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  • What to Do About 'No-Calls' and 'No-Shows'

    When employees go MIA without warning or explanation, it puts you in a frustrating position. However, it's important that you practice restraint during this challenging time. Click through for tips on handling no-calls/no-shows.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar: Including Virtual Events

    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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  • Do Employee Engagement Surveys Really Work?

    To measure job satisfaction, many employers ask their workers to fill out employee engagement surveys. But are the surveys producing results that employers can use? Click through for tips on making your surveys work.

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  • Rules and Recommendations for Managing Holiday Pay

    When Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Christmas Day or another legal holiday occurs, you likely pay your employees for the time off. Click through to learn whether you are compensating them according to the law and company policy.

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  • 3 Open Enrollment Mistakes To Avoid

    The mere mention of "open enrollment" can be intimidating for business managers. You can alleviate any fears by being aware of the pitfalls that are often associated with open enrollment. Click through for three mistakes to steer clear of.

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  • Wellness Programs Your Employees May Enjoy

    Employee wellness programs have become increasingly popular, as studies show that nearly 75 percent of employees report being interested in such incentives. Click through for five wellness initiatives your employees may appreciate.

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  • 6 Important Payroll Reports to Run

    Whether you process your own payroll or entrust that task to an external provider, you should know which payroll reports are critical to your business. Click through for insight into six key payroll reports.

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  • Tips for Tracking Employees' Hours

    You have to keep track of your employees' hours, especially when it comes to nonexempt workers. Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to do this. Click through to get started on choosing the right timekeeping system for your business.

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  • 6 Steps To Hiring H-1B Visa Workers

    Employers have the difficult task of finding workers who fit the needs of their organizations. To fill the talent gap, some employers hire foreign nationals through the H-1B visa program. Click through to see how this is done.

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  • All About Fringe Benefits and Taxes

    Health insurance is the most recognizable employer-sponsored benefit. But it's just a small fraction of the greater whole called "fringe benefits." Click through for insight into possible offerings -- and their tax situations.

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  • 5 Things to Consider About Changing Payday

    Your current pay schedule isn't cutting it anymore, and you're leaning toward changing it. But the FLSA, state rules and other issues can complicate any decision. Click through for five things to consider before you make the switch.

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  • The Different Types of Group Health Insurance Plans

    Whether you already offer group health insurance or would like to do so at some point, you should know the different types of plans on the market. Click through for the various types of group health insurance plans.

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  • Running Payroll: Know the Basics

    Preparing payroll can be surprisingly complex, and there are a lot of potential pitfalls. All employers should know the basics of payroll processing to keep their businesses running smoothly. Click through for step-by-step assistance.

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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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  • Traditional Leave Plans versus Paid Time Off

    When choosing a paid leave program, you may be weighing a traditional plan versus paid time off. Both programs may share similar objectives but likely have some key differences. Click through to see how these plans stack up.

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  • Learn the Value of Employee Self-Service

    We live in an era when employees treasure quick access to information and are practically obsessed with empowerment, so employee self-service is fast becoming a must-have feature. Click through for insight into this groundbreaking solution.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 5 Interview Questions to Steer Clear Of

    Job interviews are crucial to finding the right fit, and asking the right questions can get you a top employee. But, asking the wrong questions could land you in hot water. Click through for five interview questions to avoid.

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  • What Is Payroll Accounting -- And Why You Need to Know

    If your payroll process doesn't include payroll accounting, then your system isn't complete. You're missing an essential link in the chain. Click through to learn about payroll accounting, and why it should not be skipped.

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  • Is Your Benefits Program Ready for Generation Z?

    Comprising those born in 1995 or after, Generation Z is predicted to encompass one-fourth of the U.S. workforce by 2020. Click through to see which benefits will appeal to this distinct group's core needs and help you attract and retain them.

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  • Do You Know Your Turnover Rate?

    To control turnover, you must first know the rate at which your employees are leaving your company. Once you know that rate, you can then determine whether it's higher or lower than your industry's average. Click through to see how this is done.

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  • Which Employees Are Exempt From Tax Withholding?

    Most employees are subject to tax withholding. Those exempt from withholding are in the minority -- but you should still know who they are. Click through for a list of employees who are excluded from tax withholding -- and why.

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  • Can Employees Discuss Their Salaries at Work?

    Although you may have good reasons for not wanting your employees to discuss their pay with their co-workers, legally you may not be able to stop them. Click through for more on salary discussions at work.

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  • How to Calculate Employees' Net Pay

    Figuring employees' net pay may seem obvious, but it can be quite tricky, as there are various rules and regulations that need to be considered. Click through for a primer on calculating your employees' take-home pay.

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  • How to Work With OSHA After an Accident

    During the normal course of business, an employee may get sick or hurt -- at which point, you may need to complete OSHA Form 300. Click through for frequently asked questions about this form.

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  • Managing a Unionized Workforce

    If some or all of your employees belong to a labor union, you'll find that some aspects of management change. But some don't! Click through for some advice on being a manager in a unionized company.

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  • Mission Critical: Disaster Planning and Payroll

    All the harrowing pictures from catastrophic hurricanes have us reeling. What if this were to happen to your business? Are you prepared? Click through to learn how to get your business as ready as possible before disasters strike.

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  • What Every Employer Must Know About State Unemployment Tax

    The vast majority of employers in the United States must pay state unemployment tax, the collection of which is authorized by the State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA). Click through to learn more about SUTA and what it means for your business.

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  • Understanding Your Payroll Tax Liabilities

    Although the payroll taxes you’re liable for as an employer may seem obvious, some taxes are not so easy to identify. Click through to learn the common and not-so-common employer payroll taxes, including associated liabilities.

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  • The 2018 Tax Wrap-Up

    This has been one of the biggest years for tax changes in recent memory. The IRS is still issuing guidance, with more expected. Click through for a summary of the most significant changes that may affect you as April 15 approaches.

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  • Flexible Schedules: A Benefit for the 21st Century

    Gone are the days when everyone showed up at 9:00 and left at 5:00. New technology, and new attitudes, have led to the flexible schedule. Click through to learn more about this benefit, and how it works for the company and the employee.

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  • Free 2018 Labor Law Poster 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 Many Hours Can Employers Require Employees to Work?

    You have clear job descriptions that succinctly outline expectations for each employee’s role, including work hours for each day and week. But is this number of hours legally allowed? Click through for the full scoop on allowable work hours.

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  • Are New Sick Leave Rules Coming to Your Area?

    What seems like the mundane world of paid-time-off and sick-leave policies is receiving attention in the form of new regulations. Click through for some new rules in Chicago and Cook County -- they may come to your area next.

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  • 5 Interview Questions to Steer Clear Of

    Job interviews are crucial to finding the right fit, and asking the right questions can get you a top employee. But, asking the wrong questions could land you in hot water. Click through for five interview questions to avoid.

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  • Does Form 5500 Reporting Apply to You?

    Do you have an employee benefit plan? If so, how many participants does it have? Your response will determine whether or not you must file Form 5500 with the federal government. Click through for details on benefits filing.  

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  • On-site Medical Care: The Benefit of the Future?

    The future of the ACA may be uncertain, but companies may address healthcare by offering medical clinics in the workplace. Click through for some insights into on-site medical care and what it entails.

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  • Get a Handle on Internal Payroll Controls

    No matter what kind of company you have, it's critical to have internal payroll controls that promote accuracy, efficiency and security. Click through to fully understand the key aspects of internal controls.

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  • Back Pay and Form W-2

    If you've paid an employee less than what he or she is due, it could come back to haunt you in the form of back wages. Click through to learn more about this type of pay, including its impact on Form W-2.

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  • Attract Staff With Down Payment Assistance

    Lack of down payment is a major home ownership hurdle. But employers might be able to help. Click through to discover how you can attract new employees and retain current ones by offering down payment assistance.

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  • Essential Recordkeeping for Nonexempt and Exempt Employees

    Keeping accurate payroll records is essential to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act and avoid wage and hour audits. Click through to better understand the FLSA’s payroll recordkeeping rules.

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  • IRS Issues Guidance on Meal and Entertainment Deductions

    The 2017 TCJA eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities generally considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. Click through for the details on the complex regulations.

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  • What to Do When an Employee Requests ADA Accommodation

    The Americans with Disabilities Act gives disabled employees the right to request reasonable accommodations that will allow them to do their work. Click through for tips on handling these requests.

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  • Make Employees Smile with Dental Benefits

    No one looks forward to a visit to the dentist, but everyone knows it's necessary. Companies can make a difficult task easier by covering the visits. Click through for some thoughts on why you should offer dental benefits.

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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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  • 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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  • Diversity and Inclusion: Why Both Matter

    "Diversity" and "inclusion" are often used interchangeably. However, they are separate processes, despite being closely related. Click through to discover the difference between them and why you need both.

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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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  • 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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  • What to Take Out of Employees' Paychecks

    Employers are ultimately responsible for withholding taxes from their employees' wages. Therefore, it's important to understand which payroll taxes your employees should pay. Click through to discover the many different types of employee payroll taxes.

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  • Understanding Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave

    The terms maternity, paternity and parental leave can be somewhat perplexing, because although they're often used interchangeably, there's a technical distinction between them. Click through to discover what each one means.

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  • What Are Some Advantages of Lateral Moves?

    Why would anyone accept a lateral move -- taking an equivalent role with a similar salary range and job title at the same level? Click through to see how changing job responsibilities affords employees new opportunities.

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  • 401(k) and IRA Contribution Limits Increase

    The IRS has announced cost of living adjustments for various pension plans for 2019. There are other retirement-related changes as well. Click through for the details, to learn how these changes may affect you.

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  • Do You Know Your Turnover Rate?

    To control turnover, you must first know the rate at which your employees are leaving your company. Once you know that rate, you can then determine whether it's higher or lower than your industry's average. Click through to see how this is done.

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  • Do You Know Your Lookback Period for Payroll Taxes?

    Your lookback period dictates your federal payroll tax deposit schedule, so "lookback period" is terminology that you should know. Click through to learn more about how lookback periods work, and how they affect payroll tax deposits.

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  • Do You Have a Compensation Philosophy?

    Compensation remains the top factor for most people when considering whether to accept a job, stay with an employer or seek employment elsewhere. Click through to see why a compensation philosophy is essential to attracting, retaining and motivating employees.

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  • Establishing Accurate Timekeeping Practices

    As workplaces evolve and flexible work schedules continue to grow in popularity, it's more important than ever for employers to accurately track employee hours. Click through for timekeeping practices that increase efficiency and compliance.

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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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  • Terminating Employees the Right Way

    You've made the decision to let an employee go. Have you covered all the bases to ensure that the termination is legal?  Click through for a primer on how to lawfully end an employment relationship.

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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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  • 5 Steps to the Successful Multi-Office Business

    Your company is expanding -- and that's great! You've grown from one office to two, three, or even more. But you need to be able to manage all of them to continue to grow. Click through for some help in multi-office management.

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  • Handling Employees Across State Lines

    When you have employees who live in one state and work in another, things can get a bit tricky. Click through to learn the basic rule -- you generally pay taxes in the state where your team works, but it can get complicated.

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  • New Hire Reporting: Are You In Compliance?

    You've added a new member to the team or rehired an employee. You've done the onboarding and made sure the employee will receive all the necessary training. But have you performed new hire reporting? Click through for details on this essential step.

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  • Is Tuition Reimbursement Worth It for Employers?

    With tuition costs rising 6 percent annually, tuition reimbursement programs are a massive relief for employees furthering their education. Click through to find out if the program is truly worth your investment.

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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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  • 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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  • How to Onboard New Employees

    Introducing a new employee to the workplace and making sure he or she feels welcome and engaged can be difficult, but it's important to get it right to make sure the employee gets off to a good start. Click through to read tips on easing the process.

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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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  • 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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  • Are Your Benefits Competitive Enough?

    If your benefits don't stack up to your competitors', you could lose out on qualified candidates and risk your most talented workers jumping ship. Click through to see whether your benefits are truly making an impression.

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  • What Is Payroll Accounting -- And Why You Need to Know

    If your payroll process doesn't include payroll accounting, then your system isn't complete. You're missing an essential link in the chain. Click through to learn about payroll accounting, and why it should not be skipped.

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  • Can I Modify an Employee's Time Sheet?

    It's common practice for managers and supervisors to adjust employees' time sheets to address incorrect or missing information — but is this legal? Click through to find out what the law says about you making this change.

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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