19 05, 2023

2023 penalties for violations of federal laws

May 19th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Several federal agencies released final rules, announcing increased amounts for 2023. Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Failing to furnish reports to certain former employees or maintain employee records: maximum penalty is $36 per employee per plan year. Failing to file a plan annual report: up to $2,586 per day. Failing to provide requested documentation [...]

12 05, 2023

Calculating number of employees for FMLA eligibility

May 12th, 2023|Uncategorized|

The Department of Labor's Field Assistance Bulletin 2023-1 considers what compliance with the FMLA looks like for businesses that have employees working remotely. Specifically, employers may be uncertain about one of the eligibility requirements: having 50 or more employees within 75 miles of the worksite. As the guidance lays out, employees’ personal residences or other [...]

5 05, 2023

Break time for pumping breast milk and privacy to pump

May 5th, 2023|Uncategorized|

The FLSA requires that employers provide covered employees “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for such employee’s nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk” and provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free [...]

28 04, 2023

Break times under the FLSA for remote work

April 28th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Summarized from Department of Labor Field Assistance Bulletin 2023-1: The FLSA requires covered employers to pay nonexempt employees for all hours worked, including work performed in their home or otherwise away from the employer’s premises or job site. “Hours worked” is not limited solely to time spent on active productive labor but may, for instance, [...]

21 04, 2023

FMLA leave for reduced schedule

April 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|

The Department of Labor (DOL) just released an opinion letter (FMLA 2023-1-A) focused on reduced schedule leave. It covers how intermittent or reduced schedule FMLA leave should be calculated, and whether employees’ schedule limitations would be “better suited” for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Someone may be covered by both the [...]

14 04, 2023

Standard mileage rates for 2023

April 14th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Beginning on January 1, 2023, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 65.5 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3 cents from the midyear increase setting the rate for the second half of 2022. 22 cents per mile driven for medical or [...]

24 03, 2023

Electronic workplace posters

March 24th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Avoid penalties: Electronic workplace posters belong in the ‘break room,’ not the ‘custodial closet’ It’ll cost more in 2023 if you don’t display the required workplace posters. To complicate matters, electronic postings may be allowed, or even required. Back before the rise of remote and hybrid workforces, the Department of Labor (DOL) released guidance on [...]

17 03, 2023

How offering a 401(k) plan helps SMBs (video)

March 17th, 2023|employee benefits, Uncategorized|

It’s estimated that 1 in 4 Americans do not have ANY retirement savings¹. To help get more US workers to start saving, states and the federal government have created legislation aimed at getting retirement programs in place and helping pave a way for businesses to start their own retirement plans.  We recently held an educational webinar with our [...]

10 03, 2023

Understanding business travel deductions

March 10th, 2023|Uncategorized|

IRS Tax Tip 2023-15 Whether someone travels for work once a year or once a month, figuring out travel expense tax write-offs might seem confusing. The IRS has information to help all business travelers properly claim these valuable deductions.    Here are some tax details all business travelers should know Business travel deductions are available when employees [...]

3 03, 2023

New WOTC guidance from IRS

March 3rd, 2023|Uncategorized|

The federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) could be a boost to your bottom line – a one-time credit up to $9,600 per qualified new hire. To be eligible for a WOTC, employers need to hire workers that qualify as belonging to a group of people that face significant barriers to employment, such as: unemployed [...]