Daylight Savings Time and Wage and Hour Compliance

For employees working the graveyard shift, this weekend could be a bit longer than normal. With the exception of Arizona and Hawaii, Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 3rd at 2 AM local time for all U.S. states. At this time, thetime-371226_1280 clocks will roll back to 1 AM and repeat the hour. If you have employees that work at that time, your payroll liability will likely be higher than on a typical work day because of the additional hour worked unless scheduling modifications are made. Continue reading

Paid Leave Soon to be the Law in Nevada January 2020

Following suit with other states, Nevada will soon require employers with 50 or more employees to provide general paid leave to all employees. This include full-time and part-time employees, but excludes temporary, on-call, and seasonal employees.

Effective January 1st, 2020, employers must provide “at least 0.01923 hours of paid leave per hour of work performed.” This means that an employee who works 40 hours a week for a whole year will accrue 40 hours of paid leave. This paid leave can be used for any reason, in fact your employee does not have to give you a reason. Still, employees must give a “reasonable” amount of notice before using their paid leave. Continue reading

New DOL Ruling Increases the Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

club-2492011_1920This morning the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the new salary threshold for exempt employees. Currently employees who meet certain job duties tests and are paid on a salary basis equal to at least $455 per week can be considered exempt from overtime. The new ruling increases the salary threshold from $455 per week to $684 per week. This new threshold is effective January 1, 2020.

The new threshold means that employers who have exempt employees making less than $684 need to either reclassify the employees as non-exempt (making them eligible for overtime pay when working more than 40 hours in a workweek ) or need to increase wages to be above the weekly minimum. Continue reading

Veteran’s Day a Required Day Off in Some States

Veteran’s Day, a day to commemorate and honor those who have served in our nation’s military in the past and present, is November 11. It dates back to 1918 when the fighting ceased on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month during World War I. For this reason, November 11, 1918 is largely considered the end of the war “to end all wars.” It was in November 1919 that President Wilson declared November 11 as the first Armistice Day. In a speech he stated, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” It was generally celebrated with parades and cessation in business beginning at 11:00 am.

However, much has changed since November 1919. Through the hustle and bustle of modern-day business, it has caused much confusion about how employers should observe Veteran’s Day and what legal obligations they have. In Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Oregon employers may be required to provide veterans a day off if they are normally scheduled. Continue reading

IRS Announces Increased 401k Contribution Limits for 2019

The IRS has announced today that the individual contribution limit for 401(k) plans in 2019 will increase from $18,500 to $19,000.  Individuals age 50 or over will be able to contribute an additional $6,000 per year as a catch up contribution.

There were also changes announced to other types of retirement plans, you can read more details regarding these changes here: Notice 2018-83.

Minimum Wage to Increase for Michigan Employees

The state of Michigan has recently passed a law that will gradually increase the minimum wage for non-exempt employees to $12.00 per hour by January 1, 2022.  The state minimum wage applies to all Michigan employers with two or more employees who are 16 years of age or older.

In the past, Michigan has allowed employers to pay tipped employees 38% of the minimum wage, but that percentage will gradually increase to 80% of the minimum wage by January 1, 2022.  Continue reading

Semi-Monthly Payrolls: Calculating Overtime Owed

Federal law requires that all non-exempt employees are paid at a rate of one and one half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. This is pretty straightforward to figure out when a payroll is processed on a weekly or biweekly schedule because the number of days in the pay period remain the same. But for employers who pay their employees semi-monthly (i.e., the 1st and the 15th of the month) the number of work days fluctuate from one pay period to the next depending on the way the calendar falls.  Continue reading