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What rules apply for paying an employee who has passed away?

Q. If a worker dies, could we still have to pay his or her wages earned before the time of his or her death?

What are the rules for paying an employee who cannot be located?

Q. One of our workers has gone missing. Could we still have to pay him for the time he worked before he disappeared?

ACA affordability safe harbors set for 2020 plan year

For the 2020 plan year, group health plans are affordable if employees’ monthly premiums don’t exceed 9.78% of your chosen safe harbor.

Special analysis: Hot job market + cool fringes = Payroll headaches

The unemployment rate hasn’t been this low in more than 50 years. So HR is tasked with coming up with fringe benefits that will incentivize new hires to sign on and entice current employees to stay. Too bad they didn’t consult you first.

SSA reinstates employer no-match letters

The Social Security Administration is again sending no-match letters, called Educational Correspondence Announcements, to employers that file W-2s on which employees’ names and Social Security numbers don’t match its records. Warning: W-2s with these mismatches may also garner penalties from the IRS.

Fright night for your year-end processes

There will be no skeletons jumping out of closets or floating pumpkins glaring at you if you take care of these early year-end tasks now.

Accurate pay statements: your responsibility

It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure employees receive accurate wage statements with each paycheck. That’s true even if the employee hasn’t provided an accurate accounting of time worked.

Employee gets to prove OT claim, employer’s willfulness

“I didn’t know an employee worked overtime” won’t get you far if a manager flouts the overtime rules, a federal trial court has held. Worse: The court is letting a jury decide whether the employer acted willfully when it failed to pay overtime to the employee.

How to successfully navigate payroll overpayments

Recouping overpayments from employees can be a good experience, but often isn’t. Here’s some guidance from Barbara Youngman and LaTisha O’Neal to attendees at the American Payroll Association’s 36 Annual Congress in May.

Supreme Court: Public sector workers can’t be forced to pay union fees

Expect the decision to substantially weaken public-sector unions—which traditionally support Democratic candidates—as this ruling likely means the unions will likely see a large drop in funding.