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Compensation & Benefits

Recruiting: Offer work-from-home option, tout opportunities to advance

It’s tough to attract the best new hires if you can’t pay as much as larger employers can. However, you may have a couple competitive advantages big companies can’t offer: the option for employees to work remotely full-time and the promise of promotion opportunities.

Friday wrap: Affordable health benefits, IRS continues enhancing online services and more

Affordable health benefits, Form 990-T, Maryland taxpayer break and more as January winds down.

Develop a process for extending FMLA leave

Every employer needs a clear process for handling requests for additional time off after an employee exhausts FMLA leave. How you handle those requests can make the difference between winning and losing a disability discrimination lawsuit.

Retirement: What HR pros need to know about SECURE 2.0

The SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022, which went into effect Jan. 1, is the latest overhaul of the nation’s retirement planning laws. Here’s what you need to know.

In the Payroll Mailbag: February ’24

Can a W-2c report $0 wages? … Does leap year impact exempts’ pay?

Information return penalties increase for 2024

Failing to file your information returns this year, failing to file in the proper medium—which for most employers is e-filing—or failing to include correct information will now cost you more.

Et tu, reissued W-2s?

Panicky phone calls to the payroll department from employees who lost their paper W-2s are as predictable as the sun rising in the east. You need a strategy for dealing with the reissued W-2 process.

Phase 2 for 2023 W-2s begins now

Corrections to the W-2s you just filed with the Social Security Administration should begin now. Reason: The earlier you fix your W-2 errors, the less you’ll pay in penalties to the IRS. Here’s the whole scoop.

W-2 Wednesdays: What to tell employees about their W-2s

This week we’re tackling your toughest job of all—trying to explain to bewildered employees what all those box entries mean and why they differ.

Takeaways from the DOL’s worker status rule

The Department of Labor released its final rule on workers’ status as employees or independent contractors a couple of weeks ago. The rule, which becomes effective March 11 (pending litigation, of course), restores the DOL’s six-part economic realities test, with an eye toward the modern economy. This rule was never meant to upset the apple cart. But some apples will fall by the wayside. Here are some things to think about now.