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DOL rule updates tip-sharing rules for restaurant workers

Waiters and bartenders can be required to share their tips with cooks, dishwashers and other back-of-the-house food service workers under a final rule issued Dec. 22 by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Prepare to start paying for home office costs

During the initial migration to home offices, many employees gladly picked up the incidental costs of working remotely. That probably won’t last.

A shot in the arm is worth two questions, at least

Can you require employees to get vaccinated? And must your group health plan cover the expense cost-free to employees?

DOL: Include covid hazard pay when determining overtime rate

Employers must factor coronavirus-related hazard pay into an employee’s regular rate of pay when calculating how much to pay for overtime hours.

W-2 reporting: Some good news and bad news from the IRS

When filing your 2020 W-2 forms, the IRS says the e-filing threshold will stay at 250, meaning organizations filing 250 or more W-2s must file electronically. The bad news: W-2 filing will be complicated this time around.

When to pay for travel time: 3 scenarios

A new Department of Labor opinion letter answers questions about when employers must pay for time employees spend traveling to and from worksites. Opinion letter FLSA2020-16 addresses three scenarios.

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.