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Steal pension funds, go to jail

11/27/2018
A joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service has led to the conviction of a Cleveland CEO who embezzled $126,000 from an employee retirement plan.

Survey: Employers taking steps to modernize total rewards

11/20/2018
As the war for talent in today’s tightening labor market intensifies, a majority of U.S. employers are taking steps to modernize their total rewards programs, according to a new survey by the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.

Guidance fleshes out paid FMLA tax credit

11/19/2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides a tax credit for paid leave provided during 2018 and 2019. The IRS has now addressed key issues related to this tax credit.

In the Payroll Mailbag: December ’18

11/19/2018
Odd apostrophe in first name causes W-2 consternation … Name or gender problem: we can’t decide

HR supervisor liable for 100% penalty

11/19/2018
An HR supervisor who became a company’s treasurer as a favor to her brothers is now on the hook for 100% of the company’s undeposited payroll taxes, after the Tax Court ruled that she was a responsible person under tax code Section 6672.

DOL names the duties your waiter can be directed to do for free

11/13/2018
The Department of Labor has issued an opinion letter confirming activities for which tipped workers need not be paid extra.

Snapshot: When was the last time you received recognition at work?

11/13/2018
Only 60% of employees surveyed said their work has been recognized in the last year.

Consistency is key to 401(k) wealth-building

11/13/2018
It may seem obvious, but now there’s research to back it up: Consistent participation in an employer-sponsored retirement plan results in higher account balances—as much as 122% higher.

Midterms to affect employment law landscape

11/08/2018
Two years of Republican control of Washington ended Nov. 6 with Democrats seizing control of the House of Representatives. That gives Democrats some say on setting the legislative agenda, including employment law issues.

Film crew: Mob flick maker stiffed us for $200K

11/06/2018
The crew that worked on the movie “Made in Chinatown,” filmed in Philadelphia last summer, want their money and they have filed a lawsuit to get it.