Tips For Tracking Employee Hours

Tips For Tracking Employee Hours

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers track hours worked by nonexempt employees, who typically are paid by the hour. Although you can choose your own timekeeping system, it’s essential that the records you keep are accurate and complete. System...

Do We Have To Give Employees Additional Smoke Breaks?

Do We Have To Give Employees Additional Smoke Breaks?

Question: Do we have to give employees who smoke additional smoke breaks or allow them to return to work smelling strongly of smoke? We’ve received complaints from both other employees and customers. Answer: From Emily , PHR No, you’re not required to provide...

How To Move To Paperless Payroll

How To Move To Paperless Payroll

Paperless payroll is a paper-free payroll process that has become hugely popular in recent years. But despite the groundswell of support for paperless payroll solutions, employers should examine the details before making the switch.   Six Pros of Paperless Payroll...

Workplace Harassment – Who Do We Believe?

Workplace Harassment – Who Do We Believe?

Question: When someone is accused of workplace harassment, who do we believe? We suspect that one of our employees harassed another, but we only have their conflicting stories to go on—no witnesses, video, or emails. The accuser’s account of the incident seems much...

When Does the I-9 Need to be Completed?

When Does the I-9 Need to be Completed?

Answer from Ophelia, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP:All new employees must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 on or before their first day of employment. Then, within three business days of their start date, they should submit acceptable proof of their identity and eligibility to...

Payroll Management Celebrates Grand Opening & 30th Anniversary

Payroll Management Celebrates Grand Opening & 30th Anniversary

July 25, 2019 - Auburn, Maine - Payroll Management, Inc., one of Northern New England’s largest independent and family-owned payroll service firms, celebrated its 30th Anniversary and grand opening of its new corporate offices at 550 Center Street in Auburn by holding...

How Do I Determine if a Position is Exempt or Non-Exempt?

How Do I Determine if a Position is Exempt or Non-Exempt?

Here's the Answer from Kara, JD, SPHR: Exempt and non-exempt are classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a federal law requiring that most employees receive at least minimum wage for each hour worked and overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a...

5 Things to Consider About Changing Payday

5 Things to Consider About Changing Payday

You may have a good reason to change your payday, but before you make your move, be sure to take into account various rules and implications. 1. Fair Labor Standards Act The FLSA requires prompt payment of wages but does not specifically address pay frequency or...

IRS Issues Draft of New Form W4

IRS Issues Draft of New Form W4

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 version. However,...

Regular Rate of Pay for Employees

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 think of...