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DOL nods to one-duty rule for highly compensated employees

The Department of Labor has concluded in an opinion letter to an inquiring employer that paralegals who earn $100,000 or more could qualify for the administrative exemption, if they performed one duty of an exempt administrator.

Fix it fast: Paying new hires semimonthly

Employees don’t know pay periods; they know they get paid every two weeks. But there is a difference between paying biweekly and semimonthly. And that difference comes into play when employees come onto or leave the payroll in the middle of a pay period.

Final regs allow SSN truncation on W-2s

In an effort to stem the tide of tax-related identity theft, final regulations allow you to truncate employees’ Social Security numbers on all W-2 copies, except Copy A, which is filed with the Social Security Administration.

Manage legal risks of telecommuter workforce

Before embracing remote work as an option in your organization, know what you’re getting into. You’ll need to manage three kinds of telecommuting risks: workplace safety, time tracking and compliance with local laws.

EEOC will end EEO-1 compensation data collection after this year

The EEO-1 Component 2 data that most employers and federal contractors must submit by Sept. 30 will mark the one and only time the EEOC collects compensation data, according to an EEOC Notice of Information Collection published in the Federal Register on Sept. 12.

October 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

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

Double whammy in store for ACA free riders

The IRS has begun enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s free-rider penalties against approximately 50,000 applicable large employers it suspects didn’t offer at least 95% of their full-time employees and their dependents affordable, minimum value group health benefits during 2017.

In the Payroll Mailbag: September ’19

Questions for the Social Security Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Office of Child Support Enforcement.

2020 adjustments for group health plans set

The Department of Health and Human Services and the IRS have released their inflation adjusted figures for group health plans for the 2020 calendar year.

IRS provides post-audit payroll tax advice

Payroll audits that result in tax underpayments have an unexpected, ugly side effect: employees will have additional FICA-taxable income. Worse: You may be completely out-of-pocket for the underwithheld income taxes that are now due. The IRS, in technical advice to auditors, instructs them on how to handle this additional income and taxes.