Payroll Briefs

Category: "Labor Law Updates"

DOL Offers Back-to-School Paid Leave Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently published new guidance providing insight into the reopening of schools across the country. The guidance includes a new FAQs section offering further information to both employees and employers about paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response […]

DOL Now Enforcing COVID-19 Paid-Leave Rules

When COVID-19 first put the country into a state of emergency, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided employers with time to comply with pandemic-related paid sick leave and paid family leave mandates. During this time, businesses could correct mistakes without facing scrutiny. However, the DOL recently increased its enforcement efforts. DM Payroll Solutions gives […]

Employer FAQs for the FLSA During the COVID-19 Crisis

To help keep you informed, DM Payroll Solutions has outlined recent FAQ guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL). Explore the commonly asked questions and answers below.   Q. How many hours must an employer pay an hourly employee who must work a partial week because the employer’s business has been closed? A. The Fair Labor […]

3 Key Takeaways from IRS Guidance on Employment Tax Deferrals

In a guidance released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on April 10, 2020, the organization addressed how the employment tax deferrals can be treated in relation to recently passed COVID-19 legislation, including the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). DM Payroll Solutions has collaborated […]

What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means for Your Business

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18, 2020 which will impact many employers. DM Payroll Solutions has outlined the highlights of the new law below. Emergency Paid Sick Leave Employers with fewer than 500 employees are required to provide paid emergency […]

Guidance for Michigan Employers Contemplating Layoffs

The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has provided guidance to Michigan employers on ways to avoid potential layoffs related to COVID-19. At this time, employers are strongly urged to place employees on temporary leave and advise the worker they expect to have work available within 120 days as opposed to termination. This option provides […]

Annual Adjustments of FLSA/FMLA Violations Announced

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it has increased the civil monetary penalties for violating federal minimum wage, overtime, posting and safety requirements. These increases come as a result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, in which federal agencies must issue regulations annually to adjust for inflation of […]

Joint-Employer Rule Finalized

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule to revise and update its regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) aimed at clarifying when a worker, including those outsourced, are employed by more than one company. The final rule, set to take effect Mar. 16, 2020, created a four-part test to determine […]

Regular Rate Clarification Comes with DOL Final Rule Release

The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided employers with some much needed clarity on the perks that are to be included in workers’ “regular rate of pay” in the final release of a new rule set to take effect Jan. 15, 2020. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers must pay workers at least […]

Social Security Wage Base Rises for 2020

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced starting Jan. 1, 2020 the maximum earning subject to payroll tax will increase by $4,800 to $137,700 – up from $132,900 in 2019. The SSA fact sheet summarizes all the 2020 changes, however here are some of the quick highlights: The maximum Social Security tax employees and employers […]