Monthly Archives: September 2017

Hiring man at different pay rate than woman sparks suit, costs $30K

Feds said employer violated equal pay act   It can pay to double-check employees’ salaries to make sure men and women who do, in large part, the same jobs are paid equally.   After all, if you’re not regularly looking at existing employee’s salaries, it can be easy to pay someone a salary that violates [...]

September 29th, 2017|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), New hire|

Court strikes down OT rule: Key takeaways for Payroll

DOL’s $47,476 salary threshold too high   The 2016 overtime rule has been stopped in its tracks by a federal judge. That means Payroll no longer has to worry about a sudden, sharp increase in the number of employees needing to be paid time-and-a-half.   If you already had this number memorized -- $47,476 – [...]

September 29th, 2017|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime, Timekeeping|

Big changes coming to boost info security when filing IRS returns

  Preventing identity theft with new data safeguards   Cybersecurity and identity theft are key concerns of the IRS, as evidenced by the latest edition of the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee’s (ETAAC) annual report to Congress.   This year, as part of its identity theft prevention strategy, ETAAC announced several new security initiatives that’ll [...]

September 20th, 2017|Hacking, Identity Theft, W-2s, W2 Requirements|

Improper rounding comes back to cost employer $296,836

  Be prepared to show the overall impact isn’t a negative one   There’s a common, and understandable, line of thinking that rounding nonexempt employees’ hours to a set time works because their hours will even out over time.   But this practice has come under scrutiny, warned Tammy McCutchen, attorney and former administrator of [...]

September 14th, 2017|Overtime, Recordkeeping, Timekeeping|

Employer out 225K for asking new hires for a specific document

Watch which documents you request from new workers   By now, most savvy companies know they must treat everyone equally during the hiring process and work-authorization process.   But that hasn’t stopped this disturbing trend: The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) has been slapping employers with hefty penalties for not treating U.S. citizens and non-citizens the [...]

September 14th, 2017|Form I-9, New hire|