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Compensation & Benefits

DOL proposes new rule on tipped workers’ pay

Employees who rely on tips for most of their income might have to do more work for less than the minimum wage under a proposed rule issued Oct. 7 by the Department of Labor.

Play by overtime rules or be prepared to pay

Don’t try to game the system by making workers clock out and keep working, failing to record extra time worked or suggesting that the extra hours constitute “volunteer” work.

FICA wage base increases to $137,700 in 2020

The Social Security Administration has announced that the 2020 taxable wage base for the Social Security portion of FICA increases to $137,700.

27% of adults have a pre-existing condition

An analysis by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation finds that almost 54 million people—or 27% of all adults under age 65—have pre-existing health conditions that would likely have made them uninsurable in the individual markets that existed in most states before the Affordable Care Act.

If court scraps ACA, administration wants to delay law’s demise

The Trump administration plans to seek a stay if the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals invalidates the Affordable Care Act when it issues a ruling in Texas v. Azar—a case in which the Justice Department advocated invalidating the ACA in its entirety.

Bay area bistro forks over more than $172k in overtime

New Thai Bistro in Alameda County will pay 14 employees $172,862 after investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the restaurant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Financial wellness benefits vary among employers

A new survey found that, among employers interested in offering financial wellness benefits to their employees, even defining what the term means can vary greatly.

November 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

Is your organization suffering ‘appreciation depletion’? Formalize a recognition program

The vast majority of employers make efforts to recognize employee accomplishments and, increasingly, they’re doing so through formal companywide recognition programs.

What’s the new retirement plan designed for small New York employers?

Q. We are a small employer and don’t have a retirement savings plan. An employee just asked us about what he described as a new retirement plan that won’t cost us anything. What’s that all about?