Giving Employees Different Vacation or PTO?

Question: Can we give employees different amounts of vacation or PTO time?Answer from Jenny, SPHR, SHRM-SCP: If the differing amounts of vacation or PTO are based on a clearly-defined employee grouping, such as seniority, department, or exempt versus...

Handling HR and Payroll for Remote Employees

If your remote employees live in the state where your business is located, you must follow federal employment laws plus your state's employment rules. But if your remote employees live in a different state from where you conduct business, you must comply with federal...

Are Employee Benefits Legally Required?

Are you unsure about the employee benefits you must legally provide? Unemployment insuranceUnemployment insurance benefits are provided through the Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program, which delivers short-term benefit payments to employees who...

Maine Bans Salary History Inquiries

In an effort to further reduce the gender pay gap, Maine has joined a growing number of states and municipalities that have banned salary history inquiries. The state amended the Maine Human Rights Act, which already included pay equity provisions, to...

Breaking Down Employee Breaks

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers generally do not have to provide short breaks or lunch periods to employees. However, the Act places restrictions on employers who choose to provide them. The FLSA also has guidelines for dealing with sleep...

ME & MA Labor Law Poster Updates

There have been recent updates to posting requirements in Maine and Massachusetts. These posting changes are summarized below. To stay in compliance with these recent changes, all businesses in Maine and Massachusetts with at least one employee on payroll...

Know Your Lookback Period for Payroll Taxes

A lookback period is the length of time that the IRS uses to measure the amount of taxes paid by an employer. The lookback period also helps the employer determine its deposit schedule.Payroll Taxes, Filings and Lookback PeriodsEmployers must withhold...

Is Tuition Reimbursement Right for Employers?

We live in a fast-paced society where people are forever on the go. There's hardly ample time for work-life balance, let alone continuing education. Yet studies show that employees want opportunities for learning and development.According to a Gallup...

How to Work With OSHA After an Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires most employers with 10 or more full-time employees to log all reportable work-related illnesses and injuries. This information should be recorded on OSHA Form 300: Log of Work-Related Injuries and...

Which Employees Are Exempt From Tax Withholding?

Tax withholding is a seemingly inevitable part of working, but there are exceptions, as shown by the following information about employees exempt from withholding.Student employeesGenerally, individuals employed by a school, college or university where...