Monthly Archives: September 2018

Appeals Court makes key decision in meal break case

    Companies just won a major victory regarding meal breaks and compensable time in one state.   An appeals court ruled a fast-food chain was well within its rights to control the terms of a benefit it offered workers on their meal breaks.   Should time be paid?   In Rodriguez v. Taco Bell [...]

September 28th, 2018|Timekeeping|

Supreme Court ruling bans certain union deductions

    A recent Supreme Court decision has changed the way Payroll deducts union fees from workers’ paychecks.   Because of the outcome of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, employees who aren’t members of public unions no longer have to pay extra fees.   The rights of nonmembers   The case centered on an Illinois [...]

September 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Business was slow – and then FLSA violations quickly added up to $4.2M

  Legal Guidelines for workers who spend time waiting   In most cases, employees must be paid when they’re waiting for work to do during their shifts, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).   If they aren’t there can be serious consequences, as one California car wash operator learned.   Vahid Delrahim owned [...]

September 28th, 2018|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)|

New bills could change rules for HSAs: Potential impact on Payroll

Larger limits on pre-tax contributions & more   Big changes could be coming to health savings accounts (HSAs), if two bills currently in the Senate move forward.   The first bill, H.R. 6311 or the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, would update the contribution limits for [...]

September 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

IRS revises form for payroll deduction agreements

  The IRS has updated yet another form you encounter in Payroll, so it’s important to make sure you’re using the correct version.   For 2159, Payroll Deduction Agreement, was revised in July 2018.   Employer requirements   As a reminder, the form is used when an employee attempts to make an arrangement with the [...]

September 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Identity theft rising for businesses: Why the IRS may ask you to help

ETAAC report discusses how payroll can fight fraud   The IRS is still trying to protect taxpayers from identity theft – and soon, the agency may give Payroll a bigger role in fraud prevention.   According to the latest annual report from the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC), the agency should prioritize working more [...]

September 14th, 2018|Identity Theft|