A number of states have minimum-wage rates tied to inflation. As such, we are just starting to see announcements letting employers know how much their pay rates will increase in 2019. If you live in such a state, now is the time to start thinking...Read more
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Federal law requires employers to obtain Social Security numbers from all new hires. Social Security numbers are used to report wages and withholding. It is also the employer's responsibility to verify Social Security numbers at the time of hire. So...Read more
In an effort to combat what is perceived as unfair lending in the cash advance market, some employers offer workers cash advances against their pay. These cash advances are short-term loans for all intents and purposes. They meet the need for...Read more
Employing workers in multiple states or across state lines creates additional challenges for payroll departments. Among those challenges are reciprocal tax agreements. Such agreements determine how much in state income taxes is withheld and paid on...Read more
Things are certainly looking up for the U.S. labor market. Companies are hiring, wages are increasing, and there now appear to be more job openings than there are workers to fill them. But what can be good for the economy overall can be challenging...Read more
Employers choosing to offer pension and health insurance benefits to employees are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974. Since the federal law was enacted, employees have enjoyed a certain level of protection by a...Read more
Among the many forms new hires fill out is the federal W-4 form. As you probably already know, this is the form that employers use for withholding and reporting purposes. How a new hire fills out this form directly affects the amount of federal...Read more
The terms 'premium overtime' and 'differential pay' are sometimes used interchangeably. This is not a problem most of the time. However, the terms represent two different kinds of pay that do matter when it comes to calculating employee pay...Read more
If you are old enough to remember the introduction of the PC, you probably also remember that we were all promised a world with less paperwork as a result of adopting computer technology. Well, it hasn't worked out that way. You know this to be true...Read more