Compliance

RS Pub 15 (Circular E) instructs employers to withhold a flat 22% for federal income tax when supplemental wages like a bonus are paid separately from any regular wages. But what should you do if your employee asks you to withhold at a higher rate so that they won't be underwithheld? 

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. Eligible employees are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of FMLA in a 12-month period for qualifying events. Get the details here.

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As of May 14, 2019, Oregon regulations have been updated so that all employers in the state are now required to provide their employees with “reasonable rest periods” in order to express milk.  

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Even though there will be a revised Form W-4 released in 2020, it will not be mandatory that  employees fill out a new one unless they change their withholding amounts after 2019.  According to the IRS, the new withholding methods should be closely in line with what employees have been accustomed to on prior Forms W-4.

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Today's alternative workforce of part timers, contractors and freelancers is making an explosive impact on the modern economy. Check out this short 30-minute webinar about payroll and HR in a gig economy. 

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According to the IRS, the new draft of Form W-4 that they scrapped last September is being replaced with a new new draft which should be released by May 31, 2019. Get the details here. 

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Sometimes overtime is paid at one-and-a-half times an employee's regular hourly rate...but sometimes it's more complicated than that. Watch this free pre-recorded 30- minute webinar to refresh yourself on OT calculations.

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Whether you are for or against legalizing marijuana, it is here to stay in one form or another and other states will soon follow the popular legalization trend. Read more about the impact this could have on your company here. 

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