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Sick and Family Leave Reporting Guidance

The Treasury Department and the IRS have issued Notice 2021-53, which provides guidance to employers about using Form W-2 to report the amount of

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How To Handle Your First Payroll

Regardless of whether your first payroll involves a few employees or many, the goal is to execute payroll in an accurate and compliant manner. Here

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Employee Retention Credit: Further Guidance

In COVID Tax Tip 2021-123, the IRS clarifies some of the confusion surrounding the powerful but complex Employee Retention Credit. The IRS is

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Vaccine Mandates: The Elephant in the Room

COVID-19 and its variants continue to disrupt the way we live, work and play. The population disagrees on whether to wear masks or be vaccinated, and

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Do Employers Have to Pay for New Hire Orientation and Training?

Orientation formally introduces the new hire to the company — including its mission, culture, values, vision, policies, procedures and fringe

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Should You Pay an Employee Who Resigns With Two Weeks’ Notice?

An employee who resigns with two weeks’ notice may think they are doing you a favor. But in fact, it can be a payroll headache, especially if

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Why Use Time and Attendance Software?

Documentation is key to wage and hour compliance. Simplify time tracking by automatically calculating hours worked as well as vacation time,

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What Can a Payroll Service Do for You?

Even if your business has only a few employees, you may be considering outsourcing your payroll processing to a specialist. What can a payroll

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Create a Strategy To Bring Back Workers

“Going back to the office” takes on new meaning after more than a year of working from home. Some people are excited to get back to

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Health Insurance Plans and Alternatives for Small Businesses

Employer-based health insurance costs have increased modestly since 2012 — between 3% and 5% annually for family coverage, according to a 2020

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Executive Order Targets Noncompete Agreements

These days, many employees at companies large and small to sign an agreement when they’re onboarded. It says that they’re not allowed to

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What Employers Need to Know About FICA Taxes

The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) mandates that employers have to withhold, and also match, certain taxes. FICA consists of Social

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EEOC Publishes Updated COVID Guidance

As workplaces resume in-person operations, or at least consider doing so, there are many questions about the rules and requirements. However, the

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Affordable Care Act Upheld — Again

In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, again, the Affordable Care Act. Texas and other states had sued to overturn it. The court’s

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Retirement Plan Startup Costs Tax Credit

A tax credit for small-employer pension plan startup costs may be awaiting you. You may be able to claim a tax credit of up to $5,000 when you set up

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Planning Ahead for Tax Credits and Deductions

Everybody wants to pay as little in taxes as possible. Most people use software or hire an accountant to help them find all the deductions they can

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What Is a Money Purchase Pension Plan?

A money purchase pension plan is an employee retirement benefit plan that requires companies to contribute a specific percentage of an

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IRS Adjusts HSA Limits for 2022

As it does each year, the IRS has announced changes for health savings accounts, which are associated with high-deductible health plans. The figures

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Do You Need an Economic Injury Disaster Loan?

Even before the pandemic, the Small Business Administration offered Economic Injury Disaster Loans for “losses not covered by insurance or

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How Do Holidays Affect FMLA Leave?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) dictates that employers with 50 or more employees must give eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid,

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A Checklist for Navigating Open Enrollment

Before Open Enrollment – Reflect on the previous open enrollment period. Note the successes and failures and formulate a strategy for avoiding

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When You Have an HR Department of One

At a minimum, the human resources department handles: Recruiting. Hiring. Compensation. Employee benefits. Training and development. Employee

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How Much FMLA Leave Should Part-Time Employees Receive?

To take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, an employee must: Work for an employer that has least 50 employees for 20 or more workweeks in

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Employers Get Tax Breaks for Vaccination Leave

Small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, can claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid

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Repaying Deferred Payroll Taxes

IRS Notice 2020-65 allowed employers to defer withholding and payment of the employee’s Social Security taxes. This deferral applied to those with

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Rethinking Your Employee Benefits Strategy

In the past, as long as you provided health insurance and retirement benefits, your benefits were considered competitive. Now, the pressure is on

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Hiring in a New Era

As you create your company’s hiring plan for a post-pandemic world, you need to adapt to a new reality. To begin with, you will need to

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7 Key Aspects of Payroll Compliance

1. Federal wage and hour laws The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets federal wage and hour standards, which are administered by the U.S. Department

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Employment Records Retention: What Are the Federal Laws?

Preview in new tab How long do you have to keep records? There’s no one answer. However, we’ve summarized some of the most common federal

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What Will Retaining Talent Look Like in the Post-Pandemic Workplace?

Who could have predicted the disruption and change 2020 brought to the way we work? Now that we are starting to look ahead, past the loss and the

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Common Overtime Mistakes To Avoid

There are many ways to run afoul of overtime laws. Below are some of the most common — review them to ensure that you’re always in

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Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations?

Can an employer require its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19? It’s a simple question, but one that does not have an easy answer. In

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An Overview of Federal and State Overtime Exemption Laws

On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule increasing the salary threshold for executive, administrative and professional

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Are Your Employees Cross-Trained?

When employees quit or miss work for some reason, when layoffs become necessary, or even when it’s just a matter of busy season, cross-trained

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What Are Predictive Scheduling Laws?

At times, you may want to suddenly change an hourly employee’s work schedule to better suit your business needs. However, several jurisdictions

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Employee Retention Tax Credit Gets a Boost

The second relief bill, passed at the end of 2020, contains updates to the employee retention credit, a refundable payroll tax credit. Each option

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IRS Updates Form 941 To Reflect COVID-19 Tax Credits

The IRS has revised Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, to accommodate COVID-19-related employment tax credits granted under the

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What the Taxpayer First Act Means for Employers

According to the IRS’ website, the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 “aims to broadly redesign” the IRS by expanding and strengthening

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Cash Balance Plans: Defined-Benefit with a Twist

Both individuals and the companies they work for continue to explore new ways to address the finances of retirement. One option is the cash balance

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