Payroll Today

Here we are again—Friday, almost the middle of July, still no baseball and, worse, no ice cream trucks, either. But don’t fret, we’ve got a bunch of things for you to mull over.
Congressional leaders seem to have reluctantly concluded they will probably need to pass another round of pandemic relief in the next couple of weeks.
Employees who telecommute don’t park in your office building’s parking lot. And that would be a blessing not-so-much-in-disguise, since you could avoid the IRS’ rather onerous proposed regulations disallowing your corporate deduction for the cost (not value) of employees’ parking.
Let’s review a few last payroll issues before the holiday weekend.
Employees just getting back to the office may be reluctant to schedule time off, either because they have a lot to do or because they don’t want to be seen as dispensable. But you’ll run headlong into a Payroll and HR catastrophe if you have a use-it-or-lose-it PTO policy.
As states continue to open up, IRS employees who work at campuses located in those states are getting back to work, too. They, like you, have a lot to do.
The Department of Labor has issued a Field Assistance Bulletin to guide its investigators in determining whether employers improperly denied paid leave to qualified employees.
A Friday without yet another interim final rule on the paycheck protection program would be like summer without soul-murdering heat and humidity. We’re happy to report the Small Business Administration hasn’t let us down. Other federal agencies are at it, too.
Like my dentist’s office, workplaces all over the country are adapting. How do you bring people back to work effectively?
Due to the overall drop in elective healthcare spending, group health insurers are providing rebates to group health plans. But rebates attributable to employees’ pretax contributions are most likely taxable.