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IRS Tax Withholding Form W-4

New Form W-4, Tax Withholding Method

In December 2019, the IRS released its new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate for 2020. Prompted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS made major revisions designed to make income tax withholding easier for employees, including changing the name from Employees’ Withholding Allowance Certificate. The new form no longer has withholding allowances, […]

16 Jan 20 - Compensation - James W. Ward - No CommentsRead More »

2020 IRS Mileage Rates

On December 31, 2019 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finally issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 57.5 […]

3 Jan 20 - Compensation - James W. Ward - No CommentsRead More »

New DOL-Issued Final Rule Updates ‘Regular Rate’ of Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a final rule that updates regulations governing the “regular rate” of pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Taking effect on January 15, 2020, the rule is not only the first major update in decades, but also provides clarity regarding what should be included or excluded […]

13 Dec 19 - Compensation - James W. Ward - No CommentsRead More »

California employers don’t need to have prior knowledge of wage and hour violations to be held liable for a subcontractor’s wage theft.

Contracting for Labor? Employers Cited for Subcontractor’s $1.6 Million in Wage Theft

The Labor Commissioner recently fined two California grocers and their subcontractor more than $1.6 million in wage theft violations. The subcontractor was cited for violations affecting 64 workers, and through AB 1897, the client-employer liability law, the two grocers were also cited and required each to pay $825,813. All three employers have appealed the citations. […]

22 Nov 19 - Compensation, Overtime - Vannessa Maravilla - No CommentsRead More »

Examine Wage Practices: U.S. DOL Recovers Record Amount of Back Wages

In fiscal year (FY) 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recovered a record $322 million in wages for workers, up from $304 million in FY 2018. The DOL also held more than 3,700 educational outreach events to help employers understand their responsibilities under the law. Employers should examine their wage-and-hour practices to make sure […]

13 Nov 19 - Compensation - Katie Culliton - No CommentsRead More »