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Time-Off Request Function Added to Employee Calendar
A new page in the Employee Calendar allows managers to group employees into a team, and allows the team to see one another’s time-off requests. This helps team members make sure there is adequate coverage, per the direction of the manager.
The following criteria can be defined by the manager:
- Limit how many employees can request a day off on certain days.
- Grey out dates that no employee can request time off.
- Allow employees access to view their Team calendar.
- Limit details of what employees can view (just how many employees have that day off or actual employee names; you choose the setting).
In addition to time-off requests, the calendar can be set up to display holidays, employee names, absence names, absence hours, and pending absences—including reminder notifications. Employees can print the full month, week, or day calendar that includes all of the updated functionality, within the parameters that managers create.
For more information, please contact Ted Stepniewski, email@example.com
IMPORTANT! No-Match Letters:
SSA Releasing Employer Correction Request Notices
In March, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began mailing notifications to employers identified as having at least one name and Social Security Number (SSN) combination submitted on wage and tax statement forms (Form W-2) that do not match.
The purpose of the letter is to advise employers that corrections are needed in order for the SSA to properly post each employee's earnings to the correct record. There are a number of reasons why reported names and SSNs may not agree with our records, such as typographical errors, unreported name changes, and inaccurate or incomplete employer records.
If you receive one of these notices, it is important that you take action to correct the mis-matches.
First, create a Business Services Online (BSO) account with the Social Security Administration at the link below. You will receive the passcode in the mail to complete the activation process that will grant you access to view name and SSN errors. Then, check for any errors you can spot on the employee list (such as typos, name changes, etc.). To make necessary corrections in payroll, please contact your Payroll Specialist.
To set up a BSO account and access your list, please click on the SSA link below:
It is not recommended that the employer talk to employees without advice on the legal issues and exposures related with the process of correcting the data. If you have questions, contact Leslie Day, Director of HR Consulting, firstname.lastname@example.org
Minimum Salary Threshold Under Review Again
The Department of Labor is once again considering amending the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The current proposal is for the minimum salary threshold for workers to qualify for “white collar” exemptions to increase from $23,660 annually to $35,308.
This proposal was previously on the table in May of 2016 to raise the threshold to $47,476 annually. But days before the rule was set to take effect, a Texas federal district court judge blocked it.
The new rule, with a revised threshold of $35,308, is set to take effect in January of 2020—though could face legal challenges and be delayed again. However, Precision’s Director of HR Consulting Services, Leslie Day, advises that employers be aware that the rule is being reconsidered, and be prepared for what is likely to be at least some increase in the threshold.
Day recommends that employers identify all positions in their organizations that are classified as exempt but pay less than $35,308. For more information, contact Leslie at email@example.com or 630-785-2205.