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► Travel Logs: Hindsight is not 20/20

May 16, 2018

A recent Tax Court ruling held that travel logs reconstructed years after the fact were inadequate to substantiate business-related miles traveled as required by Section 274(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. Velez v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2018-46 (April 5, 2018). Although the case involves ...

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► Should Employers Allow Pets at Work?

May 11, 2018

Some workplace experts believe that employers who allow pets at work gain important advantages. One claim made is the calming effect animals have on employees. And, since most cats and dogs sleep the majority of the day anyway, and their mere presence can be calming and reassuring for their ...

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► Difficult Payroll Issues and Questions Facing Employers

May 7, 2018

While processing payroll generally moves along smoothly, occasionally an issue will arise that presents a new problem.  Even for those who meticulously record time worked and pay hourly wages or overtime, every once in a while a situation crops up that makes you shake your head and start ...

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► DOL Releases Two New Opinion Letters on Breaks And Travel Time

April 26, 2018

Last June, we reported on the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announcement that it would reinstate the use of Opinion Letters, an interpretive practice that had been replaced by the issuance of Administrator Interpretations during the Obama years.  Opinion Letters provide valuable guidance to ...

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► Best Practices for Accommodating Religious Beliefs at Work

April 25, 2018

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964 prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment. Under Title VII and most state laws, employers are required to accommodate an individual’s ...

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► Workplace Modifications to Accommodate Older Employees

April 24, 2018

The American workforce is aging as more and more older people are choosing to remain in the labor force longer than those from previous generations.  And, as our population demographics evolve over the years, employers are finding themselves with a workforce that is ever-changing in ...

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► Understanding the Pitfalls of Bonus Payments and Overtime

April 23, 2018

Bonuses are a way for employers to recognize and reward employee accomplishments in a monetary form. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), bonus payments are divided into discretionary and nondiscretionary types (29 USC 207; 29 CFR 778.211). Nondiscretionary bonuses are included in ...

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► Student Loan Repayment and Financial Planning Top the List of Voluntary Benefits

April 16, 2018

Voluntary benefits are a great way to attract and retain talent, but are you offering the right ones? A new survey, released by Willis Towers Watson, highlights the most popular voluntary benefits that are being offered today. Long viewed as “something nice to offer,” a growing ...

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► Healthcare Costs Still a Top Priority for Businesses

April 12, 2018

Hub International Limited (Hub), a global insurance brokerage, released the results of its third annual employee benefits study, Employee Benefits Barometer 2018: New Research Reveals the Business Value of Strategic Benefits Planning which examines the complexities of managing benefits and ...

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► Retaining Employees Through Worker Friendly Schedules

April 9, 2018

Employees leave organizations for a variety of reasons. Especially in today’s market where unemployment is at a 17-year low, employers are becoming more and more concerned with employee retention. Vacancies are getting tougher to fill, making it even more of a concern when an employee ...

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