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Pre-Employment Screenings: Trends to Watch in 2021
In episode 90 of HR Break Room®, we sat down with employment law expert Louis Lessig and Paycom director of government and community affairs AJ Griffin to discuss pre-employment screening laws and trends to watch for in 2021. One of the most notable trends, “ban the box,” will continue to gain momentum in the new […]
E-Verify Revises Employer Obligation
E-Verify requires enrolled employers to take action on tentative nonconfirmations for employees within 10 federal government working days.
Social Security Increases Taxable Wage Cap for 2021
Changes to Social Security tax calculations are coming soon. Starting Jan. 1, the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax will be $142,800. This represents an increase of $5,100 from the current taxable maximum of $137,700. The increase, which was announced this month, accompanies a 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients. For […]
New application form simplifies PPP loan forgiveness
For some borrowers, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness just got easier. Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a new, simplified forgiveness application form. Borrowers are eligible to use the Form 3508S if their total PPP loan amount was $50,000 or less. However, borrowers who received PPP loans totaling $2 million or […]
How the New England Patriots’ HR Team Tackles Compliance
Compliance is a pressing issue for organizations of any size, even championship-caliber operations like the New England Patriots. That’s where the HR team at the Patriots’ parent company, The Kraft Group, comes in. In episode 84 of our HR Break Room® podcast, Robin Boudreau, senior vice president of human resources, and Miranda Blaiklock, director of […]
IRS Form 941 Updated: What You Need to Know
Due to the President’s memorandum signed on Aug. 8, which included an employee Social Security tax deferral, Form 941 must be updated for the third quarter of 2020. Most employers are required to fill out this federal tax document quarterly. On Sept. 30, the IRS released the new form with instructions for completion. The Internal […]
Guidance Issued on Employee Social Security Tax Deferral: What You Need to Know
On Aug. 28, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on how to implement the optional employee-side Social Security tax deferral. If employers decide to opt in, the deferral allows them to postpone withholding and paying eligible employees’ Social Security taxes to the IRS for a period of time. The deferral was authorized as part of […]
Federal Guidance on 3 Common Concerns for Bringing Employees Back On-Site
Many organizations that have adapted to telework in recent months are evaluating whether to bring employees back into the workplace. If your company is one of them, you will have many considerations specific to your organization, workforce and location. On top of your specific factors, federal guidance on paid leave, medical testing and accommodations is […]
Supreme Court Rules Employers Cannot Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, that Title VII, a key provision of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, should be understood to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court, “An employer who fires […]
H.R. 7010 Now Provides Additional PPP Flexibility
This blog was originally published on June 4, 2020. On June 5, President Trump signed H.R. 7010 into law. The following provisions are now in effect. The Senate and the House of Representatives have reached an agreement on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020. Once signed into law, this will provide several […]
Unemployment Fraud: Staying Aware and Mitigating Risk
Recently, employers have seen a significant increase in the filing of fraudulent unemployment claims. This includes cases where applicants use another person’s information to apply for benefits in his or her name – people who, in many cases, were never employed or are still employed by a given company. Part of the reason for the […]
IRS Eases Restrictions on Midyear Employee Health Plan Changes
In response to recent events, the Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance on relaxed restrictions for midyear employee health plan changes, giving employers the choice to open certain plan choices. The new guidance applies to “cafeteria plans” under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code – that is, employer-sponsored health coverage, health flexible spending arrangements […]