26 02, 2022

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

February 26th, 2022|compensation, Covid-19|

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program requires employers to make leave time available to employees for certain reasons related to COVID-19. This program is effective from May 28, 2021 to April 1, 2022, or when funding runs out, whichever is first.The Emergency Pay is implemented as a reimbursement program, meaning it does not [...]

24 02, 2022

Reasons employees may need to fill out a new Form W-4

February 24th, 2022|2022 Tax Changes, W-4s|

Employees may need to give you an updated Form W-4 if they have any of these changes: filing status on a tax returnnumber of jobs worked during the yeardeductions or credits

17 02, 2022

Teen worked hours that weren’t allowed by law

February 17th, 2022|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime|

A 14-year-old youth was allowed to operate power machinery while helping with repairs. The youth also worked while school was in session. In addition, employees of all ages didn’t receive the proper overtime pay. For these violations of the child labor and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, AutoWorld of Conway SC had [...]

8 02, 2022

Delivery drivers owed mileage reimbursement

February 8th, 2022|compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), reimbursement|

Sandwich shop franchises (Clemson Subs LLC and Anderson Subs LLC in Anderson, SC) was found to have broken the minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to reimburse employees for mileage. Employees who delivered food weren’t reimbursed for their mileage expenses, which caused their pay to fall below the federal minimum [...]

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 [...]