Payroll Laws: Do Employers Provide Enough Meals And Breaks?

Are meals and breaks benefits or requirements when it comes to payroll solutions?

If you are like most employers, you graciously provide your employees with a period for lunch; even more, an extra break period to rest throughout the day (coffee, snacks). However, are you simply being generous or is this required by law?

The Fair Labors Standards Act (FLSA) does not mandate an employer to provide employees with lunch or coffee breaks; however, should you choose to give your employees a lunch break you are required to pay employees whose break last between 5-20 minutes.

Should you allow your non-exempt employee to take a lunch break greater than 30 minutes please ensure they are not performing any type of work duties – covering the phones, answering questions, waiting on deliveries, checking work email etc.  

Otherwise, you are obligated to compensate them for their lunch break. As a precaution it is recommended to have your non-exempt employees step away from their work area and have a designated space for breaks.

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Payroll Laws In Oklahoma: What To Be Aware Of In 2015

For 2015, there are new regulatory requirements issued by the government that reflect what an employer needs report and file for payroll purposes. Effective January 1st, 2015, new federal laws cover taxation, benefits, government contractors, workplace safety, and healthcare (with addition to reports W2 and 1009, employers need to give to on-board employees with details about compensation pay and withholdings).

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Payroll Laws In Oklahoma: Employer’s Responsibilities To Be Aware Of

Payroll laws in oklahoma can impact your requirements with taxes and reporting

Payroll has a lot to do with a company’s accountability. Companies need to comply with all payroll tax requirements so they are in good, financial standing. When it comes to it, companies want to report fairly andavoid payroll tax penalties. And how do you avoid these penalties?  The only way to avoid fines is to understand all key federal and state tax requirements.

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