Payroll Briefs

Category: "Labor Law Updates"

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 […]

New Tip Regulation Underway

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a rule that would implement changes to the tip credit under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA requires covered employers to pay employees at least the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour. Employers are allowed to count a limited amount of the tips […]

IRS Rule Eases Hardship Withdrawals

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations on 401(k) hardship withdrawals, relaxing current restrictions and easing the process for plan participants. Set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, some of the changes stemming from the regulation are mandatory, while others are voluntary. Check out the key provisions below: Plans will no longer […]

Overtime Rule Finalized by Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced its long-awaited Final Overtime Rule making changes to federal overtime regulations governing which employees are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay under the ‘white-collar’ exemptions. Effective as of Jan. 1, 2020, the Final Overtime Rule will increase the standard salary level by almost 50% from $455 to […]

ACA Affordability Threshold Decreases for 2020

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that the employer-sponsored health coverage will satisfy the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affordability requirement in 2020 if the lowest-cost, self-only coverage option available to employees does not exceed 9.78% of an employee’s household income. This limit comes down from the current year’s 9.86%. As part of ACA’s employer mandate, […]

EEOC Reporting Deadline Approaching

Earlier this year in May, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) required employers to submit EEO-1 Component 1 data that lists employees by job category, race, ethnicity and sex. Fast approaching is the September 30 due date for Component 2 data, which includes the employees’ hours worked and pay information from their W-2, broken down […]

Health Reimbursement Accounts to Take on New Form

A newly issued regulation could change how employers pay for employee health care coverage. On June 13, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Treasury and the Department of Labor issued a new final rule intended to expand the options for health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) for which […]

DOL Seeks FMLA Improvements

Changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are on the horizon. Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced it has plans to modify the regulation in an effort to “better protect and suit the needs of workers” and “reduce administrative and compliance burdens on employers” as part of the 2019 Spring regulatory agenda. […]

Health Savings Account Limits for 2020

Health savings account (HSA) contribution limits for 2020 are going up. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently confirmed a $50 increase for self-only coverage and a $100 increase for family coverage due to annual inflation adjustments. For 2020, the annual limit on HSA contributions will be $3,550 for individuals with self-only coverage and $7,100 for […]

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Revision to Overtime Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor recently recently announced a proposed rule to revise federal overtime regulations that would make more than a million new Americans eligible for overtime. Currently, employees with a salary below $455 per week ($23,660 annually) must be paid overtime if they work over 40 hours per week. This proposal would boost […]