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Form I-9 Is Changing; Comments Requested by May 31

Form I-9, “Employment Eligibility Verification,” is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. As you’re no doubt aware, all U.S. employers must properly complete a Form I-9 for everyone hired, including citizens and noncitizens. Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of an employer) need to fill […]

DOL Issues Examples of Unlawful Retaliation Under FLSA, FMLA and Visa Programs

On March 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released guidance containing specific examples of what it considers “unlawful retaliation” by employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and visa programs. DM Payroll Solutions shares details from the recent guidance to learn how you can practically apply it […]

Undertaking a Pay Equity Audit at Your Business

Pay equity is both required by law and a sound business practice. However, providing equitable compensation to employees who perform the same or similar jobs, while accounting for differences in experience and tenure, isn’t easy. That’s why every company should at least consider undertaking a pay equity audit to assess its compensation philosophy and approach. […]

State Unemployment Insurance Taxable Wage Bases to Reference in 2022

The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) mandates each state’s taxable wage base must at least equal the FUTA base of $7,000 per employee. States use different formulas to determine their taxable wage base; some adopt the FUTA wage base as law while others use a percentage of the state’s average annual wage. Then there are […]

Accounting for Inflation and Pay Transparency Within Today’s Workforce

With recent labor shortages and inflation on the rise, business owners are being forced to reevaluate their compensation planning. As it stands, employers struggle with attracting and enticing new hires, as well as structuring salary increases to keep current employees satisfied. A recent report by Payscale, a pay data firm, unveiled key insight from management-level […]

Tips to Spot and Prevent “Ghost Employees”

The concept of a “ghost employee” is one that all business owners and HR professionals should be aware of. This fraudulent activity occurs when an employee is added (or kept) to your payroll, even if they are not an employee or have left the company. Ghost employees could be as innocent as individuals who have […]

Bill Proposed to Speed Tax Refunds for EITC Recipients

Recently, a bill was introduced by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, intending to eliminate tax refund delays for individuals who received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and filed their taxes early. Often, these delays also impact Child Tax Credits (CTCs) claimed by EITC recipients. DM Payroll […]

How to Look for Missing 401(k) Plan Participants

It’s a common problem every year. Employers discover that when their 401(k) plans must make required minimum distributions, the addresses on file for some distributees have become invalid. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have both offered guidance about dealing with participants and beneficiaries who are unresponsive or cannot […]

IRS Issues New 2022 Form W-4

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unveiled the 2022 Form W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Certificate). Fortunately for employers, the form is very similar to its 2021 counterpart, with only a few minor updates. DM Payroll Solutions outlines the changes to this year’s Form W-4 to ensure you have all the answers for your employees. Small Change […]

Choose Your Payroll Service Provider Carefully

In Tax Tip 2021-103, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently reminded employers to undertake a thorough selection process when choosing a payroll services provider. Proceeding carefully is critical to both lessening the likelihood of fraud and ensuring that your compliance obligations are met. When deciding on a payroll service provider, employers should clearly understand their payroll […]