Payroll Today

Early in the pandemic, employees started suing their employers for anything from denying them paid leave to requiring them to work in unsafe conditions. The causes of action have changed, as have the issues the pandemic is generating, but the lawsuits keep coming. Here’s the latest.
As an administrative convenience during the pandemic, lots of state tax agencies just allowed you to continue to withhold for employees’ work states when employees were working remotely in other states. Since the pandemic seems to be receding for real now, states are withdrawing this guidance and reinstating withholding requirements for remote employees. Here’s what we have so far.
Whether this is a win will have to wait for another day.

Only the lonely?

June 21, 2021

While chronic loneliness increases the risk of mental and physical health issues for employees, employers are not off the hook, either. Companies can experience higher turnover, lost productivity and higher rates of absences as a result of chronic loneliness. So it’s in everyone’s interest to stay connected.
Lots to cover today, including the issue of whether to make your usual payroll tax deposit on this very new federal holiday.
Unemployment taxes follow employees’ work state. But sometimes that’s not as simple as it sounds.
Most plaintiffs haven’t gotten in front of a court yet. But one group of plaintiffs in Texas did and their case was dismissed. That’s good news if you’re thinking of requiring employees to get their shots before coming back to work.
OSHA’s recommendations to employers in the process of reopening are really just common sense. And, unless you’re in the health care business, everything is advisory.
The IRS has released 105 frequently asked questions on the American Rescue Plan’s changes to the pandemic-related paid-leave payroll tax credits.
Here’s our first, official June Friday wrap. Read it and then go to the beach.