State Laws & Charts

A regular flu season is bad enough. Pair the flu with covid-19 and it may be extraordinarily difficult to manage the impact on your workplace this winter. Employees who are already working at home can still get sick and may still need some downtime. Your challenge is to stay within the guidelines set by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
There will be no skeletons jumping out of closets or floating pumpkins glaring at you if you take care of these early year-end tasks now.
The death toll from covid-19 has now passed 100,000. It’s time to revisit a topic we always dread: paying deceased employees’ final wages.
States may raise their unemployment contribution rates next year. Strategy: If you’re willing to budget just a little bit more—by paying so-called voluntary contributions—you may come out ahead.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced some employers to make tough choices about terminating employees. If that’s the case in your company, you need to consider what goes into a final paycheck and when that check must be given to employees you’re letting go.
Employees working at home during the coronavirus pandemic have had no problems getting paid if they have direct deposit or you load their pay on paycards. Employees who still opt for paper checks weren’t that lucky. With e-pay options now in the foreground, it’s time to reach out to the dwindling few who still receive paper checks.
Can your vacation pay policy deny employees their accrued vacation pay if they are fired or quit without giving notice? Yes, according to a Colorado appeals court, which ruled that an employer’s policy of not paying accrued vacation pay to an employee who was fired was valid.
Are substitutes for SSNs now allowable on the new W-4 form? … Which W-4 form for rehires: the original, or must they refile using 2020 form? … Plus an all-states chart on 2020 W-4 forms.
The Department of Labor delivered an early holiday gift to employers on Dec. 12, releasing final regulations on how to calculate the regular rate of pay on which overtime pay is based.
Use this chart to determine whether you must report health benefits on employees’ W-2s.