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  • Final rule marks boundaries for federal employee time off for religious reasons
  • Wisconsin governor creates Joint Enforcement Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification
  • Minnesota issues new withholding allowance certificate
  • Connecticut updates guidance on service members and veterans
Unemployment Insurance Reports with Social Security
  • Social Security combined Trust Funds gain one year says Board of Trustees
  • GAO sets open priority recommendations for SSA in 2019


Payroll Management Guide

Final rule marks boundaries for federal employee time off for religious reasons

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued a final rule amending its current regulations on federal employee compensatory time off for religious observances to address comments, and to clarify provisions on employee coverage, employee and agency responsibilities, scheduling time to earn and use religious compensatory time off, accumulation and documentation, and employee separation or transfer. OPM is also implementing other miscellaneous changes in the pay and leave area, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2019.

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Wisconsin governor creates Joint Enforcement Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed Exeuctive Order 20 on April 5, 2019, creating the Joint Enforcement Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification. The Task Force will coordinate worker misclassification matters handled by the Departments of Revenue, Workforce Development, and Justice, as well as the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and other agencies and will report to the Governor on or before March of each year on their activities.

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Minnesota issues new withholding allowance certificate

Minnesota will personal income taxpayers to calculate Minnesota withholding allowances separately from their federal Form W-4, beginning in 2019. This can be accomplished using Form W-4MN. Taxpayers should present this completed form to their employers. They should include their Minnesota allowances and any additional amount to be withheld per paycheck. The full text of the notice is available at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNREV/bulletins/23d0ba1. (Minnesota Department of Revenue, Reminder: Minnesota quarterly withholding tax return due April 30, 2019, April 9, 2019.)

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Connecticut updates guidance on service members and veterans

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has revised an informational publication explaining how Connecticut personal income tax laws apply to U.S. armed forces personnel and veterans. The publication addresses the impact of the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) and the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 on the rules relating to the domicile or residence of a military spouse. The guidance states that military spouses who previously did not qualify for the MSRRA exemption because their state of residence or domicile was different from the servicemember's, can now elect to use, for state income tax purposes, the same state of residence as the servicemember and qualify for the MSRRA exemption. However, if Connecticut is the military spouse's state of domicile, the spouse cannot make this election. Among other topics, the publication addresses domicile and residency, the taxability of different types of income, return filing requirements for residents and nonresidents, filing extensions, military spouses, withholding and payment of estimated income tax, and the impact of a combat zone designation. Taxpayers may pay their Connecticut income tax liabilities either by credit card or debit card, for which a convenience fee will be charged by the service provider. (Connecticut Department of Revenue Informational Publication 2019(5), Services, April 4, 2019.)

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Unemployment Insurance Reports with Social Security

Social Security combined Trust Funds gain one year says Board of Trustees

The Social Security Board of Trustees has released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2035, one year later than projected last year, with 80 percent of benefits payable at that time.

The OASI Trust Fund is projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as last year's estimate, with 77 percent of benefits payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund is estimated to become depleted in 2052, extended 20 years from last year's estimate of 2032, with 91 percent of benefits still payable.

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GAO sets open priority recommendations for SSA in 2019

In February 2018, the General Accountability Office (GAO) identified seven open priority recommendations for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Since then, the SSA has implemented three of those recommendations by, among other things, developing a plan to include physician-assisted fraud as part of its broader efforts to assess disability fraud risk. As of January 2019, the SSA has four remaining open priority recommendations from those the GAO identified in 2018.

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Payroll and Unemployment Insurance NetNews is a current summary of federal and state employment laws and regulations, compliance issues, and other topics related to proper handling of day to day workplace matters. This timely information comes from the Payroll Management Guide and Unemployment Insurance Reporter with Social Security.

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