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ACA roundup

The Department of Health and Human Services has released its final notice of benefit and payment parameters for the 2017 plan year and the Department of Labor has finalized changes to the summary of benefits and coverage template.

School’s out, hire carefully

There’s a lot to know before you hire a teen for a summer job.

High Court OKs statistical analyses to figure unpaid time

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employees at a meat processing plant may use statistical analyses to prove that they weren’t paid for their changing time in class action lawsuits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Pay secrecy policies may no longer stand up

States and the federal government are cracking down on payroll confidentiality policies.

I now pronounce you married filing jointly

June often brings a flood of weddings, but they can also bring Social Security problems.

In the Army now! Summer pay for military-connected staff

Employees who are in the National Guard and Reserves usually serve their two weeks during the summer. Others may be called away suddenly to clean up the remnants of a hurricane. Here’s what you need to do now.

Bonus time is headache time for the professionals in payroll

If you’ll be paying nonexempts an annual bonus this month, and they’ve worked overtime during the year, you need to go back over the entire year, figure those bonuses into their regular rates of pay and then refigure their overtime rates. Let’s do the math.

You provide vacation. Why don’t employees take it?

Memorial Day—the unofficial start to summer—just whizzed by, which means that employees will be scrambling to take vacation days, extending long weekends and otherwise causing havoc with scheduling. Or maybe not.

June 2016: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

Special analysis: Severance policies may be ERISA plans

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with withholding and reporting taxes, federal appellate courts have recently chimed in on whether and how ERISA, the federal benefits law, applies to severance pay policies.