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Cost of an easily learned lesson: $7.4 million

One of the most avoidable lawsuits in many years has finally settled, leaving an important lesson for employers: If you plan to break the law, do not announce your intentions in front of a roomful of employees who will be harmed by your decision.

Federal court revives EEO-1 pay reporting requirement

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on March 4 vacated a Trump administration stay of an EEO-1 reporting requirement that was promulgated during the Obama administration but never implemented.

Get an A+ for supporting employees’ education

A private letter ruling from the IRS may provide you with a novel option to help employees through your 401(k) plan.

In the Payroll Mailbag: March ’19

No, this isn’t a valid W-4 … No, that’s not the employee’s official start date

DOL clarifies how to calculate exempts’ total pay

The Department of Labor concluded in an opinion letter to an inquiring employer that its pay plan didn’t satisfy the Fair Labor Standards Act, because employees’ actual pay didn’t bear a reasonable relationship to their guaranteed weekly pay.

Group health plans have new reporting responsibilities

A new federal law, the Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT ACT), expands the Medicare-as-secondary-payer rule.

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.