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Compensation & Benefits

October 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

08/31/2019
Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Owners must pay millions to restore retirement plan

08/27/2019
Two former owners of a media company will pay $7.8 million to settle federal charges that highly speculative investments cost their employees’ pension fund tens of millions of dollars.

Out-of-pocket costs rising twice as fast as pay

08/27/2019
Employer strategies to shift more health care costs to employees are working.

California: Prepare for expanded paid leave benefit starting next July

08/23/2019
Effective July 1, 2020, California workers who receive paid family leave benefits under the California State Disability Insurance Program will be able to receive eight weeks of time off instead of the current six.

Security company zapped for overtime violations

08/23/2019
Star Pro Security Patrol of Costa Mesa, California, has agreed to settle charges it failed to pay proper overtime to 63 employees.

Piece work pay rate violates FLSA in LA

08/23/2019
ESS Apparel in Los Angeles has agreed to pay 21 employees $53,876 in back pay and overtime to resolve charges it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Appeals court reverses course: Sometimes a ‘service charge’ really is a gratuity

08/23/2019
A California state appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit asking whether banquet “service charges” are tips payable to servers under Labor Code Section 351.

Association retirement plans coming to small businesses

08/23/2019
Small businesses will soon be able to offer retirement savings plans to their workers through association retirement plans under a final Department of Labor rule that will take effect Sept. 30.

‘Predictive scheduling’ laws pick up steam

08/15/2019
Does your organization sometimes cancel employees’ shifts at the last minute, schedule extra workers for peak times (then send some of them home) or require employees to be prepared to call in to work at any time? If so, a growing trend of local laws could make those practices unlawful.

Double whammy in store for ACA free riders

08/15/2019
The IRS has begun enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s free-rider penalties against approximately 50,000 applicable large employers it suspects didn’t offer at least 95% of their full-time employees and their dependents affordable, minimum value group health benefits during 2017.