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Can Interns Who Agreed To Work For Free Sue For Wages?

Black Swan (film) Like ugly ducklings, will unpaid interns emerge as (Black) Swans? A series of lawsuits–including one by interns who worked on the  Black Swan   movie–is set to answer the question whether unpaid interns are  really  employees. It’s not just about titles, and not every case is the same. But no matter what you call employees, the law says they are entitled to wages under various employment laws. By definition, though, unpaid interns  agreed  to that status when they signed on. Isn’t later suing for wages going back on the deal? Yes and no. The most publicized case involves 100 or so interns who worked on the Black Swan movie. The defendants are Fox Searchlight  and Fox Entertainment Group. The interns say labor laws require companies using unpaid interns to provide training. They didn’t get it, they claim, so the deal is off and they want back pay. After a […]

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Are Hourly Workers Being Short-Changed? The Truth About Payroll Cards

“The underlying principle of the laws boils down to this: Employers cannot compel workers to take their pay in a way that costs them money.” We live in a fee-based world where there’s a price to pay even when collecting your paycheck. That’s what some hourly workers including those at McDonalds are saying, and the New York Attorney General is listening to them. New York AG Eric Schneiderman is currently investigating whether major businesses like McDonalds, Home Depot Walmart, Walgreens, Time Warner Cable and Darden Restaurants are short-changing their hourly workers. It’s not so much about how much they’re paying the employees but rather how they’re paying out the wages. At issue is a somewhat controversial method of payment: the payroll card. Employers use payroll cards to deposit paychecks for employees without checking accounts, and they work much like a traditional debit card. But because there’s a rising number […]

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Tips for Employers Who Outsource Payroll Duties

Employers often outsource their payroll and related tax duties to third-party payers such as payroll service providers (PSP) and reporting agents (RA). Third-party payers can help employers assure filing deadlines and deposit requirements are satisfied while also streamlining their business operations by collecting and timely depositing payroll taxes on the employer’s behalf and filing required payroll tax returns with state and federal authorities. Depending on the facts and circumstances, and the type of third-party arrangement, an employer who uses a third party to perform Federal employment tax functions on its behalf may remain solely liable for Federal employment taxes, or may become jointly and severally liable for such taxes. Employers may designate or enter into an agreement with a third party in which the third party agrees to take over some or all of the employer’s Federal employment tax withholding, reporting and payment responsibilities and obligations. Common third party […]

5 Tips on Resolving Payroll Tax Issues

5 Tips on Resolving Payroll Tax Issues

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 29, 2013 While employers may be concerned about the recent 2% increase in payroll tax, a March 1, 2013 Forbes report mentions a bigger tax issue involving payroll taxes, in “IRS Expands Independent Contractor Amnesty” ( Under the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP), the IRS has relaxed some rules. Platinum Tax Defenders’ CEO, Sherri Gastelum, offers five tips and suggests that qualified employers take […]

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Court rules MTA tax is constitutional; business leaders ‘shocked’

Thought it was done? Think again. For many local businesses, the ruling by a state appellate court that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority payroll tax is constitutional means a continuation of “taxation without representation,” said Charles North, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “I’m shocked that they declared it constitutional,” North said. “In my opinion, according to interpretation, it’s still unconstitutional. MTA can stand for ‘more taxes […]

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ZenPayroll Review – Peace Of Mind For Payroll Processing And Taxes

With its assortment of forms and calculations, payroll processing and taxes are a headache for most businesses. They distract from the main business. Excel sheets can help but are messy and unwieldy. Tax software is expensive and aimed at large corporations. This week, we will review ZenPayroll – an […]