I swear to God, HR is going to cause me to lose my job.We received an order from CA to pay a penalty due to late payment of wages. HR received it, ran it thru our attorney, then her boss, who sent it to my boss. My boss sent it to me with directions for mailing. The order said no payroll deductions should be taken. In my version of payroll English that means no benefits, no 401K, etc... Taxes are not payroll deductions. Taxes are taxes. The last time I cut checks for this situation I was told specifically by CA DOL to take FICA and SDI only. So when I cut these checks I did the same.
I received a call from CA DOL - same gal I talked to back in November. Why did I take payroll deductions? I told her I didn't. I took taxes. She says that taxes are a payroll deduction. WHAT? This is not what you said last time around. It states right on the order: $1,946.48 for additional wages accrued as a penalty and shall not be subject to payroll or other deductions. Wages = take FICA. Payroll Deductions is not taxes. Then she says it's up to the employee to file. Which tells me again that they're wages and FICA should be taken by, like, LAW. I finally gave up arguing. I told her to send the checks back to me and I'd get the correct ones turned around in three days from the time I receive the checks back.