Laura Lough, Esq

Laura Lough, Esq. is the Director of Publications for the American Payroll Association. Lough joined the APA in 1997. She manages the editorial department, whose areas of responsibility include many of APA’s professional publications, Payroll Currently, PayState Update, conference handouts, and course materials. In addition to her role at the APA, Lough is also an attorney and a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bars.
 

07/08/2016

Connecticut Enacts Paycard Law

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A new law allows employers to use paycards to pay employees in Connecticut as long as certain conditions are met.

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05/26/2016

Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act Reintroduced in Congress

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PNN: Multi-state work taxation

The Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act would prevent the double taxation of interstate telecommuters by requiring states to use the physical presence test for taxation.

03/03/2016

New Uniform Local Tax Form Available for Kentucky

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PNN: Kentucky Local Tax

Kentucky has city, county, and school district occupational license taxes that employers withhold from employee wages.

02/08/2016

States Fight Tax Fraud by Delaying PIT Refunds

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PNN: State Tax Filing

To fight tax fraud, many states accelerated the filing deadline for employers to file Forms W-2.

12/23/2015

2016 Supplemental Wage Tax Rates

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PNN: Supplemental Wage Rates

Wages classified as "supplemental wages" are often taxed at a flat rate for federal and state income tax withholding.
 

10/21/2015

2016 SSA Wage Base Announced

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PNN: Social Security Wage Base

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the 2016 social security wage base will be $118,500; the same as in 2015. The Fact Sheet can be found on the SSA website.

10/09/2015

State Trend to Accelerate W-2 Filing Deadlines

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PNN: State W-2 filing deadlines

There is a state trend to accelerate the filing deadlines of Forms W-2 and annual reconciliation returns.

09/02/2015

Michigan UI Taxable Wage Base to Decrease

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PNN: MI UI

Michigan's unemployment insurance (UI) taxable wage base will decrease $500 beginning with the third quarter of 2015.

06/30/2015

Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal

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PNN: Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that overturned state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage.

06/29/2015

Supreme Court Upholds ACA in Vote of 6-3

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PNN: ACA Upheld

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the tax credit provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

06/24/2015

IWO and e-IWO Deadlines Draw Near for Employers

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The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) released an updated version of the standard child support withholding order.

06/07/2015

Scranton Becomes First PA Municipality to Increase LST

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PNN: Scranton LST

The city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, recently increased its Local Services Tax (LST)

04/30/2015

Michigan Enacts Garnishment Reform Legislation

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PNN: MI Garnishments

The Michigan governor has signed legislation that will reform the state's garnishment process.

04/20/2015

Potential FUTA Credit Reduction States for 2015

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PNN: FUTA 2015

U.S. Department of Labor published the State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Solvency Report 2015.

03/02/2015

Proposed Bill Aims to Ensure Workers' Paid Sick Time

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PNN: Paid Sick Leave

A hot topic shaping up for 2015 is paid sick time and paid family and medical leave for employees.

01/20/2015

Ohio Passes Municipal Income Tax Reform

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PNN: Ohio Muni Tax

Governor John Kasich has signed legislation that will reform municipal income taxation in Ohio.

11/14/2014

New Law Enforces Use of E-IWOs

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Public Law 113-183 contains several provisions affecting child support collection.

11/07/2014

New California Law Provides Employees With Paid Sick Leave

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PNN: CA Sick Leave

New law requires employers to provide California employees with paid sick leave, effective July 1, 2015.

07/10/2014

States, Cities Wish to Increase the Minimum Wage

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PNN: State, Local Minimum Wage

Several states and cities have passed laws increasing, or seeking to increase, the minimum wage.

06/05/2014

Senate Bill Challenges Convenience of the Employer Test

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PNN: Convenience of the Employer - Senate

This federal legislation would prohibit states from applying the convenience of the employer test on nonresident employees.

01/21/2014

States Face FUTA Credit Reduction for 2013

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Pay News Now: States Face FUTA Credit Reduction

States and territories can take out federal unemployment account loans (FUTA) to pay unemployment insurance benefits.

01/21/2014

Employees Say "No" to the 9-5 Grind!

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Pay News Now: Employees Say No!

The Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) will give certain workers much more freedom in creating their working environment.

01/21/2014

Ohio Seeks to Reform Municipal Income Tax

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Pay News Now: Ohio Municipal Income Tax Reform

This legislation seeks to reform the municipal income tax system currently in place in Ohio.

01/21/2014

Maryland Considers Regulation of Payroll Service Providers

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Pay News Now: MD May Regulate Payroll Service Providers

A Maryland law was enacted to create a new commission to study the regulation of payroll service providers in the state.

01/20/2014

Don't Be in the Dark About Your Holiday Bonus

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Pay News Now: About Your Holiday Bonus

The end of the year is a time for holiday festivities and paycheck bonuses.