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What are the basic rules for PPP Loan Forgiveness?
In April, small/mid businesses all over Florida jumped at the chance to obtain SBA loans to help stay in business and fund payroll. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorized billions for qualifying businesses to obtain loans for payroll, benefits, rent and other costs, and the ke...
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave
On Friday (March 20), the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-rel...
New Overtime Law Took Effect January 1, 2020
In case you missed it over the holidays, the newest Department of Labor regulation went into effect on January 1, 2020.  Why does it matter?  If your company pays employees on a salary basis (i.e. employee is exempt from minimum wage and overtime as an executive, administrative, or professional employee) then the minimum salary threshold necess...
New Overtime Rule: Exempt Threshold To Increase from $23,660 to $35,568 January 1, 2020
WHAT HAPPENED? This Tuesday (September 24, 2019), the Department of Labor announced the following changes to the FLSA’s white-collar overtime exemptions, to become effective January 1, 2020: The minimum salary threshold for exempt status will be $684 per week, annualized to $35,568 per year. The highly compensated employee exemption’s total...
Checklist for Leaving your PEO in Florida
If your small to mid-size business has decided to leave your Professional Employer Organization (PEO), you may be wondering about the various action items you must do (and consider) to get out. There are financial and staffing issues to consider so that your exit is as smooth as possible. When using a PEO, you are......
Can I Hold a Final Paycheck Until the Return of Company Equipment in Florida?
In Florida, a terminating employee must be paid their final paycheck no later than the next regularly scheduled pay date.  So, if your company pays bi-weekly, an employee leaving employment (either through termination or voluntary quit) must be paid on the next pay date.  So, holding a paycheck is not permissible.  If you are terminating......
Hops and HR: Florida Craft Breweries Have Options
  Whether your brewery is a start-up, or well-established and growing, how you handle human resources is a key aspect of business success.  Your workforce supports your brand.  Craft breweries are popping up all over Florida, and enjoying great success.  Each brewpub and product has its own unique value proposition and niche to squeeze into...
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....
EEOC Ditches Plan to Require Wage Data on the EEO-1 Form
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that the upcoming EEO-1 reporting form will not contain pay data collection information – confirming that the Trump Administration was ditching plans developed by the Obama Administration to expand the data collected on the EEO-1 form by adding a requirement to repor...
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