Managing Employee Travel Pay, Expense Reimbursements & Employer Liability Under Federal Regulations

Webinar Background & Agenda : 

The recent regulations on how an employee must be compensated for time and expenses incurred while traveling for work or business are very complex, considering the various state and federal laws employers must abide by. This webinar discusses the latest rules and regulations that must be followed when paying an employee for travel pay and reimbursing for their expenses. It includes what is travel pay, best practices for handling the payments, how it affects overtime calculations and what is required on the state level. It also discusses the requirements for taxing travel expenses under IRS rules.

Background: How to compensate employees for the hours spent traveling on business is becoming one of the major concerns of the payroll department today.  Many recent changes in federal and state wage and hour rules as well as economic pressures on employers and employees alike can create a situation that can practically invite noncompliance lawsuits—especially if the travel time results in overtime being owed to the employee. But it isn’t just the DOL that is interested in travel pay. The IRS also has strict regulations on when employees can be paid for travel expenses without it being considered wages. Does the company use the per diem method to reimburse employees or the accountable plan method?  Or do you even need to have a method when it comes to reimbursing employees for travel expenses?

Topics covered include:

Updated Travel pay requirements—What you must pay for and why
Must follow practices for paying travel pay correctly 
Which employees have to be paid…and when
Payroll Compliance and travel pay issues—keeping wage and hour claims at bay
What to do when federal and state laws conflict and handling multiple state conflict issues
How travel pay affects overtime calculations—travel pay differences for exempt and non-exempt employees
Special circumstances that may require travel payment
What are per diems
When travel payments are taxable
Accountable and non-accountable plans

About The Trainer :
Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, is President and Academic Director of The Payroll Advisor™, a firm specializing in payroll education and training. The company’s website offers a payroll news service which keeps payroll professionals up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations. With nearly 40 years of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over three decades as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert has become the most sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues.  She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States that have been attended by executives and professionals from some of the most prestigious firms in business today. A pioneer in electronic and online education, Ms. Lambert produces and presents payroll related audio seminars, webinars and webcasts for clients, APA chapters and business groups throughout the country. Ms. Lambert is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University in Southern California and is the creator of and instructor for their Practical Payroll Online program, which is approved for recertification hours by the APA. She is also the instructor for the American Payroll Association’s “PayTrain” online program also offered by Brandman University.

Webinar Information
On Demand Webinar
Thursday, June 27, 2024
11 : 00 AM | EST
Vicki M. Lambert, CPP
90 minutes
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