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Amber Malik

Amber Malik is a payroll specialist with FocusPay Solutions. Amber manages client payroll portfolios and assists with payroll processing and filing.

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Want a Paperless Payroll?

Posted by Amber Malik on Jun 22, 2021

Paperless payroll is a paper-free payroll process that has become hugely popular in recent years. But despite the groundswell of support for paperless payroll solutions, employers should examine the details before making the switch. 

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DOL Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

Posted by Amber Malik on May 12, 2021

In May 2021, the Department of Labor withdrew the “Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” final rule. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, "The DOL has traditionally analyzed a number of factors to consider whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee and looked at 'the totality of the circumstances.' The withdrawn rule would have applied a more-limited economic-reality test."

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Why You Need a Payroll Continuity Plan

Posted by Amber Malik on Feb 11, 2021

Payroll is a mission-critical function — one that must be done even amid disasters or emergencies, such as:

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Can the COVID-19 Vaccine Be Mandatory?

Posted by Amber Malik on Dec 16, 2020

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, employers may require vaccines before employees return to the worksite if the employer believes that failure to be vaccinated constitutes a direct threat to other employees. With the virus still rampant, it's easily transmitted.

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Handling HR and Payroll for Remote Employees

Posted by Amber Malik on Oct 12, 2020

If your remote employees live in the state where your business is located, you must follow federal employment laws plus your state's employment rules. But if your remote employees live in a different state from where you conduct business, you must comply with federal employment laws plus the labor laws for each state in which your employees reside. This applies to all areas of employment, including hiring, performance management, payroll, and employee benefits.

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Employers Have Questions and Concerns About Deferring Employees' Social Security Taxes

Posted by Amber Malik on Sep 15, 2020

The IRS has provided guidance to employers regarding the recent presidential action to allow employers to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll tax obligations.

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Your Guide to Local Income Taxes

Posted by Amber Malik on Aug 26, 2020

Local income taxes are imposed by local governments, such as cities, counties, or school districts. They are used to fund various locally provided services, such as schools, parks, social services, law enforcement, transportation, and community-improvement programs.  

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New OSHA Guidance on Tracking COVID-19 at Work

Posted by Amber Malik on Jul 01, 2020

Until recently, employers in only a handful of industries had to provide significant reporting on COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. But as of May 26, new Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines require a much wider range of employers to determine whether employees caught the coronavirus at work or while performing work-related activities. If so, managers must record the illness on OSHA Form 300.

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CDC Gives Guidance for Reopening Businesses

Posted by Amber Malik on May 19, 2020

No, there is no universal lifting of restrictions, but the CDC is looking forward to a time when every business can slowly start reopening. As the CDC explains: "It's important to continue to follow federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local guidance for reopening America." Its extensive guidance includes the need to develop a reopening plan:

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Remote Work: FLSA Wage and Hour Implications

Posted by Amber Malik on Apr 22, 2020

Since 2005, remote work has soared 173%, according to 2018 data from American Community Service. Whether you recently adopted this remote work model because of the pandemic or have been utilizing it for years, you should know your wage-and-hour responsibilities.

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