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29 01, 2022

OT issues put firm on wrong side of the law

January 29th, 2022|compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime, Recordkeeping|

Slocumb Law Firm LLC in Auburn AL paid $26,496 in back wages and damages to 42 workers for violation of the recordkeeping and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The employees didn’t receive overtime pay when they worked more than 40 hours during a workweek. The law firm also didn’t keep accurate records [...]

21 01, 2022

Employee fired after FMLA leave request was ignored

January 21st, 2022|FMLA|

BFI Waste Management in Little Rock, AR was ordered to pay a worker $36,007 in back wages. The company had fired the worker for being absent, even though the employee had informed a supervisor of the need for FMLA leave and the leave was approved by the company’s third-party FMLA administrator. Even after the company [...]

13 01, 2022

Hiring? Take a Look at the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

January 13th, 2022|hiring|

Are you hiring? If so, you should know that hiring someone who has been receiving SNAP and/or unemployment benefits (including many who lost their jobs due to the pandemic) might qualify you to receive the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). There are restrictions, but the program is worth looking into. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit [...]

5 01, 2022

New Hampshire unemployment tax rates

January 5th, 2022|tax rates|

New Hampshire employers: your tax rate changes each quarter, so be on the lookout for the notices at the beginning of each quarter and forward the page with the rates to us immediately so the rates can be applied with the next payroll. Otherwise, you will owe taxes if there was a rate increase that wasn't applied [...]

29 12, 2021

Social Security Administration announces 2022 taxable wage base

December 29th, 2021|Social Security Limits|

The amount of an employee’s earnings that will be subject to Social Security tax will increase in 2022. For 2022, the number is $147,000, an increase of $4,200 from last year. The Social Security tax rate will remain 6.2% for employers and employees. The Medicare portion of FICA will also remain at the rate of [...]

28 12, 2021

Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increase

December 28th, 2021|compensation|

On January 1, 2022, the Massachusetts state minimum wage will increase to $14.25 per hour. The minimum base wage for tipped employees will increase to $6.15 per hour.Premium pay applies to certain holidays in MA. Click here and here for more info.If you have employees earning minimum wage, you must send us a change form with the new pay rate for [...]

26 11, 2021

Unemployment tax rules for multi-state employees

November 26th, 2021|unemployment|

Does your business have locations and/or employees in different states? If your business has locations in more than one state and/or employees who live in one state and work in another, chances are you have questions about which state(s) the SUTA (unemployment) tax applies to. Here's a detailed explanation that should help you understand how [...]

19 11, 2021

Violation of company’s no-call/no-how policy

November 19th, 2021|FMLA, Uncategorized|

After a nurse was terminated for violating her employer's no-call/no-show attendance policy, she sued under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The case recently reached the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Court sided with the employer. One key point? Her leave was foreseeable. So she should have given notice as soon as [...]

12 11, 2021

Pitfalls in scheduling work shifts

November 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|

When scheduling workers for shifts, there are plenty of tricky legal areas, such as accommodating religious beliefs. Many state and local laws now require predictive scheduling for employees in certain industries and positions. Under these laws, employers can't change workers' shifts at the last minute without paying them for their time, sometimes at a premium. [...]

4 11, 2021

Workers paying for uniforms? Or for cleaning them? Think again.

November 4th, 2021|deductions, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)|

In two recent cases, employers were fined for violating minimum wage laws related to uniforms. Denny's in Houston was fined under the Fair Labor Standards Act for deducting the cost of workers' uniforms, since those deductions caused their pay to fall below minimum wage. In violation of New York state labor law, Eulen America, an [...]