2017 Mileage Rates Annouced

The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.   Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:   53.5 […]

Federal Overtime Rules on Hold

(Our HR Support Center Published the following update)   Tuesday afternoon, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules, which were slated to go into effect in just over a week on December 1, 2016. The […]

Demystifying COBRA

By Mark Thompson   The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) provides employees and their families the ability to maintain health benefits for a limited amount of time if they have specific life events that would otherwise cause them to lose coverage.   Here are a few common questions and answers related to COBRA   […]

Final FLSA White Collar Exemption Rules Announced

The anticipation is finally over.  The Department of Labor has now announced the new salary threshold for certain employees to qualify as exempt from minimum wage and overtime under the FLSA White Collar Exemptions.  Starting December 1, 2016 the new minimum salary level will be $47,476 per year or $913 per week.  Our HR Support […]

Employment Law for Managers Seminar

Jonathan’s popular “Employment Law for Managers Seminar” is being offered by the Mountainland Applied Technology College’s “Custom Fit Program” at their Thanksgiving Point campus on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at significantly discounted rates (“Custom Fit Programs” are run by the state of Utah and use state funds to offset the cost of training programs for […]

Utah’s 2016 Legislative Session in Review: Some New Laws for Employers

By Jonathan K Driggs, Attorney at Law, P.C.   As most are probably aware, federal law establishes most of the basic requirements of employment law in the United States.  States (and even local governments) can then choose to embellish the law in favor of employees beyond the federal standards.  In regards to the Utah Legislature, […]

Understanding the Payroll Liability Report

by Travis Ward, Payroll Experts, Inc   I love the Payroll Liability Report.  This one page report shows many critical payroll numbers.  The first number I always look to is the “Total Bank Deposit” (bottom right corner of the report).  The amount shown here is the total cost for your payroll including employee net checks, […]

Employment Law 2016: Regulatory Changes in Full Bloom

by Jonathan K. Driggs, Attorney at Law   Next time you’re at a party and you want to impress your friends, ask them the following question: “what’s the difference between a law and a regulation?” [WARNING: asking a dull, legal question like this may result in your never being invited to another party again—and if […]

Employee Time Theft – Can You Afford To Ignore It?

by Cameron Lundgren, Payroll Experts, Inc   What is employee time theft?  Well, for starters it is the #1 greatest theft to employers in the United States.  It is classified as an employee being paid for not working.  If an employee is writing down their time often they will round in their benefit.  Another example […]

Employment Eligibility

By Linda Jackman   I often see employers obtaining a W-4 from a new employee but they overlook the importance and legal requirement of also obtaining an I-9 & proper I.D. from a new employee.   The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify employees’ eligibility for employment in the […]

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