Author: Robert Hernandez

Perhaps the most beneficial tax benefit available to a minister is the clergy housing allowance, which allows a minister to exclude permissible housing expenses from taxable income. Now that that the current year is more than half over, it is a good time for churches and...

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. System Options   The evolution of technology...

The general consensus is that under federal law employers can deduct negative paid leave balances from an employee's final wages. However, it would benefit you to look deeper, as there are subtleties at play. Deducting Negative Leave Balances From Nonexempt Employees' Wages   The U.S. Department of Labor...

Can we ask for proof of vaccination? Isn’t this a HIPAA violation or an illegal inquiry under the ADA or somehow confidential information?   Employers can ask for proof of vaccination unless there is a state or local law or order to the contrary.* When an employer is...

No, you can change your housing allowance or designation at any time throughout the year, and you can amend it as needed. IRS details the housing allowance in section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code. While the IRS does not specify when you can designate, they...

Are You Compliant?   Is your business at risk for fines or sanctions in case of a labor audit? By answering the following questions, you can better identify your current labor audit liability. Are Your Timekeeping Procedures Sufficient?   Are employee time and attendance records accurate and accessible? Are...

Retroactive, or retro, pay is money due to an employee for work already performed but paid at a lower rate. Most commonly, it is linked to late performance appraisals, in which the employee received a pay increase that took effect in a prior pay period. Employees...