The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the long-anticipated final version of its overtime eligibility rules. The changes will take effect on January 1, 2020. As a result, the DOL estimates that 1.3 million workers will be newly eligible for overtime pay. Are any of them on your payroll? Read on to find out. What's Changing? The basic change that takes effect next year is that … [Read more...] about New Overtime Pay Rules Finalized for 2020
Internships can be the ultimate "win-win" of employment. The intern wins by getting valuable work experience and training, and you win by getting a curious and dedicated worker who could return to your workforce down the road ready to hit the ground running. One thing interns aren't is a source of free (or low cost) labor, except under certain circumstances. Instances of abuse of unpaid … [Read more...] about Reap the Rewards of Fresh Talent with Internships
Taxes are a major consideration in mergers and acquisitions (M&As). The parties generally can structure a business purchase as either: 1. An asset purchase. The buyer can purchase all or some of the assets of the business. 2. A purchase of stock (or another ownership interest). The buyer can purchase the seller's … [Read more...] about How to Structure a Business Asset Purchase with Taxes in Mind
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently finished several investigations aimed at employers. The agency announced that seven different employers had violated federal laws involving minimum wages, overtime calculations, family and medical leave, the tip credit and work visas. Here are brief descriptions of the cases. 1. Minimum wage violations. A … [Read more...] about Federal Investigators Find Labor Law Violations in Several Cases
Small business owners have several options for their retirement plans. Two tax-smart and flexible alternatives are SIMPLE IRAs and solo 401(k) plans. If you're eligible for these types of plans and you want to maximize your tax-deferred savings, which makes more sense? Here's a series of side-by-side comparisons to help you decide.Eligibility Requirements SIMPLE IRASolo 401(k)SIMPLE IRAs … [Read more...] about SIMPLE IRA vs. Solo 401(k): Which Is Right for Your Small Business?
Reverse-mentoring isn't a new concept, nor is it widespread, though many companies could benefit from such a program. Pioneered at General Electric some two decades ago, the basic concept is that younger employees have a lot to teach older ones about work-related matters. In some corners of the business world, the idea is broadened to encompass mentoring by employees with diverse ethnic … [Read more...] about Reverse Mentoring: Moving Seasoned, Younger Workers Into High Gear