The ramifications of payroll mistakes emanate from external and internal sources. Externally, the government can levy fines and penalties for payroll noncompliance. Internally, employees tend to become seriously concerned when an error shows up on their paycheck.
Even if employers aren't fully aware of it, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is something they should learn about – because its rules almost certainly apply to them. The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers many private sector employers as well as their workers.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of pushing the clock forward 1 hour during the summer so that daylight in the evening lasts longer. Each year, DST starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers track hours worked by nonexempt employees, who typically are paid by the hour. Although you can choose your own timekeeping system, it’s essential that the records you keep are accurate and complete.
Traditional leave plans separate time off into different categories, such as vacation, sick, and personal time. Employees are allotted a specific number of days or hours for each category. The time off, which is based on length of service, must be taken for the allotted purpose.
The process of terminating an employee should not be taken lightly, as improper handling can lead to unpleasant results, such as the employee suing the company. It’s therefore vital that you follow the law when firing or laying off an employee.