Oregon employers must begin withholding a new statewide transit tax beginning July 1, 2018. There is no employer paid portion of the new transit tax; it is paid entirely by individual employees through payroll withholding. The tax must be withheld from wages of Oregon residents (regardless of where the work is performed) and wages of nonresidents of Oregon who perform services in Oregon. Continue reading
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that all employees be paid at least minimum wage for all hours worked as well as pay of at least one and one half times their regular rate of pay for all overtime hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek. Employees who are classified as exempt are not subject to these minimum wage or overtime requirements.
In order to be classified as exempt, the employee must be paid on a salary basis of at least $455 per week (Update: As of January 1, 2020 the new minimum weekly salary for exempt employees is $684). In addition, the employee’s work must meet certain duties tests as established by the Department of Labor (DOL). You can read more about this here.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently released a statement adopting a “primary beneficiary” test to be used when determining whether an intern for a for-profit employer should be classified as an employee under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Continue reading
The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers pay all non-exempt employees at a rate of at least one and one half times their regular rate of pay for each hour worked over 40 hours in a workweek. While this may seem straight forward, there are many misconceptions regarding when overtime is to be paid and to which employees. Below is a list of five of the top myths associated with overtime pay. Continue reading
Each year there are a number of payroll limits that may change. In preparation for 2018, below is a list of changes that will take effect beginning January 1, 2018 (unless otherwise noted).
- Tax bracket changes (federal) issued by the IRS on October 19, 2017 in Revenue Procedure 2017-58 – click here for more information.
- Social Security limit will increase from $127,200 to $128,400 (NOTE: The Social Security Administration had previously announced a limit of $128,700 but that has been revised to $128,400).
When weather emergencies, like hurricanes or snow storms, occur and your business is affected, are you required to pay your employees? It’s not a simple yes or no answer — rather, the situation and the employees’ exempt or nonexempt status determine who should be paid and for what. Continue reading
When an employee quits their job voluntarily or is terminated involuntarily by their employer, it is important for an employer to know the rules regarding any final wages owed to the employee.
Each state’s wage and hour laws determine when and how the final payments are made. Many states have different rules for voluntary resignations and involuntary terminations. For example, some states require a check to be given at the time of termination when the termination is involuntary but don’t require final payment to be paid to an employee who is voluntarily quitting until the next regularly scheduled pay date. Continue reading