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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 […]
DHS Temporarily Loosens Key I-9 Verification Requirements
This blog post was originally published on April 2, 2020. On May 14, DHS extended remote document inspection for another 30 days. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has temporarily eased key physical inspection requirements pertaining to the Form I-9, or Employee Eligibility Verification. In short, employers with workers “taking physical proximity precautions due to […]
Senate Approves Additional $321 Billion for SBA Paycheck Protection Program
Update: This blog post was originally published on April 21, 2020. On April 24, President Trump approved $321 billion in additional funding for small businesses. This is part of $484 billion allocated in that legislation, intended to bolster the American economy at this time. More federal funds may soon be on their way to small businesses throughout the country. […]
Update: Special ACA Enrollment Periods
Some states are offering special open enrollment periods for Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage due to current events. In March, the Trump administration considered a special enrollment period (SEP) to allow more people to sign up for coverage under the ACA, but later decided against an across-the-board reopening of enrollment. The official open enrollment period […]
What the CARES Act Could Mean for Your Organization
This blog was originally published on March 30, 2020. On June 5, President Trump signed H.R. 7010 into law and this blog has been updated accordingly. Part of Paycom’s job – especially in the thick of the current COVID-19 situation – is to keep you informed about new legislation with direct impact on employers. The […]
How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Impacts Employer Leave Policies
The federal government recently has taken several steps to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Of special relevance to HR professionals is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was signed into law on March 18. In general, the legislation focuses on private-sector organizations employing fewer than 500 people. Read about the Coronavirus […]
What the Recent ACA Individual Mandate Ruling Means for Employers
On Dec. 18, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On a 2-1 vote, the court found the individual mandate – the requirement that individuals maintain health insurance or pay a penalty – unconstitutional now that Congress has reduced the penalty to $0. […]