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Do Non-Exempt Employees Need to Take Lunch Breaks?

Posted On: 06/03/2016 | Categories: Blog, new orleans payroll company, News

The FLSA does not require private employers to provide rest periods for employees, so the answer is dependent on state law. Often state-mandated meal periods can be waived if the employee would prefer to work through them, but a few states do not allow this practice. If your state does allow the meal period to be waived, it may require that the employee agree to it... Read More ⇒

Final Overtime Ruling Released

Posted On: 05/18/2016 | Categories: Blog, new orleans payroll company, News, Overtime Rule

  The Department of Labor has issued the final ruling relating to Overtime. The final ruling will: Increase the overtime exemption from $23,660 to $47,476. The exemption level is slightly lower than the proposed $50,440 level. The exemption will be updated automatically every three years. This is a departure from the proposed rule that called for annual updates for the exemption level. The new overtime rule... Read More ⇒

Politics in the Office

Posted On: 03/01/2016 | Categories: Blog, new orleans payroll company, News

Q:  A new employee has posted political signs on the bulletin board above his desk. Can we ask the employee to remove them? Or is displaying them considered an employee right?   A:  Generally speaking, a private employer can ask an employee to remove political signs—or otherwise limit political expression in the workplace—as long as they don’t run afoul of protected Section 7 rights or applicable... Read More ⇒

Affordable Care Act – Seasonal Employee Classification

Posted On: 12/29/2015 | Categories: ACA, Affordable Care Act, new orleans payroll company

  Q:  Under the Affordable Care Act, how many weeks can an employee work and still be classified as a seasonal employee? I’ve heard different numbers.   A:  You’ve heard a few different things because the law has evolved a bit as clarification on this issue has been released. However, we now know that if an employee works for your organization for less than six months,... Read More ⇒

Overtime Pay during Holidays

Posted On: 11/30/2015 | Categories: Blog, new orleans payroll company

Q.  Am I required to pay overtime to employees who work on holidays? A.  In your state, no. Whether you pay extra for work done on holidays is up to you. There is no federal law that requires an employer to pay extra for work on holidays. However, some states, such as Massachusetts, require work for certain employers on holidays to be voluntary and paid at time... Read More ⇒

Employees Who Live and Work Out of State – I-9 Documents

Posted On: 11/11/2015 | Categories: Blog, new orleans payroll company

Q:  We’ve hired some new employees who live and will work out of state. How do I handle the validation of the required I-9 documents?   A:  I-9 forms present a challenge to employers who hire remote employees. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that all documents required for the I-9 must be viewed in their original format. Therefore, a fax or scan is... Read More ⇒

2015 Payroll Leap Year Is Here 27 Pay Periods Instead of 26

Posted On: 11/03/2015 | Categories: 27 Pay Periods, Blog, new orleans payroll company, Payroll Leap Year

  There is an unusual wage issue for 2015 that will affect many employers that pay exempt employees on a bi-weekly basis (rather than weekly, semi-monthly or monthly). With 52 weeks in a year, there normally are 26 bi-weekly pay periods in a calendar year.  In 2015, however, there will be 27 for many employers. 2015 Payroll Leap Year Different employers handle this in different ways.... Read More ⇒

What are the Affordable Care Act Changes Scheduled to Take Place in 2016?

Posted On: 10/23/2015 | Categories: ACA, Affordable Care Act, Blog

  Affordable Care Act changes to be aware of in 2016:   Employer Mandate Reporting Begins (Section 6056 Reporting) – Beginning in the 2015 tax year, all mid-sized and large employers are required to perform Section 6056 reporting. Just like W-2s, copies of the forms must be provided to employees by January 31st and filed with the IRS by February 28th (paper) or by March 31st... Read More ⇒

FMLA and ADA: Employer Obligations and Opportunities

Posted On: 10/13/2015 | Categories: ADA, Blog, FMLA, new orleans payroll company

FMLA and ADA: Employer Obligations and Opportunities – What Are They and What Are the Important Factors to Consider? When an employee has a medical condition and needs some leave time or other job adjustments, they are often protected by two separate and distinct federal labor laws: the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The FMLA is a federal... Read More ⇒

Pay During Inclement Weather Closures

Posted On: 09/18/2015 | Categories: Blog, inclement weather, new orleans payroll company, News

Pay During Inclement Weather Closures – A Q&A from Crescent Payroll Q:  If our company closes due to inclement weather, are we required to pay employees? A:  Generally, it’s up to your company to decide how to handle weather-related absences and tardiness.  Private employers may determine whether such absences and tardiness will be considered unexcused or excused, what the proper call-in procedures are and if employees... Read More ⇒

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