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Compensation & Benefits

Reimburse employees when they use their cars for company business

Here’s a reminder that in California, employers are re­­spon­­sible for making sure workers are reimbursed for any expenses they incur while doing their jobs if the expenses benefit their employer.

Include travel time pay when figuring OT

Do you have workers you pay a set amount for travel time from one location to another during the day? If so, that payment probably must be included in “hours worked” for calculating overtime payments for the week.

St. Paul’s $15 minimum wage will start phasing in July 1

By July 1, 2022, the city government and large employers will have to pay workers $15 per hour. Small businesses will have until July 1, 2027 to hit that mark.

Minn. state legislature weighs health public option

A proposal to expand MinnesotaCare will face a more friendly reception in this year’s state legislature, but still may face an uphill battle.

Court tightens unemployment comp ‘quit rule’

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeals of Minnesota showed it is reluctant to give leeway under an unemployment compensation benefits rule that sometimes allows a worker receiving unemployment benefits to quit a new job if the worker deems it “unsuitable” to his skills and experience.

Get an A+ for supporting employees’ education

A private letter ruling from the IRS may provide you with a novel option to help employees through your 401(k) plan.

In the Payroll Mailbag: March ’19

No, this isn’t a valid W-4 … No, that’s not the employee’s official start date

DOL clarifies how to calculate exempts’ total pay

The Department of Labor concluded in an opinion letter to an inquiring employer that its pay plan didn’t satisfy the Fair Labor Standards Act, because employees’ actual pay didn’t bear a reasonable relationship to their guaranteed weekly pay.

Group health plans have new reporting responsibilities

A new federal law, the Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT ACT), expands the Medicare-as-secondary-payer rule.

Labor/ERISA penalties have been updated for 2019

The Department of Labor has announced the 2019 inflation adjustments to penalties for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the FMLA and ERISA.