4 Steps for Conducting an Internal I-9 Audit

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) forbids U.S. employers from knowingly employing people who are not authorized to work in the United States. The IRCA also prohibits employers from employing individuals without using Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to verify their identity and legal authorization to work. To ensure employers are complying with the IRCA, U.S. Immigration …

Employee Loans and Their Tax Consequences

A salary, or wage, advance is a type of short-term loan from an employer to an employee. The employee receiving the advance must pay back the money within a specified time frame, as dictated by the company’s salary advance policy. Under federal law, employers can make payroll deductions to recover salary advances even if the transaction causes the employee’s pay …

Different Kinds of Bonuses — And Their Effect on Overtime

Bonuses are a form of variable pay that are used to inspire employee loyalty or reward performance, and it’s essential to know about the different kinds. Discretionary bonuses A bonus is discretionary if it’s given solely at the employer’s discretion and does not cause an expectation of payment from the employee. The bonus should not be contingent on the employee’s …

Learn the Value of Employee Self-Service

Employee self-service is a web-based tool that allows employees to retrieve information and perform specific transactions from a central portal. In many organizations, this portal is used to deliver HR, payroll and benefits information. Over the years, ESS has blossomed into a global phenomenon, and is currently leveraged by large, midsized and small employers. Where did this come from? Employee …

Are Your Benefits Competitive Enough?

In order to remain competitive, one-third of employers “increased their overall benefit offerings in the last 12 months,” according to a 2017 report by the Society for Human Resource Management. Usually, employers take this step after weighing the effectiveness of their benefits program and deciding that it needs to be improved. Even if there are no apparent shortcomings in your …

When Do Employees Have to Be Paid for a “Break”?

The DOL issued an opinion letter earlier this year in response to the following issue: Should nonexempt employees who require 15-minute breaks every hour because of an illness that qualifies as a serious health condition under the Family Medical Leave Act be paid for the breaks? By taking 15-minute breaks every hour, the employees end up working only six hours …