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New tax law includes several key changes to employee benefits


Major tax reform legislation just passed carries important changes for employers, HR and payroll departments.

The ghosts of W-2s past need not haunt you any longer

Employees and the Social Security Administration must receive their copies of Form W-2 by Jan. 31, 2020. Added headache: robust computer security to fend off W-2 phishers. Here’s what you need to know to complete this year’s forms.

Do you hear what we hear?

We hear the groans of payroll managers who are trying to stuff 30 hours of work into 10-hour days. You can avoid the stress and still party if you take these key steps now.

Beware automatic deductions for meal times


Take note if you automatically deduct meal periods from your hourly employees’ total hours worked: Although those deductions don’t violate the Fair Labor Standards Act, they can be dangerous.

Want fees with that? McDonald’s pays $1 mil


The owners of 16 McDonald’s franchises in Pennsylvania have agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle charges they violated state law when they paid employees with fee-laden debit cards.

Holiday bonuses: Great for everyone’s morale but yours

Employees usually receive their bonuses in December, but Payroll must begin planning for them now. Here’s what you need to know.

1,099 miscellaneous reasons why you’re stressed out now

Completing Forms W-2/W-3 and getting them into employees’ and the Social Security Administration’s hands on time is challenging enough. Your stress compounds exponentially if you also handle Forms 1099-MISC for the company’s independent contractors. Here’s what you need to know for the upcoming 1099 filing season.

Master compliance challenges that follow natural disasters

Unless planned and executed properly, employers’ emergency procedures may run afoul of many federal, state and local employment laws.

2018 FICA wage base, withholding allowances, retirement contributions


The Social Security Administration has announced that the taxable wage base for the Social Security portion of FICA will increase to $128,700 in 2018. The amount employees can contribute to 401(k) and 403(b) retirement accounts will increase to $18,500 for 2018.

All-States Chart on Worker Classification Tests

To ensure that you stay on the right side of worker classificiation, this chart lists the states and the tests they use to determine workers’ status.