Archive for the ‘Compensation’ Category

IRS Announces 2019 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 58 cents per […]

14 Dec 18 - Compensation - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

Fall Back: Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

It’s time to grab that extra hour of sleep this weekend! More specifically, at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4, we’ll set our clocks back one hour as daylight saving time comes to a close. Believe it or not, the twice-yearly time change at 2 a.m. generates questions about how to calculate hours worked when […]

2 Nov 18 - Compensation, Overtime - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

New 2019 Exempt Classification Rates

Once again, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced rate changes for the computer software employee exemption and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption. These new rates take effect January 1, 2019. For the computer software employees’ exemption: The minimum hourly rate of pay exemption increased to $45.41 from its previous rate of $43.58; […]

26 Oct 18 - Compensation - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

Avoid Tax Surprises: IRS Promotes #PaycheckCheckup

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a #PaycheckCheckup campaign to remind taxpayers to check their federal income tax withholding now to avoid an unexpected tax bill or penalty at tax time. Employers can help by sharing this information with employees and directing employees to resources available on Tax Witholding and Tax Reform on the […]

20 Aug 18 - Compensation - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

California Supreme Court Hits Employers in Starbucks Off-the-Clock Work Case

In recent years, employers have faced lawsuits over small, or “de minimis,” amounts of unpaid time spent either before or after the employee clocks in — like time spent booting up your computer or locking up the store. Today, in Troester v. Starbucks, the California Supreme Court held that California’s Labor Code and wage orders […]

26 Jul 18 - Compensation, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »