Jan 03 2020

 

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage and overtime requirements for employers in the private sector and federal, state, and local governments. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Covered nonexempt employees must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per workweek (any fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 hours — seven consecutive 24-hour periods) at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay.

Many states and localities also have minimum wage laws. If an employee is covered by more than one minimum wage law, the employee is entitled to the higher minimum wage.

This chart from the HR Support Center reflects the current state and local minimum wages in effect as of November 1, 2019, as well as future enacted increases for 2020 and beyond. Click to review >

 

Dec 17 2019

Employees classified as exempt from overtime (OT) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet certain duties tests.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the final overtime rule that will increase the minimum salary for certain white collar exemptions. These new minimums will take effect January 1, 2020.

Dec 10 2019

On December 5, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service released a final Form W-4 for use in 2020. Employees who have submitted Form W-4 in any year before 2020 are not required to submit a new form merely because of the redesign. Employers should continue to compute withholding based on the information from the employee’s most recently submitted Form W-4.

Oct 08 2019

The DOL has announced the final rule that will increase the minimum salary for certain white collar exemptions. To be exempt from overtime under FLSA, employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet certain duties tests. These new minimums will take effect January 1, 2020.

Sep 19 2019


The addition of the EEO-1 Component 2 was a highly debated topic in the business and HR worlds, as the additional collection of detailed data is not only controversial but cumbersome. Just this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it will not collect EEO-1 Component 2 data in the future. The EEOC determined that the burden imposed on employers outweighs the usefulness of the data.

Despite this announcement, Component 2 data for 2017 and 2018 must still be submitted by September 30!

Here's some important general information regarding EEO-1 Component 2.

Aug 26 2019

Managing time off requests can be a nightmare without an organized process. The CheckWriters Time Off Calendar is just the tool for the job: one place to manage and schedule employee time off requests.

Many of our customers have already discovered how the Time Off Calendar can help make their job easier. Indeed, Charity, the Administrative Assistant at our customer Benhaven School, said "I LOVE the Time Off Calendar - it's my favorite feature in the CheckWriters platform!"

So of course, our Development Team decided to enhance its functionality - and add a few new features along the way!

Jul 10 2019


Employers in many states may look at paid family leave as a distant and remote possibility. However, HR professionals across the country are already managing the realities of state-mandated paid family leave laws, while still others are preparing for the regulatory changes stemming from recently-passed state leave laws that have yet to go into effect.

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 – the landmark federal regulation that mandates large organizations offer up to 12 weeks unpaid leave – is the last major initiative that dealt directly with employee leave at the federal level.

Jun 21 2019

Last week, CheckWriters sent a note announcing the MA PFML delay in contribution collection until October 1st this document has been updated with the most current information on the program. Read this post for a full explanation of the latest updates.

May 30 2019

SENT: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:22 AM

SUBJECT: Quickly please!

 

Hi,

I need to change my direct deposit account information – can you handle immediately? I’m in a rush.

Thanks.

 

If you received the above email from the CEO of your company, would you find it suspicious?

Unfortunately, more and more companies are falling victim to an increasingly prevalent wire fraud scam which the IRS has continued to warn about.

But it serves as a useful refresher on the responsibility of Payroll and HR Professionals to maintain the integrity of personal financial data.

Employers and HR Professionals are often the targets of malicious hacking attempts – usually through suspicious-looking emails that attempt to garner and/or change personal financial information.

May 08 2019


Employers and HR Pros finally have an update regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Survey. The pay and hours update (aka Component 2) to the EEO-1 Survey has been long-anticipated. Employers are relieved to learn the pay data and hours collection requirement has been pushed to September 30, 2019. Component 1, however (which is the current EEO-1 report) is still due for applicable employers on May 31.

Here's what you need to know about EEO Reporting in general: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that administers and enforces workplace discrimination laws and collects race, ethnicity, and gender data by job category from applicable employers via the annual EEO-1 Survey. Employers with at least 100 employees, as well as federal contractors with 50 employees and a contract, subcontract, or P.O. of $50,000 or more, are required to submit the EEO-1 Survey annually. Noncompliance or false statements can result in severe penalties.