It can be unnerving when exempt employees, who are paid a set salary, are chronically late. An employee could be 15 minutes late each day for a week and receive the same paycheck as someone who works the whole day. Unless the employee is able to make up for the lost time at the end of the day by staying late, that’s just not fair.
Author: Peggy Emch
In the United States, expense reimbursement is only required in a couple of cases.
1. In the event an employment contract contains expense reimbursement, an employer is responsible for expense payments.
2. When employees pay for business related expenses, they are kicking back money to their employers. These kickbacks must be subtracted from an employee’s wages to accurately calculate minimum wage. If employees are not paid at least minimum wage, free and clear, the employer is in violation of the FLSA.
However, some states have their own laws surrounding expense reimbursement. Those states include: Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Montana, Pennsylvania, New York, Iowa, and the District of Columbia. Illinois was the newest addition this year.
For 2019, the rate is up 3.5 cents. At first thought, this might seem a little odd since gas prices are down, but the mileage rate is based on much more than gas prices.
Employee payroll needs to adhere to a regular payroll schedule. Employers can’t just pay their employees whenever they get paid from their clients and they can’t postpone payroll because they ran into a big expense. However, while you do have to stick to a schedule, you can announce your plans to close payroll early so that employees get a check in time for the holidays.
Whether to give a cash bonus, how much to give, and whether there are alternatives are questions many entrepreneurs ask during the holidays.
The bonuses that employers give at the end of the year sends a message to employees. And, during the holidays, employees are listening. So before you give employees their bonuses, or don’t, think it over very carefully.
Everyone knows employees need to track time so they can be paid accurately, but freelancers and entrepreneurs may not realize that they should be tracking their time too. Time is an entrepreneur’s most valuable resource and so it’s important to allocate it wisely. Time tracking can help entrepreneurs and freelancers do just that.
Making a payroll mistake could mean getting reported to the Department of Labor. It could mean that you’ll get sued, fined, ordered to pay back wages, and forever fear the DOL. It’ll be an ugly mess over an honest mistake, right?
Well, not necessarily. If employers honestly try to follow the rules and don’t deliberately try to reduce overtime, the DOL may be lenient with a payroll mistake. At least that’s how it has appeared in a recent case.