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NY Increases the Salary Threshold for Exemption from Overtime Pay


The New York State Department of Labor announced on Wednesday, Dec. 28th, that it would be increasing the salary threshold applicable to exempt executive and administrative employees in New York State. This threshold divides the exempt from the nonexempt, demarcating which salaried employees are eligible to earn overtime based on their weekly salary. Currently, salaried employees earning at or under $675 per week receive overtime for hours they work above 40; those who earns above $675 do not. Now, employers in New York are now faced with complying with an increased salary threshold that takes effect on Dec. 31st, 2016, and will be updated annually over the next few years. The increase means that salaried employees

Updated List of State Deadlines for Filing 2016 W-2 and 1099 Forms


Important date changes have been announced for tax filing 2016 W-2s and 1099 forms. The IRS has set the federal filing deadline for January 31, 2017 instead of the traditional February 28 due date. The new earlier filing deadline is a result of a new federal law enacted last December that aims to make it easier for the IRS to detect and prevent refund fraud, and one of its measures includes an accelerated W-2 filing deadline. Additionally, the IRS has increased the penalties for failing to file the correct forms by the due date, intentionally disregarding filing requirements, and failing to furnish W-2s to employees. The deadline for furnishing copies of these forms to employees is also January

Easing Employees Into Time Tracking


If your employees are unaccustomed to clocking in and out, delivering the news that your company will begin officially tracking their time may be met with mixed emotions. It’s not uncommon for employees to express concern about being required to clock in and out. Usually these fears are unfounded, and the sooner they know that, the better. In reality, time tracking provides employees with numerous benefits and actually works in their interest. It’s important to de-escalate the concerns employees express as quickly as possible by establishing the facts about time tracking. Explain the limits of time tracking. Advanced technology now allows for tracking employee time at any work site, whether it be in the field or in

Last-Minute Workplace Advice and Guidance for the Holidays


It’s the week before the holidays, and during this crucial time, you may still have a few last-minute decisions to make. If you’re a small business owner, you’re probably not steeped in HR procedure and policy, and you might be tackling the holidays for the first time. So, here are a few refreshers to help you evaluate your readiness as the week winds down:   Consider early dismissal Will you be an employer that lets your employees leave early the day before the holidays or the holiday weekend? This is a common practice embraced by many business owners. “Many businesses who cannot afford larger holiday bonuses or perks of that nature can really lean into being flexible with time

What Happens if You Don’t Track your Employees’ Time?


The Fair Labor Standards Act requires all covered employers to keep certain records for each nonexempt worker, including hours worked each day and total hours worked each workweek. However, for smaller businesses, tracking employee time is often treated more casually. Employees may receive no instruction or information regarding how their time is monitored. Instead, supervisors are trusted to keep an eye on every worker’s time, and payroll is run based on the hours they report, regardless of whether or not the times are accurate. This lax system of time recording creates opportunity for wage theft, as time is not tracked to the minute and little effort is expended confirming that the hours are correct. Not only is accuracy at

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