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28 10, 2020

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Unemployment Fraud

October 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, identity theft and fraud have increased dramatically. Massachusetts in particular has experienced a high incidence of fraudulent unemployment claims (people filing for unemployment benefits under a stolen identity). Employers and employees must be vigilant to make sure that their businesses and personal credit have not been harmed by data breaches.  For [...]

17 09, 2020

Massachusetts work from home tax guidance

September 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Massachusetts TIR 20-5 offers key tax guidance on employees who are working from home during the COVID-19 emergency. Any nonresidents who usually work in Massachusetts but are teleworking from a different location are still subject to Massachusetts income taxes. Employers must also continue to make contributions to the state’s paid family and medical leave program [...]

16 09, 2020

Exempt employee missed work: Is he now eligible for OT?

September 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Exempt employee missed work: Is he now eligible for OT? Q. This year, we hired an exempt employee and offered him a salary of $36,000. However, he took a week off from work without pay, which will lower his annual salary to below the new threshold required for exemption by the Department of Labor. Does [...]

11 09, 2020

Payroll made wage deductions, but then what happened to the money?

September 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Payroll made wage deductions, but then what happened to the money? Unremitted health plan contributions, $12K owed After you deduct health insurance premiums from wages, if you don’t remit the money to the health benefit plan in a timely manner, that can mean bad news for your company and employees. That’s what SmartCore LLC learned [...]

10 09, 2020

DOL enforcing FFCRA and other laws via in-person audits: how to prepare

September 10th, 2020|FFCRA, Recordkeeping|

Surprise visits to double-check compliance for all employers The Department of Labor (DOL) is ramping up enforcement of various laws, including the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Several employers have already been tripped up by FFCRA and what it requires, and the DOL’s been fining them for noncompliance. The agency’s also going after [...]

9 09, 2020

Telework & business costs: Covid-19 guidelines for reimbursing workers

September 9th, 2020|Covid-19, reimbursement|

Covid-19 Guidelines for Reimbursing Workers As the Covid-19 emergency continues, many employees are still working remotely, and that may mean employers have the responsibility to reimburse business expenses workers incur at home. Depending on how these expenses impact workers' income, both state and federal laws come into play. In some cases, employees may not have [...]

9 09, 2020

DOL Tool helps employees determine FFCRA eligibility

September 9th, 2020|FFCRA, Uncategorized|

The Department of Labor (DOL) has created a new online tool to help your workers see if they’re eligible for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Employer-specific features are coming soon, according to the DOL. For more info: dol.gov/agencies/whd/ffcra/benefits-eligibility-webtool

9 09, 2020

Violation of federal law: 2 weeks of self-quarantine without paid sick leave

September 9th, 2020|Covid-19, Uncategorized|

ZoomX Inc., a delivery service contractor in Katy TX, failed to provide paid sick leave to an employee whose healthcare provider advised the employee to self-quarantine for two weeks due to the coronavirus. For this violation of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, ZoomX was penalized $1700 [...]

15 07, 2020

Rehiring furloughed workers

July 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Employers who furloughed workers during the coronavirus pandemic may be close to rehiring them as many businesses start opening again. Are you aware of the guidelines you must follow during the rehiring process? Test yourself by answering True or False to the following: If a furlough lasts six months or more, employers are required to [...]

14 05, 2020

Webinar: You have a PPP loan. What’s next?

May 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Watch the webinar that Leslie Costigan hosted on May 13 about what you need to know to get your PPP loan forgiven. Read our newsletter on PPP loans (sent 5/11/2020).