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  • Providing Real Management for a Virtual Office

    Some say the virtual office is the wave of the future: no real estate costs for the owners, no commutes for the employees. But these offices come with their own issues. Click through for the inside story on virtual offices.

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  • How to Hire Entry-level Employees

    College grads are on the prowl for jobs. But how should you evaluate whether there are a few out there who will enhance your business? Click through to judge candidates' abilities to relate their experiences to your job.

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  • How Long Does COBRA Coverage Last?

    If you provide group health insurance and have at least 20 employees, you must offer COBRA benefits. The duration depends on several factors. Click through to discover the different maximum coverage periods.

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  • How to Figure Retroactive Pay

    When employees are due retroactive pay, it's often because there was a delay in their wage or salary increase. It's important to get them up to speed correctly. Click through for insight into figuring retroactive pay for both hourly and salaried employees.

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  • Include These Notices in Your Open Enrollment Kit

    As a group health plan sponsor, you're required to provide participants with certain benefit notices upon their initial enrollment or on an annual basis. Click through for a roundup of notices that you might need to include.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

    You'll always know where the fun's going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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  • Breaking Down Employee Breaks

    Breaks at work come in many forms, and they're covered by many rules, both federal and state. Employers have to be fair and consistent. Click through for insight into the laws surrounding the various types of breaks.

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  • Handling HR and Payroll for Remote Employees

    Since 2005, the number of employees who work remotely has escalated 115 percent, according to a 2017 report by FlexJobs. Click through to see how this rapidly growing trend affects employers from an HR and payroll perspective.

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  • Proper Reporting for QSEHRA Benefits

    If you offer a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA), you must adhere to special reporting rules under IRS guidelines. Click through to see how this benefit should be handled for your employees.

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  • Social Security Administration Announces Changes for 2019

    As is usual this time of year, the SSA has published critical information on benefit changes and maximum taxable income. Click through to see the details, so you can consider how they will affect you.

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  • 2019 Labor Law Poster Now Ready! Free with purchase of Our New Update Service

    Mandatory State and Federal Law Notices required for an employer to post. AVOID HEFTY FINES AND LAWSUITS. Click through to learn more and to place your order now!

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  • How Can You Untangle Special Wage Payments?

    A special wage payment is compensation earned in a given year but paid in a subsequent year. Obviously, this presents some challenges from a payroll standpoint. Click through for insight into this special type of payment.

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  • IRS Issues Statement on New Form W-4

    There has been discussion and speculation about a revised Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. Although the IRS hasn't issued a new one as of mid-September, it has released a statement regarding future changes.

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  • Fully Insured Versus Self-Funded Health Plans

    Whether you're seeking group health insurance for the first time or rethinking your current health plan, it's important to know your funding options. Click through to discover the two most common options: fully insured and self-funded.

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  • Use Big Data to Improve Your Benefits Program

    Also called "data analytics," examining big data can be applied to virtually any area of business, including employee benefits. Click through to see how you can use big data to enhance your company's benefits program.

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  • Handling the Wages of a Deceased Employee

    The death of an employee is an unfortunate event -- but it's one that a company must be prepared to deal with should it occur. Click through for a primer on what to do with wages owed to a deceased employee.

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  • 4 Tips for Successful Absence Management

    Employee absences are a given in any work environment. But without effective management, they can spiral out of control, affecting the business's smooth operation. Click through for ways to minimize workplace absenteeism.

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  • Which Benefits Do Employees Value the Most?

    In the battle to secure top talent, employee benefits have become a contender, a true rival to monetary compensation. But not all benefits are created equal. Click through to see which benefits employees treasure the most.

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  • When to Pay Employees

    With few exceptions, employers have free rein under the Fair Labor Standards Act to schedule work hours as they please. They cannot, however, pay employees whenever they want. Click through for wage payment deadlines under federal and state laws.

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  • Qualified Retirement Plans: Know the Rules

    Periodically, the Internal Revenue Service issues a notice describing changes in its qualification requirements for retirement plans, including deadlines. Are you up to date? Click through to see the list of required amendments.

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  • Top 5 Payroll Mistakes to Avoid

    Payroll errors can have a variety of ramifications, from justifiably irritated employees to severe penalties handed down by regulators. Click through for the most common payroll mistakes and how to avoid them.

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  • Choosing the Best Payroll System for Your Business

    A payroll system is the vehicle through which payroll is managed. Therefore, choosing the right system is key to successful payroll management. Click through for different types of payroll systems and their effects on the payroll process.

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  • Make Your Next Open Enrollment Season the Best One Yet

    Before the next open enrollment season rolls around, you need to review the process and make the necessary enhancements to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Click through for ways to optimize your next open enrollment season.

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  • How to Reduce Rising Healthcare Costs

    Most employers offer group health insurance to attract and retain qualified workers. But if the benefit is costly, its purpose will be undermined. Click through for tips to reduce group healthcare costs.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Managing Tax Rules for Part-Time or Seasonal Help

    Do you have questions about the tax treatment of payments for part-time and seasonal help? These employees are subject to the same rules that apply to all employees — with some twists. Click through for some help on tax rules regarding part-time and seasonal help.

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  • Baby on the Way: Knowing All About Maternity and Paternity Leave

    There's a good chance you'll eventually have to deal with some kind of parental leave in your office, whether it involves an employee or employee spouse pregnancy, or an adoption. Click through for some insights in creating a policy.

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  • Never Mind the Feds: States Do Their Own Thing on Minimum Wages

    States are taking the minimum wage into their own hands: California's minimum wage has risen in 2018, at varying levels, and other states continue to make their own tweaks to federal rules. Click through for an overview on state rules.

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  • Do You Have a Drug Testing Policy?

    Drug-testing policies need to comply with various state laws; so if your business is located in many or all states, you have compliance issues that revolve around multiple state laws. Click through to get a handle on your options and responsibilities as an employer.

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  • The Advantages of Diversity Training

    You're thinking of implementing diversity training to advocate workplace diversity. Click through to see how such programs lead to higher employee retention rates, improved morale, reduced lawsuits and improved recruiting.

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  • When Does 'Firing at Will' Become 'Discrimination'?

    Trying to determine whether you can fire someone without cause simply because you feel the employee isn't working out? You'll find there are a lot of gray areas. Click through to discover exceptions to employment at will.

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  • Edible Benefits: Offering Free Food in the Office

    In a complicated world, free food is the benefit you can be pretty sure everyone will like. The trick is getting the details right. Click through for the straight dope on how to keep your employees well-fed.

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  • How OSHA Can Affect Your Business

    No matter what kind of business you run, you have to know something about OSHA, which oversees workplace safety. Click through for some insights into how OSHA works and why you need to be familiar with its rules.

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  • IRS Issues Draft of New Form W-4

    The new Form W-4 is very different from the current one, but it isn't final yet. More changes may come before the final version is rolled out later this year. Click through for an overview of what employers and employees will likely face in the future.

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  • 4 Tips to Prevent Workplace Violence

    Nearly 2 million American workers report being victims of workplace violence each year. Though no business is immune from this crisis, you can reduce the chances of it reaching your work site. Click through for four prevention strategies.

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  • Which Benefits Are Legally Required?

    Designing a benefits package isn't just about deciding which voluntary perks you'll offer. It's also about knowing which benefits are mandated by law. Click through for a list of benefits that you may need to provide, simply because the government says to.

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  • DOL Clarifies Travel Time Pay

    Despite the FLSA being very clear that employers must pay employees for their "work," it's not as transparent about the payment of travel time for nonexempt hourly employees. Click through to see the DOL's stance on this issue.

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  • Personalizing Employee Benefits: A Strategy for Retaining Employees

    One of the most formidable challenges facing HR professionals today is devising a retention strategy that addresses employees' individual needs. Click through to learn how personalized employee benefits can aid in this effort.

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  • What Does the ADA Call a Disability?

    In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act defined the term "disability" for HR purposes. Less well-known, but just as important, is a 2008 amendment that broadened that definition. Click through to make sure you know all the details.

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  • Can Employers Require Employees to Show Their Social Security Card?

    Each time you hire someone, you're supposed to verify that person's eligibility to work in the United States. The Social Security card can be key. But, can you require that they show it? Click through for the full story.

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  • 5 Common COBRA Mistakes -- and How to Prevent Them

    The Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act contains extensive requirements for employers. Consequently, it's easy to fumble when administering COBRA benefits. Click through for five COBRA errors employers tend to make.

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  • Reasons to Integrate Time and Labor With Payroll

    Employers must pay employees for the time they put in at work -- which makes the relationship between time-labor and payroll mutually inclusive and calls for a united solution. Click through to see why these functions should be integrated.

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  • To Give or Not to Give Unlimited Vacation

    The idea of unlimited vacation/PTO — and whether employers should give it — has been widely discussed and debated among benefits experts. Click through for insight into this popular but controversial perk.

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  • FAQs About Service Animals in the Workplace

    Many employers who permit employees to bring their dogs to work do so as a courtesy. But if the dog is a "service animal," these employers may have no choice in the matter. Click through for insight into service animals as they relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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  • Do You Have a Branded Benefits Program?

    You've put serious effort into developing your employee benefits program. But is it marketed or branded in a way that speaks to your company's identity? Click through to discover why branding your benefits program is essential.

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  • Inclement Weather and Your Payroll Obligations

    When the weather is truly bad, your business may be forced to shut its doors. However, you're still expected to pay your employees for work performed. Click through for insight into paying employees during this turbulent time.

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  • Can You Make All Employees Nonexempt?

    There's a wide swath of information available on what it takes for employees to qualify as exempt. Click through for some details on the flip side: Are you required to classify an employee as exempt if he or she meets all the qualifications?

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  • Debunking 4 Common Payroll Myths

    In folklore, myths are fascinating -- the stuff that legends are made of. But in payroll, myths can be dangerous to your business's survival. Click through for four common payroll myths, which have been effectively busted.

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  • Effects of Reciprocal Agreements on Your Business

    Do you have employees who live in one state but work in another? If so, they probably are covered by a state reciprocal agreement, which eliminates dual taxation. Click through to learn more about tax reciprocal agreements.

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  • Who Pays State Disability Insurance?

    In certain states, employers must provide state disability insurance (SDI) to employees who are injured off the clock and are unable to work as a result. Click through to learn more about SDI, including who pays for it.

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  • How to Handle Unemployment Claims

    When employees are terminated due to no fault of their own, odds are they will file a claim for unemployment benefits. Click through for details on your responsibilities regarding unemployment claims.

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  • Know the Major Laws Affecting Employee Benefit Plans

    In the world of employee benefits, it's essential to stay compliant with a wide range of laws and regulations. Click through for some of the most common federal regulations affecting employee benefits.

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  • Have Service Employees? Here's How to Use the Tip Credit

    If you're in the service industry, you may be able to claim the tip credit, which reduces your minimum wage obligations toward tipped employees. Click through for a closer look at the tip credit.

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  • Payroll Procedures for Commissioned Employees

    Paying commissioned employees can be a complex endeavor because other elements — such as salary, hourly wages and overtime — may be involved. Click through for payroll best practices for commissioned workers.

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  • How to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment in Your Company

    It's every company's responsibility to have a safe and harassment-free workplace. Click through to discover how to develop a robust business environment to prevent and address sexual harassment cases.

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  • Don't Ask Job Candidates These Questions!

    You need to recruit good employees for your company, so during job interviews, you want to ask questions to find out all about the candidates. But if you ask the wrong questions, you could face a lawsuit. Click through for guidance on topics to avoid.

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  • How to Pick the Right 401(k) Provider

    You're ready to provide a company-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan -- for yourself and your employees. How do you choose a provider? Click through to learn how to select a service provider for the long haul.

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  • ACA Affordability Threshold to Rise in 2019

    One of the main requirements of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate is that health coverage must be affordable, based on annual standards set by the IRS. Click through for the details on the 2019 increase for one of those standards.

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  • Employee Overpayment Can Lead to Problems

    You've overpaid an employee, causing the company a financial loss. Now you need to recoup the money. But there are important tax implications and some rules you have to follow. Click through to make sure you do it right.

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  • Know the FMLA Notice Requirements

    To receive FMLA-protected leave, eligible employees must provide adequate notice to their employers. If they don't, the leave could be delayed or denied. Click through for details on FMLA notice requirements.

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  • Reasons to Integrate Benefits Administration and Payroll

    While you can administer benefits and payroll separately, there are plenty of reasons to integrate the two, with increased efficiency being the overarching goal. Click through to see why it's best to merge both processes.

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