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Your Online Social Security Account: Claim It or Block It!
Did you know that the Social Security Administration offers online accounts that allow the public to view and track all that information that we used to receive once a year via a paper Social Security Statement that was delivered to our mailbox?  The service is called “My Social Security,” and it can be a useful......
Equivalent Job Restoration and Bonuses for Employees taking FMLA
When an employee returns from FMLA leave, he or she must be restored to the same job that the employee held when the leave began or to an “equivalent job.” The employee is not guaranteed the actual job he or she held prior to the leave. An “equivalent job” means a job that is virtually......
2018 Tax Withholding Checkup for Employees
As you may know, major changes to federal tax law took place last year!   Based on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, updates were automatically applied to your payroll system’s wage withholding calculations.   To help taxpayers ensure that their 2018 withholding amounts are accurate, the Department of the Treasury has launched a new tax withholding....
It’s Holiday Bonus time! 4 compliance tips for Employers
Many companies provide a holiday/Christmas bonus or year-end bonus to some or all employees in December.  There are several important rules about bonuses that every employer needs to know.  When planning your bonus plan, and calculating a budget, consider the following important reminders: Bonuses that are discretionary (meaning, the company deci...
10 fresh (but affordable) ways to Recognize Employees
Let’s face it – continuing to do the same thing, at the same time, in the same way, is boring. This is totally true for employee recognition. Classics include: employee of the month, gift certificate raffle, great parking spot, monthly lunch were all great ideas – but companies need to keep things fresh and trendy......
Assistant GMs at Wawa Sue for Overtime in NJ, PA
CAMDEN, NJ – In late January 2017, four (4) former Wawa employees filed a proposed class-action lawsuit contending the firm improperly denied overtime pay to some workers at its convenience stores.  The men contend Wawa’s pay practices for assistant general managers (AGMs) violate federal and state laws in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Mar...
What the most desired employee benefits in 2017?
Employee benefits are important to attract quality employees.  As the economy continues to improve in 2017, Florida’s small and mid-sized businesses must recognize that a competitive benefits package is necessary to attract and retain the right employees and fill critical positions.   If your company is not a high tech company and not tryin...
What is an Accountable Plan (IRS) for Employee Business Expenses?
A business expense reimbursement or allowance arrangement is a system by which a company pays advances, reimbursements, and charges for an employee’s business expenses.   How your company reports a reimbursement or allowance amount depends on whether the company has an accountable or a non-accountable plan. According to the IRS, if a single pay...
Tip Pooling – the Do’s and Don’ts
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) permits an employer to take a tip credit toward its minimum wage obligation for tipped employees equal to the difference between the required cash wage (which must be at least $2.13) and the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25).  However, Florida employers must follow the state minimum wage because it is hig...
2016 Florida Minimum Wage Poster
All Florida employers are required to update its state minimum wage poster on January 1, 2016.  The Florida minimum wage remains at $8.05 per hour, effective January 1, 2016.  Florida law requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to calculate a minimum wage rate each year.  Download the new poster for free here.  Spanish poster......
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