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Compensation & Benefits

ACA poverty line safe harbor set for 2020 plan year

Under the Affordable Care Act’s federal poverty line safe harbor, group health benefits are affordable during the 2020 plan year if employees don’t pay more than $103.99 per month.

Feeling insecure about the SECURE Act?

The ink is barely dry on the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019—the SECURE Act—which was included in a year-end 2019 appropriations bill. Yet it’s evident the IRS will have its hands full clarifying the law.

In the Payroll Mailbag: April ’20

What are disposable earnings for garnishment purposes? … Can a widower change his pretax cafeteria plan deductions?

Tax-exempt orgs due refunds on cost of employees’ parking

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act repeals the UBIT levied on tax-exempt employers for the cost of employees’ parking, retroactive to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. So you may be due a refund for 2017 and 2018.

No vacation pay payout for employee who was fired

Can your vacation pay policy deny employees their accrued vacation pay if they are fired or quit without giving notice? Yes, according to a Colorado appeals court, which ruled that an employer’s policy of not paying accrued vacation pay to an employee who was fired was valid.

IRS previews changes to withholding in proposed regs

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have suspended the personal exemption amount, and with that, withholding allowances, but to avoid confusion and nomenclature problems, a singular withholding allowance still exists, according to proposed regulations.

IRS spells out paid sick, family leave documentation requirements

New guidance from the IRS states that employees must submit written requests to document their need for paid sick leave and paid family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Snapshot: How are nonexempts recording their hours?

Employees may be working remotely, but it’s still critical to accurately track nonexempt hours worked. Here’s how employers are handling that task.

5 management strategies to cut UI expenses

The coronavirus, which rampaged through the economy like wildfire, has everyone focused on unemployment benefits. To secure the lowest contribution rate possible, you’re going to need to keep extraneous benefits charges off your state unemployment account. There are five strategies every manager can implement right now.

DOL issues employer guidance on leave provisions of FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued a new round of guidance telling employers how to comply with the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits written into the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that went into effect April 1.