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Compensation & Benefits

Supreme Court won’t fast-track Affordable Care Act challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 21 denied a motion for a quick hearing on a challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Half want something other than biweekly pay

While 50% of workers prefer to be paid biweekly, 26% say they’d rather be paid weekly, 10% monthly and 10% semimonthly, according to a Paychex survey.

Joint employer? 3 scenarios to help you decide

The new Department of Labor joint-employer rule that takes effect March 16 will make it less likely that more than one employer will be held liable for the same federal wage-and-hour violation. Here are three scenarios that illustrate how the rule will apply.

Liability lurks in work-sponsored ‘happy hour’

Employers that encourage after-work get-togethers may want to temper the social expectations they place on employees, depending on how a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case turns out. The state’s highest court will decide whether attending such events counts as work.

In the Payroll Mailbag: February ’20

Are leave donations to a local charity taxable? … What qualifies as a tax-free achievement award?

Special analysis: Good records save tax penalties

Tax audits are all about your records. Have good, accurate and complete records and you will walk away from an audit relatively unscathed. Have sloppy, incomplete and inaccurate records and you will needlessly pay tax penalties. Two cases are illustrative.

New NACHA protocol squelches direct deposit phishing

NACHA—the electronic payments organization behind all electronic banking transactions, including direct deposit—has developed a standard, voluntary protocol to help employees’ banks fight direct deposit-related ID theft.

More lawsuits winning class-action status

Employees managed to convert individual lawsuits against their employers into class actions at a record-breaking clip in 2019, according to the Seyfarth Shaw law firm’s annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report.

Snapshot: Your employees’ top financial stressors

The looming threat of the unexpected is what causes workers the most financial stress.

DOL rule narrows ‘joint employer’ status

A new Department of Labor rule tightens the definition of what constitutes a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act, making it less likely that more than one entity can be held liable for the same federal wage-and-hour violations.