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Compensation & Benefits

Court rules California’s auto-IRA program is legal

A federal trial court has ruled that California’s Secure Choices law—which mandates that small employers that don’t already have retirement plans enroll employees into auto-deduction IRAs and withhold the contributions from their pay—isn’t an ERISA-covered retirement plan.

W-2 Box 9: On again, off again

The 2019 W-2 is largely unchanged. Box 9, however, is again shaded out.

In the Payroll Mailbag: August ‘19

Breaking down an employee’s travel time … Three questions on figuring the regular rate of pay

Payroll FYI: General interest letters from the IRS

The IRS is a prodigious publisher. Here are digests of three general interest letters.

Final regs cover duties of CPEOs and clients

Final regulations firm up the requirements for certified professional employer organization status and also affect clients’ relationships with CPEOs.

Tales from tax protestor land: Revoke your visa right away

You can’t tug on Superman’s cape, you can’t spit into the wind and you can’t mess around with income tax withholding. This message seems to have slipped by one individual taxpayer and one business taxpayer, both of whom ended up in the IRS’ cross hairs.

Taxpayer First Act impacts payroll administration

The bulk of the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 deals with updating and modernizing the IRS. The payroll provisions, however, may not be so easy to swallow.

Are bonuses the key to hourly retention?

Some employers have decided that significant investments in bonus plans are worth a try. They’re making even low-level retail and restaurant staff eligible—even part-timers.

Snapshot: Few employers pay 100% of health premiums

83% of employers require employees to pay part of health insurance premiums.

On World Cup bandwagon, NY enacts equal pay laws

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo chose an apt setting to sign legislation mandating equal pay for substantially equal work, regardless of an employee’s protected class.