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Do You Have a Psychologically Safe Workplace?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Sep 08, 2021

The need for innovation and creativity is not going away now that businesses and workplaces are opening up again. Business leaders need to consider how they can continue encouraging these traits as they navigate to a new normal. One way to accomplish this is by ensuring your business is a psychologically safe space where employees can feel free to be themselves, be right or wrong, and present out-of-the-box ideas without feeling threatened or diminished.

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Health Insurance Plans and Alternatives for Small Businesses

Posted by Amber Malik on Aug 19, 2021

Employer-based health insurance costs have increased modestly since 2012 — between 3% and 5% annually for family coverage, according to a 2020 report by Kaiser Family Foundation. These changes have added up over the past decade, and employers and employees are now paying 155% of the health care costs they were paying before, even as wages have stagnated.

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Why Use Time and Attendance Software?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Aug 06, 2021

Documentation is key to wage and hour compliance. Simplify time tracking by automatically calculating hours worked as well as vacation time, holidays, sick days, and overtime. There was a time, not so long ago, when timesheets were filled in manually. Spreadsheets were the next development, but today, managers can choose among a variety of software options that can solve a variety of problems.

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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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Providing Education Assistance to Employees? Follow These Rules.

Posted by Becky Snedigar on May 17, 2021

Many businesses provide education fringe benefits so their employees can improve their skills and gain additional knowledge. On a tax-free basis, an employee can receive up to $5,250 each year from his or her employer for educational assistance under a “qualified educational assistance program.”

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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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Failure to Return Company Property: What Are the Payroll Rules?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Mar 22, 2021

It's not uncommon for employers to entrust company property to employees, such as:

  • Office keys.
  • Building entrance badges.
  • Uniforms.
  • Computers/laptops.
  • Cellphones.
  • Vehicles.
  • Job-specific tools or equipment.

If the employee terminates and does not return the property, you may be tempted to hold back their final pay until they return the item.

However, withholding the employee's final paycheck is against the law.

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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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Subcontractor vs. Independent Consultant vs. Employee

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Jan 13, 2021

We often hear our clients or other government contractors use "subcontractor" and "independent consultant" interchangeably; however, they are not synonymous. Sometimes we hear independent consultants being referred to as "1099s," which is a misnomer because 1099s will be issued to both unless the subcontractor is an S or C Corporation. An individual may be working for a company as an independent consultant but based on Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines; they may actually be determined to be an employee. It is vital to differentiate and classify the worker correctly, or there may be fines and penalties.

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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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