The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) has circumvented a proposal from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would have required wait staff to share tips with owners, supervisors, and managers. Employers who pay the full federal minimum wage may now allow non-traditionally, non-supervisory tipped workers, such as cooks and dishwashers, to participate in tip pools. The CAA also increased employer penalties for tip theft.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that address the new employer credit for paid family and medical leave. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created the credit, which is generally effective for wages paid in taxable years of the employer beginning after December 31, 2017. It is not available for wages paid in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2019.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.4 percent from February to March. This result stems from a 0.3-percent increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.1-percent decrease in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
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