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What Can and Cannot Be Deducted From an Employee's Wages in 2017 (HRM277B)

Presented By : Vicki M. Lambert , CPP
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100 minutes
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The Compliant and Safe Way to Handle Payroll Deductions in 2017!

Handling payroll deductions or employee wage deduction is a complex task. But payroll must get it right every time for every pay check. Failure to deduct proper taxes can invite penalties on the employer by the IRS. On the other hand, making an illegal wage deduction for a fringe benefit or for collecting an overpayment can result in a visit from the federal or state DOL auditor, or both.

After calculating gross wages for an employee is accomplished, much more difficult decisions have to be made. What must an employer deduct from on employee’s wages? What can be deducted legally? What can never be deducted? These questions and more must be answered correctly before processing that paycheck. And if this is the employee’s final check…the rules may change! Though everyone knows that payroll deducts for federal and state taxes, how much input does the employee have concerning these deductions is again a confusing area. Fringe benefits are a normal part of payroll for most employees.  Deducting for voluntary fringe benefits such as health insurance or group term life can usually be an easy task.  But what about health insurance under a medical support order?  Does that change how it is processed by payroll?

This webinar by payroll expert Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, will provide answers to your many questions and dilemma in payroll deduction in 2017. You’ll understand which taxes are mandatory, courtesy and which one are controlled by employees. The session will also discuss how to process voluntary and involuntary health insurance deductions. You will come to know about deductions on basis of uniforms and meals/lodging, etc.

Vicki will focus on providing answers to the following questions among others in this informative 100-minute presentation:

  • How will payroll process collection of back taxes if required by the state or IRS?
  • If a payday loan deduction is received as opposed to a creditor garnishment, how does payroll proceed and which ones must be honored and why?
  • How to process voluntary and involuntary health insurance deductions?
  • Can the cost of the uniforms and their upkeep be deducted from an employee’s wages?
  • Can I deduct the cost of shortage or breakage from the employee’s paycheck under the state or federal laws?
  • What can be deducted from the employee’s paycheck for employer provided meals and lodging and can this be used as credit against the minimum wage paid?
  •  What if an employee is overpaid can the employer simply deduct the overpayment from future payments or does the employee have to agree to the deduction in writing? Which law should I follow, state or federal?
  • Can an employer recoup advanced vacation hours from the employee’s final check under federal or state laws?
  • How to recoup loans, advances on wages to employees or allow purchase of items from the employer?

Session Highlights:

  • Charts and examples of calculating disposable income for child support
  • Calculation of take home pay for federal tax levies
  • How to calculate a creditor garnishment – Explained with charts and examples
  • When meals and lodging can be applied as a credit towards minimum wage
  • Insights on recouping overpayments under the FLSA
  • Review of anti-wage theft laws
  • Mandatory, courtesy and employee-controlled taxes
  • Child support —the limits but not beyond
  • Review of federal and state tax levies
  • How many and how often can you honor creditor garnishments?
  • When are voluntary wage assignments for “payday loans” required to be honored?
  • Handling of fringe benefits such as health insurance or group term life
  • Uniforms—when the employer pays for it and when the employee furnishes it
  • When meals become part of the employee’s wages
  • Handling lodging, shortages, breakages and overpayments
  • Advanced vacation pay— can we take them back when the employee quits?
  • Loan terms when an employee is active or when the employee terminates
  • Employee purchases—active employees and terminated employees
  • Anti-wage theft laws and the states

Who Should Attend

Payroll and human resources professionals who must determine what deductions can and should be made for an employee’s regular paycheck or their final paycheck

At the Q&A session following the live event, ask a question and get a direct response from our expert speaker.

About Our Speaker(s)

Vicki M. Lambert, Hr Training Programs ExpertVicki M. Lambert CPP
Vicki M. Lambert, CPP is President and Academic Director of The Payroll Advisor™ a firm specializing in the training of payroll professionals.  With over three decades of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 20 years as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert is a sought-after ... More info

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