Department of Labor Timesheet Application

Employers need to be aware with today’s technology of “smart phones” and “tablets” employees have an additional means to recording their work hours.  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has launched an electronic timesheet application designed to help employees keep a record of their time independently from the system their employer may be using.   In cases where […]

Confirming Employment Eligibility

The role of human resource and payroll professionals has evolved significantly in recent years.  Both HR and payroll professionals are tasked to do more and the skills required have expanded in conjunction with their growing scope of responsibilities. The Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration work together to confirm employment eligibility.  The I-9 […]

Fringe Benefits

Employers are continuously looking for ways to improve employee moral and job retention.  Fringe benefits play an intricate part of a well rounded incentive package.  Many of these benefits include health and life insurance, dependent care assistance, and other perks.  Since most fringe benefits are tracked for taxability purposes, what happens when a benefit is […]

Protecting Employee Information

Employment fraud through identity theft has increased exponentially over the last few years.  To understand the severity of the situation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports it receives approximately 50,000 ID theft complaints a week.  Most of the complaints filed with the FTC are related to tax refund scams. What is identity theft? Identity theft […]

E-Verify Self Check

The E-Verify system is a tool for employers in the United States to ensure they are employing a legal workforce.   E-Verify Self Check is the first online E-Verify program offered directly to workers and job seekers. This voluntary service was developed through a partnership between Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration […]

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission works diligently to ensure hiring opportunities are fair and non-discriminatory for everyone. Founded in 1965 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the EEOC mission statement is “We Promote Equality of Opportunity in the Workplace and Enforce Federal Laws Prohibiting Employment Discrimination”.  The EEOC provides guidance to federal agencies on all aspects […]

Do You Have the New I-9?

March 8, 2013 the U.S Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) released the new version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form.  Employers have 60 days to begin using the form for new hires, but they can also start using it immediately. Download the most recent copy today! What has changed? New data fields have been […]

Jury Duty

Jury duty is one of the many responsibilities of voting citizens in our country.  In some instances, this may take a single day. In more extreme cases, it can last for weeks. When an employee is called to service for jury duty, he or she is mandated to attend.  The employer is required to allow […]

Hiring Undocumented Workers

U.S. Companies can face fines and even imprisonment for hiring undocumented workers.  The Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) created a program to assist employers in avoiding the hiring of illegal aliens. Created to combat unlawful employment and reduce identity theft through self-policing within industries or regions, IMAGE is the ICE announced Mutual Agreement […]

Delegating Tax Responsibility – Fact or Fiction?

Many businesses outsource payroll and tax processing to third-party service providers.  For many businesses this is the best solution to streamline their payroll process, assure filing deadlines and deposit requirements are met, and simplify the employee administration requirements. When a business owner/employer outsources their payroll, who is responsible, if the third party fails to comply […]