Regular Rate of Pay for Employees

Question: What is an employee's regular rate of pay? Is it just what they make per hour of work?Answer from Marisa, SPHR:Not exactly. An employee’s “regular rate of pay” is the amount used to calculate their overtime rate for a given time period. You might...

Hours for Part-Time Employees

Question: How many hours can I assign to a part-time employee? Is there a limit?Answer from Laura, SHRM-CP:There’s no specific limit to the number of hours you can assign to a part-time employee, as it’s up to you to decide how many hours employees need to...

Three Ways HR Makes Employment More Profitable

How does HR contribute to employment profitability? HR covers a lot of territory, much of it cluttered with paperwork, but it really does have a precise business purpose. The point of HR is to make employment more profitable. HR does this in three fundamental ways....

Minimum Wage Increase – City of Portland, Maine

Minimum Wage Increase for Portland, Maine The City of Portland's minimum wage is on the rise again, making it higher than the state's minimum wage.  Starting July 1, 2019, employers who operate a business in the City of Portland, Maine will be required to...

Can Employers Ask For A Doctor’s Note?

Generally, an employer can ask employees for a doctor's note when they take time off because of an illness. But it's important to consider the laws governing doctors' notes before making them a requirement. The Health Insurance Portability and...

HSA and FSA Accounts – What’s the Difference?

What's the difference between HSA and FSA, and which one is right for you? Explained by the IRS, a health savings account (HSA) is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account used to “pay or reimburse certain medical expenses you incur; you must be an eligible...

IRS Issues Draft of New Form W-4

As expected, the IRS has published a draft of a radically revised Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. The agency emphasizes this is just a preliminary version, and until further notice, everyone should continue to use the current...

How Long Does COBRA Coverage Last?

Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the continuation of health coverage starts from the date the covered employee's health insurance ends and, depending on the type of qualifying event, may last for 18 months, 29 months or 36...

Include These Notices in Your Open Enrollment Kit

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)Per the Affordable Care Act, group health plans or health insurance issuers must provide participants and beneficiaries with a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) each year during open enrollment or at renewal time....