State Laws & Charts

Are substitutes for SSNs now allowable on the new W-4 form? … Which W-4 form for rehires: the original, or must they refile using 2020 form? … Plus an all-states chart on 2020 W-4 forms.
The Department of Labor delivered an early holiday gift to employers on Dec. 12, releasing final regulations on how to calculate the regular rate of pay on which overtime pay is based.
Use this chart to determine whether you must report health benefits on employees’ W-2s.
The federal FMLA doesn’t cover employees who take time off for school visits or to care for kids who aren’t seriously ill but who must stay home from school. That’s the province of state laws.
There are three basic payroll tests for worker classification: the IRS’ 20-factor test, the Department of Labor’s six-factor test and the ABC test.
The IRS is serious about changing withholding for 2020. Just one week after releasing the draft W-4, it has released a draft of the employer’s instructions—new Pub. 15-T.
The Department of Labor has proposed regulations that would tweak the payments that can and can’t be excluded from employees’ regular rate calculations when you’re figuring their overtime rates.
A California appeals court ruled that an employer was liable for penalty wages because its failure to pay was willful. Key: The employer suspected the wage rate had increased, but continued paying at the old rate after only halfheartedly investigating its suspicions that the wage rate had increased.
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.

Vote early, vote often

October 21, 2018

While more employees may be voting by mail this year, others will still make a trip to the voting booth. You can help by letting employees take time off from work to vote. In fact, you may not have much choice in the matter; some states require you to give employees this time off.