurate records and you will needlessly pay tax penalties. Two cases are illustrative.

New NACHA protocol squelches direct deposit phishing

NACHA—the electronic payments organization behind all electronic banking transactions, including direct deposit—has developed a standard, voluntary protocol to help employees’ banks fight direct deposit-related ID theft.