Minimum Wage When Working Remotely

Question: Do we pay employees working remotely the minimum wage of the state where our headquarters is located or the state an employee does the work?Answer from Marisa, SPHR:Good question. It comes up a lot with employers who have people working remotely...

Wage and Hour Implications of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of pushing the clock forward 1 hour during the summer so that daylight in the evening lasts longer. Each year, DST starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November.For example, on...

Employee Retention Strategy: Personalizing Employee Benefits

Studies show that employees are more likely to stay with their employer if they feel their needs are being met. With retention hinging on employers' ability to dial in to employees' needs, it's not surprising that personalized benefits are gaining...

Cost-of-Living Raises – Are They Mandatory?

Some state minimum wage adjustments are tied to the consumer price index, but otherwise, cost-of-living raises are not required by state or federal law. You just need to make sure you’re paying any applicable state and municipal minimum wages. That said,...

IRS Issues Standard 2019 Mileage Rates

According to a statement from the IRS, starting in 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 58 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018. 20 cents per mile driven...

DOL Clarifies Travel Time Pay

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor published an opinion letter, clarifying travel time pay for nonexempt hourly employees. This is often a confounding matter for employers because whether travel time is work time depends on the type of travel and when...

Unemployment Insurance Q & A

Unemployment Insurance QuestionWe will be terminating an employee who’s been with us only a month. How do I ensure that they don’t get unemployment?Answer from Margaret, PHR, SHRM-CP:Unemployment insurance (UI) benefit claims can be difficult to contest....

5 COBRA Mistakes — How to Prevent Them

Most employers have to deal with COBRA at one time or another, but these are common errors. 1. Not realizing the group health plan is subject to COBRA. Under COBRA, if you have at least 20 employees and a group health plan, you must give qualified...

Reasons to Integrate Time & Labor With Payroll

Time and labor (also called time and attendance) involves tracking employees' start and end times, early departures, late arrivals, breaks taken and absenteeism. Payroll involves, among other things, making sure employees are paid correctly based on their...