12 05, 2022

Sign-on bonuses may need to be included in OT calculations

May 12th, 2022|compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime|

Home health company owed $25K after DOL investigation Getting employees in the door with sign-on bonuses can help a company through a hiring crunch, but a new employee's bonus may need to be included in the regular rate of pay for overtime purposes. In fact, the Department of Labor (DOL) has been checking for compliance [...]

6 05, 2022

Employee’s last day: how much pay should be included in final check?

May 6th, 2022|compensation, Timekeeping|

Termination pay is riddled with potential problems, as a recent federal district court case shows. In Garcia v. Wal-Mart, an employee clocked in for work and a few minutes later was called into a meeting with his supervisor, where he learned of his termination. He then left the premises, and his co-worker clocked him out [...]

29 04, 2022

How Under-the-Table Pay Hurts Both Employer and Employee

April 29th, 2022|compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), hiring, Recordkeeping|

For the most concise and clear explanation of how under-the-table pay hurts both employer and employee and six fixes, check out this article:

20 04, 2022

Interviewing new workers? 4 types of questions you should be asking

April 20th, 2022|hiring|

Since the Great Resignation is still in full swing, it's key to get the right employees in the door to fill any job openings. To better wade through the sea of applicants and increase your chances of successfully onboarding and retaining new people, you need to start off on the right foot during the interview [...]

15 04, 2022

Looking for the best wording for employee notifications?

April 15th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Federal, state, or local laws might require you to send notices to employees regarding their pay. Or, you might voluntarily decide to beef up communications. Before you spend time searching for just the right words, find out whether the government entity has already done the work for you. For example, in Notice 2021-53, the IRS [...]

7 04, 2022

Is that job-seeker telling the truth? 3 in 10 people have lied on resumes

April 7th, 2022|hiring|

Applicants exaggerate their experience, credentials, and more According to a recent survey, 32% of Americans admit to fibbing on their resumes to make themselves look more appealing to potential employers. What are the top reasons for lies on job-hunters' resumes? Here are the responses to the survey: to improve my chances of getting hired [...]

25 03, 2022

Country club penalized for not including commissions in OT calculations

March 25th, 2022|compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime|

Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville TN violated the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and had to pay 12 workers $93,750 in back overtime wages and damages. Employees--who provided lessons, merchandise sales, and equipment services to members and guests of the Club--didn't receive the proper overtime pay because commissions were not included [...]

17 03, 2022

Is remote work included in employee handbook?

March 17th, 2022|Remote work|

If remote work, or in some cases a mix of on-site and remote work, is here to stay at your company, take a look at your employee handbook. (If you don't have an employee handbook, you can create one in minutes with our HR product.) In 2020, the quick pivot to work-from-home arrangements left little [...]

11 03, 2022

Taxable fringe benefits? IRS provides 2022 amounts

March 11th, 2022|2022 Tax Changes, employee benefits|

Avoid surprises about what must be included in income The IRS has released the 2022 dollar amounts about what must be included in employees' gross income. Here's an update of what's taxable and what's not for fringe benefits your company offers employees. Commuting benefits For qualified transportation fringe benefits, the 2022 monthly exclusion amount will [...]

3 03, 2022

Are you paying workers when shift is cut short?

March 3rd, 2022|compensation|

If your business pays hourly workers, are you aware that you need to pay them for the full shift if they show up to work and then their shift hours are cut? This law applies to employers in MA and NH as well as some other states. Read more here.