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Labor/ERISA penalties have been updated for 2019

The Department of Labor has announced the 2019 inflation adjustments to penalties for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the FMLA and ERISA.

Manager’s lies are no excuse for failing to deposit taxes

Almost nothing will excuse a failure to deposit payroll taxes. Reason: Depositing payroll taxes is a nondelegable duty, so even if you assign this task to someone inside or outside the company, you’re still on the hook if your taxes aren’t deposited.

Underwithheld employees get a break on their 2018 1040s

Approximately 30 million taxpayers will owe the tax underpayment penalty when they file their 2018 1040s because they didn’t have enough income taxes withheld or their estimated tax payments fell short.

Gig economy: Legal and practical considerations for employers

As new gig economy options to engage employees emerge, here are seven areas of concern that employers may want to consider.

Social Security Administration no-match letters are back

SSA no-match letters will be sent out for any discrepancy found on W-2 forms, whether or not the employer uses the government’s online E-Verify employment eligibility verification system.

Regulations galore from the IRS, DOL and HHS!

Here are digests of proposed regulations and related guidance issued by the IRS, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services.

In the Payroll Mailbag: February ’19

Are expenses paid directly to third parties still taxable? … Are parking stipends excludable as transportation fringes?

Walkin’ on sunshine (once we spring forward)

Daylight-saving time begins at 2:00 a.m., March 10, 2019.

‘Fair reading’ of FLSA exemptions gets a test drive

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Encino Motors v. Navarro that exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act should be given a “fair reading,” instead of a narrow construction. Two federal appellate court decisions have put their stamp on just what counts as a fair reading.

Special analysis: Free lunch or employer heartburn?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s extension of the 50% corporate deduction limit to convenience meals shines a new light on these meals and has allowed the IRS to refine its previous guidance.