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Compensation & Benefits

Key question for unemployment benefits: Did employee quit or was he fired?

11/28/2018
Employees who quit their jobs aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. But if the employee believed the employer had already terminated him, then not showing up for work won’t count as quitting. He may be eligible for benefits.

Child-care needs may qualify for unemployment

11/28/2018
Employees who lose access to child-care services and who request an accommodation from their employer in order to keep working are eligible for unemployment benefits if their employer does not make the accommodation and the employee has to quit because she can’t find alternative care.

Steal pension funds, go to jail

11/27/2018
A joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service has led to the conviction of a Cleveland CEO who embezzled $126,000 from an employee retirement plan.

Survey: Employers taking steps to modernize total rewards

11/20/2018
As the war for talent in today’s tightening labor market intensifies, a majority of U.S. employers are taking steps to modernize their total rewards programs, according to a new survey by the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.

Guidance fleshes out paid FMLA tax credit

11/19/2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides a tax credit for paid leave provided during 2018 and 2019. The IRS has now addressed key issues related to this tax credit.

In the Payroll Mailbag: December ’18

11/19/2018
Odd apostrophe in first name causes W-2 consternation … Name or gender problem: we can’t decide

HR supervisor liable for 100% penalty

11/19/2018
An HR supervisor who became a company’s treasurer as a favor to her brothers is now on the hook for 100% of the company’s undeposited payroll taxes, after the Tax Court ruled that she was a responsible person under tax code Section 6672.

DOL names the duties your waiter can be directed to do for free

11/13/2018
The Department of Labor has issued an opinion letter confirming activities for which tipped workers need not be paid extra.

Snapshot: When was the last time you received recognition at work?

11/13/2018
Only 60% of employees surveyed said their work has been recognized in the last year.

Consistency is key to 401(k) wealth-building

11/13/2018
It may seem obvious, but now there’s research to back it up: Consistent participation in an employer-sponsored retirement plan results in higher account balances—as much as 122% higher.