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Compensation & Benefits

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.

Equal pay: Document how and why jobs differ

The Equal Pay Act requires employers to pay members of each sex the same for performing work that is substantially the same. The only way for an employer to defend an EPA lawsuit is to prove that the jobs aren’t substantially similar—or that the pay difference is attributable to some factor other than sex.

Sorry, you can’t expense that new Lamborghini

Finance departments know they need to keep a close eye on employees’ expense reports. That hasn’t stemmed the flow of eyebrow-raising reimbursement requests some employees have submitted, according to a new Robert Half Management Resources survey.