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Compensation & Benefits

Court upholds ‘13 Hour Rule’ for 24-hour home health aides

05/06/2019
The New York State Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that will have a significant positive impact on home care agencies across the state.

What is the latest information on running FMLA leave concurrently with other leave?

04/30/2019
Q. We don’t have a policy on using FMLA leave concurrently with other leave. Therefore, sometimes employees will ask to use up their paid leave first and then use unpaid FMLA leave. This seems to occur most often with maternity leave, as some new mothers like to have extra time off. Of course, we know about the need for FMLA leave since we know the employee is pregnant. We’ve heard that the DOL now requires us to run leave concurrently. Is this true?

Wellness may help workers more than employers

04/30/2019
Workplace wellness programs may benefit employees, but they don’t necessarily improve organizational effectiveness.

June 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

04/30/2019
Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Federal vs. New York overtime rules: Do board, lodging and other allowances count?

04/24/2019
Q. Currently, to satisfy the New York state overtime rules, we include board, lodging and other allowances and facilities in that salary. We hit the $679 salary level contemplated in the federal DOL regs already if we include that amount. Do we have to back that amount off?

Start preparing now for new exempt overtime salary threshold

04/24/2019
Employers interested in avoiding a big jump in their overtime costs should dust off plans they probably made in preparation for implementing the 2016 Obama-era proposed salary threshold rule.

One-third of employers offer student debt benefits

04/23/2019
Employers are offering more help to employees weighed down by student debt, a burden carried by about 70% of college graduates.

Hurricane relief is in your leave/retirement plans

04/18/2019
The 2019 hurricane season will begin soon. However, the 2018 hurricane season is hardly a thing of the past.

In the Payroll Mailbag: May ’19

04/18/2019
What qualifies as a 401(k) hardship distribution? … What payments are subject to child support withholding?

Penalty notices are in the mail for Form 1095-C non-filers

04/18/2019
Forms 1095-C/1094-C, which applicable large employers file with the IRS to report offers of group health coverage made to full-time employees, are information returns. Fail to file those forms outright and you’ll be liable for hefty information return penalties.