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Payroll Wisconsin, Unique Aspects of Wisconsin Payroll Law and Practice
The Wisconsin State Agency that oversees the collection and reporting of State income taxes deducted from payroll checks is:
This information must be reported within 20 days of the hiring or rehiring.
The information can be sent as a W4 or equivalent by mail, fax or electronically.
There is no penalty for a late report in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin new hire-reporting agency can be reached at 888-300-4473 or on the web at http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/
Wisconsin does allow compulsory direct deposit but the employee's choice of financial institution must meet federal Regulation E regarding choice of financial institutions.
Wisconsin requires the following information on an employee's pay stub:
Wisconsin requires that employee be paid no less often than monthly; union contract may differ.
Wisconsin requires that the lag time between the end of the pay period and the payment of wages to the employee not exceed thirty-one days.
Wisconsin payroll law requires that involuntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay by next regular payday; within 24 hours if employer closes or moves and that voluntarily terminated employees must be paid their final pay by the next regular payday.
Deceased employee's wages must be paid when normally due to the surviving spouse, children or other dependent living with employee; within 5 days of death-surviving spouse, children, parents, or siblings (in that order).
Escheat laws in Wisconsin require that unclaimed wages be paid over to the state after one year.
The employer is further required in Wisconsin to keep a record of the wages abandoned and turned over to the state for a period of 5 years.
Wisconsin payroll law mandates no more than .82 may be used as a tip credit.
In Wisconsin the payroll laws covering mandatory rest or meal breaks are only that minors under 16 must have 30 minutes rest near middle of shift after six hours of work.
Wisconsin statute requires that wage and hour records be kept for a period of not less than three years. These records will normally consist of at least the information required under FLSA.
The Wisconsin agency charged with enforcing Child Support Orders and laws is:
Department of Workforce Development
Division of Economic Support
Bureau of Child Support
1 W. Wilson St., Rm. 382
P.O. Box 7935
Madison, WI 53707-7935
Wisconsin has the following provisions for child support deductions:
Please note that this article is not updated for changes that can and will happen from time to time.
About the Author: Charles J. Read, CPA has been in the payroll, accounting and tax business for 30 years,