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More HEROES and so far no villains: House tries one last time for pandemic relief

Tick, tick, tick. That’s the sound of the legislative calendar. It’s winding down and this may be the last, best chance for injecting another shot of pandemic-related relief into the economy.

Payroll tax deferral? Most employers say ‘no’

A coalition of 34 major trade associations said most of their members refused to stop withholding payroll taxes, arguing that the deferral would hurt employees more than help because workers would likely be on the hook for all those taxes in early 2021.

Last Friday in September: More FAQs, more disaster relief, PPP news and other good stuff

Here are some items you may have missed during the hustle and bustle of the week.

Time, time again: Fall back on Nov. 1

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour to standard time at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 1.

Be ready to reimburse teleworker expenses

Employers may need to pay employees back for some infrastructure improvements they had to make so they could work remotely.

Consider hazard pay to fill essential positions

Once upon a time, hazard pay was an incentive to entice workers to perform jobs that were themselves dangerous—think firefighting or defusing explosives. In the coronavirus pandemic era, hazard pay is being granted to delivery drivers, grocery cashiers and many other jobs now deemed “essential.”

Let’s talk about PTO and payroll taxes

Employees just getting back to the office may be reluctant to schedule time off, either because they have a lot to do or because they don’t want to be seen as dispensable. But you’ll run headlong into a Payroll and HR catastrophe if you have a use-it-or-lose-it PTO policy.

August 2020: Employer’s business tax calendar

Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

In the Payroll Mailbag: July ’20

Beware the trap with deferrals … Can a missed deferred deposit be made up?

No day camp…no problem: Paid FMLA leave may still apply

According to the Department of Labor, paid FMLA leave isn’t available after schools close for the summer, because that’s not a coronavirus-related reason. But, up to 12 weeks of paid FMLA leave may be available, if camps or other programs in which employees’ kids were enrolled didn’t open due to the coronavirus.