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  • Federal Law Amends FLSA Tip- Pooling Rules

    Signed into law on March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2018 amends the Fair Labor Standards Act’s tip-pooling regulations in critical ways. Click through for an overview of these important changes.

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  • Should I Offer Commuter Benefits?

    To help employees with commuting, some employers offer pretax commuter benefits. But not all employers do this voluntarily, as some are mandated by law to do so. Click through for insight into commuter benefits.

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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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  • How To Turn Average Performers Into Superstars

    What differentiates a top performer from an average performer? Click through to find out how competencies can help you improve employee performance.

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  • 5 Steps to Building Salary Ranges

    A salary range is the minimum to maximum base rate of pay for employees who do the same or similar work. The range allows you to pay employees in a consistent manner. Click through for insight into the essential task of building salary ranges.

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  • What Information Is Included on a Pay Stub?

    Even if you're not required to give your employees a pay stub, it's widely recommended that you do so to help with record-keeping and keep employees in the picture. Click through to see which items should go on this document.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Trying to Wear Both the HR and CEO Hats

    Should you be both CEO and HR Manager? Click through to discover the secret.

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  • 7 Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover

    Employees quit because they are unhappy. Click through to discover ways you can keep employees happy and avoid the problems of turnover.

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  • Top Reasons Your Employees Are Quitting

    Few things are more disconcerting to an employer than when good employees leave. But in order to fix the problem, you have to know why it's happening. Click through for a few of the most common reasons why employees jump ship.

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  • EEOC Final Rules on Wellness Program Incentives

    In 2016, the EEOC issued new rules permitting employers to levy significant financial penalties on employees who refuse to reveal medical and genetic information via their wellness program at work. Click through for the status of these rules.

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  • DOL Revisits Overtime Rule in Proposal

    A new rule will likely make about 1 million additional workers eligible for overtime by raising the threshold to over $35,000 from the current $23,660. Click through for the details on this proposed change.

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  • IRS Updates Mileage Rates for 2021

    The IRS has issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for various purposes--and this year they're down. Click through to see how the new rates may affect you.

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  • 10 Steps Toward a Regular Employee Review System

    A performance review discussion should emphasize both positive performance and areas that need improvement, and set goals for future assessment. Click through for more tips on how to evaluate your employees' performance.

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  • How To Choose a Financial Wellness Vendor

    Employees are demanding financial wellness benefits, and employers are answering the call. If you’d like to join the chorus of employers, a key step is sending a request for proposal to potential vendors. Click through for more on the RFP process.

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  • Increase Diversity at Your Business

    When you hire diverse people, you demonstrate inclusion, which helps both employees and employers. Click through to see how you can increase workplace diversity by acknowledging bias and taking strong action to create a company that respects and celebrates differences.

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  • What Is a Hiring Freeze?

    You may need to stop hiring new people due to unforeseen business circumstances. This is called a "hiring freeze." Click through for insights into when to implement one and how to manage it for best results.

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  • Encourage Your Employees To Review Federal Withholding Each Year

    Each year, employees may undergo life changes that could affect their income tax withholding. This is why it’s important to remind your employees to review their withholding every year, especially as they're currently filing income tax returns. Click through to learn what employees should do once a year.

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  • DOL Compliance Tools You Don't Want to Miss

    For many employers, there's a huge gulf between the number of regulations they must abide by and the resources available for achieving compliance. Click through for a list of programs that can help you strengthen your compliance efforts.

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  • FSAs and HSAs: Know the Differences

    FSAs and HSAs are fundamentally cut from the same cloth. However, there are some key differences, and it's important that you and your employees know how each one works. Click through for a comparison of these two health plans.

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  • How to Handle an Employee With a Substance Abuse Problem

    You've heard the horror stories of substance abuse. Now, reality may be knocking at your work site, as one of your employees is exhibiting classic symptoms. Click through to see what you should do.

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  • 3 Tips for Explaining Health Insurance to Your Employees

    Your employees want you to provide health insurance. In fact, they demand it. But when it comes to truly understanding the benefit, employees tend to fall short. Click through to see how you can help them deepen their knowledge.

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  • Paying Extra: Guidance on the Overtime Exemption

    Did you know that you can pay your salaried-exempt employees extra without jeopardizing their exempt status? It's true. But for those paid on an hourly, daily or shift basis, you'll need to exercise caution. Click through for the DOL's opinion on this topic.

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  • 4 Ways to Boost Your 401(k) Participation Rate

    Americans typically rely on employers for savings plans, but companies find that there are still issues with participation. Click through for insight into getting more employees to participate in your 401(k) plan.

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  • What Is a Total Compensation Statement?

    You know the value of giving employees a paystub. But have you considered going one step further by providing them with a total compensation statement? Click through to learn about this practice and why it might be right for you.

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  • A Glossary of Payroll Terms

    Regardless of your level of involvement in payroll, there are certain terms that you should know. Click through for a roundup of words that are commonly used in the payroll industry.

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  • Use Benefits to Become an Employer of Choice

    As the battle for top talent rages on, employers are being closely measured against their competitors -- and only the best will emerge victorious. Click through to see how employee benefits can help catapult you to the No. 1 slot.

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  • Penalties for Violation of a Workplace Policy

    Docking an employee's wages for violating a workplace rule is often frowned upon by industry experts. But, some employers do it and, under the FLSA, they probably have that right. Click through to see when this practice is permitted.

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  • How to Figure the 12-Month Period Under the FMLA

    The Family and Medical Leave Act allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave every 12 months. How is this 12-month period figured? Click through to find out.

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  • Three Things to Know Before Demoting an Employee

    You may have a valid reason for wanting to demote an employee. But you should know that demotions often come with legal risks. Click through for the three things to consider when handling demotions.

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  • Employers: Know Your Tax Forms

    Employers must report their federal employment taxes to the IRS on the appropriate tax forms. It's important to know which forms apply to your business. Click through for a list of required forms.

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  • Should You Let Your Employees Work From Home?

    The "work from home" phenomenon has taken the employment world by storm. But that doesn't mean it's right for every business. Click through to see whether it could be a good fit for your company.

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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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  • Multi-Factor Authentication

    With information security becoming more and more vital, we will be adding multi-factor authentication to our Phoenix Online logins. Find out more here.

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  • NOTICE: Direct Deposit Scam

    We have seen a few pretty convincing spear-phishing campaigns directed at payroll admins. Find out what to look for and how to prevent it.

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  • How to Decode Box 1 of Form W-2

    Form W-2 has many boxes, but Box 1 typically gets the most attention because it reflects the employee's total annual taxable wages. It can be surprisingly complicated. Click through for a primer on this box to make sure you're doing it right.

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  • Check Your Withholding Now

    With so many recent changes, two-income families and people who work multiple jobs should check their withholding amount. Click through to see if you're withholding the right amount of tax from your paycheck.

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  • Do You Have a Winning Voluntary Benefits Strategy?

    A successful voluntary benefits strategy is essential to retaining qualified workers. Have you given serious thought to what your employees want? Click through to discover how you can build such a "winning" system.

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  • What Are Performance Improvement Plans?

    When employees perform below expectations, termination isn't always the answer. Sometimes all they need is a performance improvement plan. Click through to learn about this performance management technique.

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  • New Final Rule Expands Health Reimbursement Arrangements

    A final rule — which takes effect in 2020 — will let employees without group health insurance use their health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) funds to buy individual-market coverage. Click through for more on this new regulation.

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  • IRS Quietly Issues a New Form W-4

    Earlier in 2018, the IRS had promised a radically new Form W-4, then said it would postpone any major revisions until 2020. Now, the IRS has finally issued a 2019 Form W-4. Click through to see what, if anything, has changed.

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  • Volunteer Time Off: A New Type of PTO

    A new brand of paid time off has moved into the employee benefits scene: volunteer time off, which rewards employees for giving back to their communities. Click through to see if you should offer this altruistic benefit.

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  • Traditional 401(k) vs. Safe Harbor 401(k)

    Traditional 401(k) and safe harbor 401(k) plans are two of the most common retirement plans used by employers today. But how do you know which one is right for your business? Click through for a comparison between the two plans.

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  • How Much Do Employers Spend on Benefits?

    To determine whether you're spending too much or too little on benefits for your employees, you first need to know what your competitors are paying. Click through for insight into employee benefits costs.

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  • Labor Laws by Company Size

    Whether a particular federal labor law affects your business depends on several factors, including the number of employees. Click through for a roundup of employment laws, by business size, to help you decide what's relevant.

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  • 5 Mandatory Registrations for Employers

    To legally become an employer, you must register your business with the federal and state governments. Click through for five types of registrations employers need to perform and what you have to do to stay compliant.

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  • Changes to 401(k) Contribution Limits for 2020

    Cost-of-living adjustments are affecting dollar limits for 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts and other retirement plans. These changes affect both individuals and the businesses that manage company-sponsored plans. Click through to learn how the changes may affect you.

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  • 3 Essential HR and Payroll Metrics To Track

    How is the health of your HR and payroll departments? Staying on top of the right metrics will give you a heads-up. The trick is knowing which metrics to track. Click through for three HR metrics to watch closely.

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  • Piecework Pay: Frequently Asked Questions

    For some employers, it's easier to pay employees by the "piece" than by the hour. However, employers should know about special rules for these kinds of arrangements. Click through for answers to frequently asked questions about piecework pay.

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  • With Little Fanfare, IRS Releases Radically New Form W-4

    Although the new Form W-4 differs greatly from the previous version, it is almost the same as the draft version released earlier in 2019. Click through for a quick rundown of how the form works and where you can go for more details.

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  • IRS Publishes Inflation Adjustments for 2020

    The IRS has announced the tax year 2020 annual inflation adjustments, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. These adjustments for 2020 generally apply to tax returns that will be filed in 2021.

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  • Leap Years and the '53 Problem'

    In leap years, salaried employees might get an extra paycheck, depending on their payroll cycle. And since 2020 is a leap year, you're probably wondering how it could impact your payroll. Click through to find out.

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  • 2020 Minimum Wage Updates

    2020 has brought new minimum wages for multiple states. Click through to see if there is an update in your state.

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  • The New Form W-4: What You Need To Know

    The new year has brought with it a long-promised — and heavily revised — Form W-4. It's very different from previous versions. Click through for a review of the changes and how they affect both businesses and employees. 

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  • Group Health Plans: 3 Ways to Lower the Risk of a DOL Audit

    As the DOL continues to vigorously audit group health plans, it's critical that you avoid getting caught in the crosshairs. Click through for three ways to protect yourself and minimize the risk of a DOL audit.

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  • 5 Often-Overlooked Time-Off Benefits

    As a manager, you may not realize that there are several types of leave which, although not well-known, may help you strengthen compliance and retention. Click through for five overlooked forms of employee time off. 

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  • SSN No-Match Letters: What to Do If You Receive One

    The Social Security Administration has resumed sending "no-match" letters to employers whose submitted W-2 information does not mirror the agency’s records. Click through to learn what to do if you get one.

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  • Jury Duty Leave: Your Payroll Responsibilities

    If one of your employees has been summoned for jury duty, you must allow them to attend, since jury duty is mandatory. Click through to discover your payroll responsibilities when an employee goes on jury duty.

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  • 5 Ways to Lower Your SUTA Tax Rate

    An employer’s SUTA tax rate is susceptible to fluctuation. If yours is escalating, contrary to popular belief, you actually might be able to reduce it! Click through for five strategies to curb your SUTA tax rate.

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  • What Benefits Will Attract the Best People?

    Salary is usually considered the number one factor when hiring – but don't make assumptions. Many of the best candidates value benefits over salary. Click through to learn which benefits will attract the candidates you want.

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  • Overtime Pay: Beyond the 40-Hour Rule

    You're likely familiar with the standard rule mandating overtime pay for work hours over 40 per week. However, that's just the beginning of the rules. Click through for an intro to lesser known, but still important, overtime provisions.

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  • Sick Leave Laws To Consider

    Flu season? Summer colds? It doesn't matter what time of year it is — employees get sick. Do you have a sick leave policy? Is it in compliance with a wide range of regulations? Click through for an introduction to the legal landscape.

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  • 3 Strategies for Preventing Workplace Harassment

    Workplace harassment can cause substantial losses to companies stemming from litigation expenses, employee turnover and more. Therefore, every effort should be made to avert workplace harassment. Click through for three prevention strategies.

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  • Should You Provide a Total Rewards Package?

    You can't look at benefits individually anymore. Progressive companies are taking a holistic look at how they reward their employees. Click through for an introduction to the 6-part system for attracting and retaining employees.

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  • Are Your Labor Law Posters Current and Pandemic-Compliant?

    Labor law posters inform employees of their rights in the workplace, so it's essential that your posters are current. It seems obvious, but poster decisions can get complicated. Click through for insight into updating labor law posters. 

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  • The Rules on Discussing Salaries

    It makes sense that companies don't want their employees discussing salaries with each other. But it's not a simple task to ban these discussions. Click through for an introduction to federal rules in this area.

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  • Your Guide to Local Income Taxes

    With more and more U.S. localities charging income taxes, it's in every employer's best interest to understand how these taxes work. It's more complicated than you may think. Click through for an intro to local income taxes.

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  • Rethink Your Paid-Leave Policies

    In these difficult times, the narrative surrounding employee leave has taken a major turn, with paid leave becoming the dominant theme. Click through to see why it's time to reassess your paid-leave policies.

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  • Even a Home Office Has a Dress Code

    Don't be a webcam zombie! Sure you're on Zoom, but that doesn't mean an old sweatshirt and uncombed hair are suitable. Click through to learn how to keep looking as good in a teleconference as you do in person.

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  • 5 Tips for Remote Workers to Create Productive Workspaces

    If you recently have found yourself working from home, you’ll have noticed it’s quite different from working in the office. Click through to learn ways to create a productive workspace at home.

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  • Why Didn't I Get My PPP Loan?

    The PPP comes from the government, and that means lots of rules. If you were unsuccessful in getting a loan, it may be difficult to figure out which qualification you missed. Click through to help track down the problem.

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  • Empathy and Leadership: How They Interact

    Empathy is arguably the most critical leadership skill today, due to its immense influence on organizational performance. Click through to discover the connection between empathy and leadership in the workplace.

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  • Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

    COVID-19 has brought both telecommuting and reasonable accommodation to the fore, raising issues that likely will continue long after the pandemic has passed. Click through for insight into policy and regulation.

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  • The Whys and Hows of Salary Ranges

    You need a salary system to effectively run your company: Managers shouldn't be deciding salaries in a vacuum. Click through for an introduction to salary ranges, and how they can help you and your staff.

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  • Give Staff PTO for Volunteer Work

    More companies are finding there are a lot of advantages to giving employees time off for volunteer activities, including aiding recruiting efforts and adding luster to the company. Click through to learn how to add volunteer PTO to your business.

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  • State-Run Retirement Plans Are Taking Flight

    The U.S. has a retirement savings crisis, which is only getting worse. As a result, states are implementing their own retirement savings program for private-sector workers. Click through for more on this state-sponsored solution. 

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  • Working at Home — the New Reality

    Both businesses and workers have been ambivalent about telecommuting, but the pandemic may have forced everyone's hands. Click through for some insights into why, for many businesses, working from home may be the new normal.

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  • Are You Meeting Your OSHA Training Requirements?

    OSHA has been around for a while, but the pandemic put it front and center, as all kinds of businesses faced serious issues regarding workplace safety. Click through to make sure you and your staff are up to date.

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  • 5 Flexible Work Arrangements That May Remain

    "Flexibility" has been the word of the season, as companies and employees invent new ways of working. Click through for an introduction to a range of flexible work arrangements — which may continue even after the pandemic is over.

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  • Exemption From Tax Withholding: Know the Rules

    In most cases, employers have to withhold tax from all their workers. However, there are exceptions, and you should know the hows and whys. Click through for a discussion of situations where employees may be exempt from withholding.

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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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  • Old School or New School: Handling Time Off

    There's more than one way to give employees time off. The traditional way creates discrete categories; new systems give employees more flexibility. Click through for an examination of the differences so you can decide what's right for you.

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  • Do's and Don'ts When Employees Fail To Submit Their Work Times

    Because nonexempt employees are paid based on hours worked, their timekeeping data needs to be correct. But what should you do if employees fail to clock in or out or submit their time sheets? Click through to explore the complex rules.

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  • How Workers Can Return

    Some jobs cannot be done from home on a long-term basis, so businesses may gradually bring employees back to offices. Click through for tips on how best to do this to protect everyone's well-being as the pandemic subsides.

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  • Tax Break: What Does 'Grossing Up' Mean?

    Layoffs happen, but sometimes the company and the departing employee can come to an agreement that leads to a tax-advantaged separation. Click through for the complex calculations needed to essentially create a tax-free severance package.

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  • Caregiving Benefits: The New Trend

    As the Baby Boomers age, there is increasing workplace interest in caregiving benefits. Is it something you should be offering? Click through for insight into the demand for caregiving benefits.

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  • What Are the Rules on Hazard Pay?

    Since the arrival of COVID-19, whether employees should receive hazard pay has been much discussed. Are there rules or best practices? Click through to learn about hazard pay and whether you should provide it.

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  • Final Rule: Employers Can Truncate SSNs on Employees' Form W-2

    The federal government has taken many steps to combat identity theft. One of those measures is a recent final rule allowing employers to mask Social Security numbers on Form W-2. Click through to find out what this means.

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  • How to Cope with DOL Compliance

    DOL compliance can be challenge, whether you have one employee or 1,000. Fortunately, employers can find tools to help them, if they know where to look. Click through for a list of resources that can save you time and energy when navigating the rules.

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  • Remote Employees: Managing HR and Payroll

    The pandemic has pushed companies to embrace remote working to unprecedented levels. But along with the advantages of virtual offices come a variety of HR and payroll issues. Click through to learn how to manage these in a new environment.

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  • Leave-Sharing Programs: What You Need To Know

    These are difficult times, and to work effectively, companies must consider new programs, such as altruistic leave-sharing arrangements. Click through for insight into these programs and how to avoid legal pitfalls.

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  • Recognizing Signs of Depression in Your Employees

    Depression is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in the U.S., and with the pandemic-related pressures, this may only get worse. Click through for tips on spotting depression in your employees so an intervention can be mounted before it's too late.

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  • Interviewing New Hires — Virtually

    Among the many work aspects that the pandemic changed is the hiring process — interviews are now virtual. Companies need to adapt. Click through to learn how to conduct tele-interviews during the pandemic — and beyond.

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  • What To Do About a Returned Form W-2

    Before you know it, you'll be sending out W-2 forms to your employees. What will happen if one of the W-2 forms you send comes back as "undeliverable"? Click through for tips on what you need to do to fulfill your responsibilities.

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  • Cash Balance Plans: Defined-Benefit with a Twist

    A cash balance plan is a twist on a traditional pension with some special provisions that can make it an attractive option for both companies and employees. Click through to learn how it works and how it can be a win-win choice.

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  • IRS Updates Form 941 To Reflect COVID-19 Tax Credits

    Are you required to offer paid leave for COVID-19 reasons? Were you forced to suspend your business operations, or did sales drop sharply? If so, you may claim tax credits on IRS Form 941. Click through to make sure you don't miss out.

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  • Stay Healthy on Office Return

    What will returning to the physical office mean for businesses and their employees? It's going to be a group effort, with both management and rank-and-file employees working together. Click through to learn how everyone can create a safe environment.

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  • What the Taxpayer First Act Means for Employers

    Signed into law in 2019, the Taxpayer First Act modernizes the IRS' approach to delivering taxpayer services. In addition, it contains notable changes for employers. Click through to learn how employer requirements have changed.

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  • Personality Testing in a Post-Pandemic World

    Resurgent companies may be taking a fresh look at hiring, and making decisions contingent on preemployment testing. This can mean conducting personality assessments. But use tests carefully—not all tests are helpful in all situations. Click through for insights into how to use personality testing.

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  • Payroll Risk Management Strategies

    Since payroll is privy to confidential and financial information, it is particularly vulnerable to threats. Consider the legal risks if payroll data was mismanaged, or if an employee dropped the ball on compliance. Click through for some tips on managing risk.

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  • Tuition Reimbursement: The Employer Advantage

    Tuition costs keep rising, and yet continuing education is often advisable, or even necessary, for employees to advance. Click through for an introduction to tuition reimbursement programs, which can help both companies and their employees.

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  • How To Deposit and Report Employment Taxes

    It may seem simple: You owe the government the taxes you withhold from your workers, and you write a check to the IRS. But it's a lot more complicated. Click through for the basics on remitting employment taxes.

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  • DOL Issues Guidance on Tracking Remote Employees' Time

    With the COVID-19 crisis expanding telecommuting arrangements — on a long-term or even permanent basis — it's essential to know the rules regarding remote employees' time. Click through to learn the very fine points of the DOL rules.

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  • The Importance of Confidentiality in HR

    As the epicenter of employment-related information, HR is intrinsically bound to confidentiality. Click through for insight into the confidential side of human resources.

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  • What Is Pay Compression?

    Are your new hires earning close to what longer-service employees are making, for the same job? If so, you should be concerned. Click through for insight into this damaging practice called "pay compression."

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  • The Advantages of Personalizing Employee Benefits

    Companies have a wide range of benefits to choose from when setting up a plan for their employees. But which will best meet workers' needs? Click through for some tips on personalizing employee benefits.

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  • Are You Giving Your Employees the 'Pay Experience'?

    The pay experience is about leveraging compensation practices that resonate favorably with employees. When all the moving parts mesh neatly, everyone wins. Click through for more on this holistic approach to compensation. 

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  • 4 Ways To Help Employees Understand Their Paychecks

    You can improve employees' financial well-being by paying accurately and on time — and by helping employees understand how they are paid. Click through for four tips to enhance employee paycheck knowledge.

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  • Down Payment Assistance: A Benefit for Today

    Many would-be homeowners are still renting because they don't have the full down payment. Can employers come to the rescue? Click through to learn how businesses can increase employee retention by helping staff buy homes.

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  • Employees' Net Pay: What Are the Calculations?

    The "net pay" line appears on every paystub, but many employees, and even many companies, aren't always sure what it means. Click through for an introduction to the detailed tax and finance calculations involved in "net pay."

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  • What Is Imputed Income?

    Do you provide taxable fringe benefits to your employees? If so, the value of the item is considered imputed income. Click through to learn how laws about imputed income can affect your company.

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  • Are Contingent Workers the Future?

    The pandemic-induced shift to mass remote working has business leaders reevaluating the structure of their workforces — changes that may long outlast the pandemic. Click through to put contingent workers into the mix.

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  • PEPs Are Coming Online, Merging Assets Into a Single 401(k)

    As pooled employer plans, or PEPs, are coming online through the SECURE Act, smaller employers can group together to form a 401(k). Employers from all industries and sizes can band together and offer PEPs. Click through to find out how you can lower costs by pooling assets.

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  • Fostering Diversity in an Office

    When you consider a diverse talent pool, you have better odds of hiring the right people. Click through to learn the challenges and rewards of workplace diversity.

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  • View Check Stubs Online

    All of your employees are able to view their check stubs online. Have your employee follow these easy step-by-step instructions on how to set up their account.

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  • Should You Offer Employees Over-the-Counter Medications?

    When an employee is suffering from a minor ache or pain, should you give him or her an over-the-counter medication? Is there any downside to doing this? Click through for an introduction to rules and best practices.

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  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit Reauthorized Through 2025

    To incentivize employers to hire individuals from underrepresented groups, Congress has extended the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program until the end of 2025. Click through for insight into this important and complex program.

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  • HR and Payroll Self-Service: Essential Features and Best Practices

    HR and payroll self-service are virtually musts for employers big and small. However, all self-service portals are not created equal. Click through to learn what features employees demand.

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  • 5 Reasons You Should Offer Telemedicine

    Employers big and small are speedily adopting telemedicine as part of their group health plan. Although it was boosted by the pandemic, it's actually been around for a while. Click through to see why it may continue into the future.

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  • Do Employee Referral Programs Work?

    Using employee referrals is a well-established practice. But for some employers, these referral programs don't live up to expectations. Click through to see whether employee referral programs are worth it.

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  • Payroll Technology Demos for Businesses and Nonprofits

    When shopping for payroll technology, you'll be offered numerous product demos. This holds true for businesses, government agencies and nonprofits. But your time is limited — which should you pick to view? Click through to see which demos are worth your attention.

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  • What Is an Electronic Income Withholding Order?

    To make it easier for states to collect child support, the federal government developed an online portal for employers to use. The payment process can be complex, so it pays to learn the details. Click through to make sure you're in compliance.

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  • Noncompete Agreements: How Do They Work?

    A noncompete agreement asks an employee not to start a competing business or go to work for a competitor for a stated time after his or her employment with your firm ends. Click through to see whether it can help your business.

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  • SMART Goals Achieve Brilliant Results

    SMART goals motivate employees, improve performance and increase productivity. Click through to find out how to set them up.

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  • Ideas for Your Remote-Work Benefits Package

    As remote work remains widespread, employers are redesigning their benefits packages accordingly. This trend may become permanent. Click through for employee benefits ideas for your remote workforce.

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  • FLSA Mistakes To Avoid

    Most employers must adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act. But the FLSA can be complex — and mistakes are common and costly. Click through for a quick list of common FLSA errors you should avoid.

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  • Are Your Employees Really Employees?

    There has long been confusion about the distinction between employees and independent contractors, even though it's essential for businesses to get it right. Click through for some tips from the IRS.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Confused About How to Track Attendance

     Over the years, various technological resources have emerged to help companies better track the time of their hourly employees. Everything from electronic clocks to biometric tools can keep your records up to date and your employees paid on time. Here are some ways our technology can help you track attendance.

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  • Taxation and Economic Nexus: A Review

    It has long been a contentious and confusing issue: What effect do borders have on taxes? Click through for a review of key nexus issues to help you navigate your company's course.

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  • Seasonal Employment: Laws and Best Practices

    Do you rely on seasonal employees to fill staffing shortages during holidays or busy periods? Click through for insights into navigating seasonal employment.

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  • How To Make Your Business More Diverse and Inclusive

    How can you appeal to your diverse customer base and implement inclusion so that your whole company strengthens its position in the future? Click through to learn how inclusive policies benefit your customers and employees.

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  • What Makes a Successful Bonus Program?

    Bonuses are one of the best ways to motivate employees. But to actually work, a bonus program must be thoughtfully designed. Click through to learn about characteristics of an effective program.

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  • Affordable Care Act: What Employers Need to Know

    The first thing you have to figure out is whether you're a big or small employer, because the rules are different. Generally, if you have fewer than 50 employees, you're a small employer; 50 or more makes you a large employer. However, the IRS says that if you have fewer than 50 employees, but are a member of an ownership group with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees, you're considered a large employer

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  • Who is Entitled to Overtime—and Who Isn't

    When it comes to determining who is exempt from overtime pay and who isn't, federal law generally maintains that managers who earn above a specific amount should be exempt, while other workers who have no powers and responsibilities when it comes to the ability of hiring or firing other employees can receive overtime payments regularly.

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  • What Is I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification?

    Have you heard of I-9 verification? It's all about making sure you're not hiring anyone illegally. Click through to learn about this simple but vital employment step with new hires.

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  • Being on Time: How to Handle the Unpunctual

    Being punctual is important to the employment relationship. Occasional lateness due to traffic and mass transit delays is generally not a big issue, but chronic lateness is. Click through for guidelines on establishing and enforcing punctuality.

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  • How to Handle the Last Paycheck for a Terminated Employee

    There is a lot of misinformation, and confusing information, regarding how to handle the final paycheck for a terminated employee. Click through to learn the best ways to handle the last check for the person you've fired.

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  • How to View your Tax Forms

    Did you know that you can view all of your tax forms on Phoenix? 

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  • SOLE Pay Cards

    TimePays has partnered with SOLE pay cards, find out why you should too.

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  • Benefits: Know Your Terms

    If you've ever furrowed your brow in bewilderment at a benefit acronym, your employees have probably done the same. But there's a handy solution. Click through for a roundup of popular benefit terms and their meanings.

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  • How To Avoid Direct Deposit Mistakes

    Why we ask for voided checks and bank letters and why you should too.

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  • Social Security: Note the Key Changes for 2020

    The Social Security Administration has released new numbers for those paying Social Security and those collecting it. Click through for the new maximum taxable earnings amount as well as COLA and other key adjustments.

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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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  • Unlimited Vacation: What's It All About?

    It's one of the most controversial items in the benefits arena: the unlimited vacation policy. What are the risks, and is it appropriate for your company? Click through for some facts and the plusses and minuses.

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  • UPDATE: 2019 Minimum Wages

    Some states' minimum wages are going up. Make sure you're ready. 

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  • Big Changes Coming to Form W-4 -- Maybe

    With little fanfare, the IRS has issued a new draft version of Form W-4, used for federal tax withholding. It will likely change before a final version is issued for 2019, but meanwhile, companies can get a sense of what kinds of changes may be coming.

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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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  • 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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  • Is This Your Situation: You Need to Make Hiring Easier?

    While hiring is a broad category in business, there are some tips and programs that can make the process easier for you and your business. Click through to see what you can do to recruit the right employees. Bonus: Turn Your Payroll Into Profit.

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  • How Payroll Can Be Integrated with Workers Comp

    Pay-as-you-go workers' comp is a way companies can manage workers' compensation themselves. Cash flow management is one of the advantages. Click through to see how this system works.

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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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  • 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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  • Is This Your Situation: Concerned About Your Employee Handbook

    Even if you have just one employee, you need an employee Handbook - it protects you and your staff and helps reduce confusion. Click through for the basics of what you need in an employee Handbook.

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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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  • Can You Make Direct Deposit Mandatory?

    Direct deposit makes payroll processing so much easier, and the vast majority of employees find it convenient -- which is why you may wish to require it. Click through to see whether you’re allowed to mandate direct deposit.

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  • What Is Pay-As-You-Go Workers' Compensation?

    Traditionally, employers pay their workers' compensation premiums by making estimated payments. However, a new trend has emerged in the form of "pay as you go." Click through for insight into this nontraditional payment method.

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  • Take Stock of the Top Benefits Trends

    The employee benefits landscape is ever-changing. What are forward-looking companies offering today? And should you jump on the bandwagon? Click through for an annotated list of what's new.

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  • 5 Tips for Creating an Employee Promotion Policy

    Employee promotion is one of the top drivers of employee engagement. Equally important is having a promotion policy that employees perceive as impartial and consistent. Click through for insight into developing the policy.

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  • When and How To Give Severance Packages

    Severance is often viewed as a voluntary benefit, but it may be mandatory in certain cases. The rules can be complex. Click through to see when severance should be paid and what to include in the package.

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  • How To Onboard New Hires — Virtually

    Even in a challenging economy, many companies are still hiring new employees, and they have to bring them into the company efficiently — and safely. Click through for some tips on how to bring on new employees virtually.

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  • 4 Factors To Consider When Choosing a Pay Frequency

    Employees expect to be paid on time, based on the designated pay frequency. But before you choose a pay frequency, you must cover your bases. Click through for four things to keep in mind when selecting a pay frequency.

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  • How To Help Depressed Employees

    Depression is a major cause of disability worldwide, and one of the top three workplace issues in the U.S. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help employees suffering from depression. Click through to see how a company can help depressed workers.

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  • Navigating Open Enrollment in the New Normal

    Open enrollment has seen many changes in recent years, including a drastic shift to the virtual sphere. Every company will need to find a way to manage this change. Click through for tips on adjusting to this new normal.

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  • Top Cybersecurity Issues For HR

    The rise in HR technology poses a number of cyberthreats to the human resources function. Are you ready to counter them? Click through for some of the most prevalent cybersecurity concerns so that you can guard against them.

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  • Depositing and Reporting Employment Taxes

    You know that you have to pay your employees regularly. But did you know you also have an obligation to the IRS to report and remit employment taxes? Click through for an overview of the rules to make sure you stay compliant.

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  • How to Rightsize Your Company

    How do you know whether you have too few or too many employees? Click through to adapt your workforce as your organization grows and develops.

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  • The Tax Implications of Closing a Business

    There are many things you must do when you close a business. One is to make things right with the IRS. Click through for an overview of your tax responsibilities as a business owner when you're ready to move on.

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  • Remote Employees and Reimbursement

    Are your remote employees incurring expenses as a result of their jobs? Working from home is a whole new experience for many people, and you may need to reimburse your employees for the expenses that remote work creates for them. Click through for some thoughts on how to set up a reimbursement policy.

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  • The Advantages of a Total Rewards Package

    You can't look at benefits individually anymore. Progressive companies are taking a holistic look at how they reward their employees. Click through for an introduction to the 6-part system for attracting and retaining employees.

     

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  • Paid Sick and Family Leave: The Tax Rules

    More and more jurisdictions are mandating paid sick and family leave, and many companies offer it even if it's not required. But the tax rules can be complex. Click through to make sure you're in compliance when offering this popular benefit.

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  • 3 Things to Consider Before Choosing Benefits Administration Partners

    Benefits are a core driver of employee attraction and retention, but to truly make a difference to your team, they must be deftly administered. Click through to see how benefits administration partners can help.

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  • How To Choose the Right Salaries

    How do you determine the best salary ranges to offer new employees? It can be a hard series of calculations. Click through for some thoughts on how to compensate your staff so that turnover is low but you don't break your budget.

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  • Workplace Culture in a New World

    As businesses reopen their offices, how do your employees feel about your company and its future? Click through to take the pulse of your culture to ensure your employees' experience at work infuses them — and you — with a sense of well-being.

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  • Layoff, Furlough and Reduction in Force: How They Differ

    The terms "layoff," "furlough" and "reduction in force" are often used interchangeably, but they have different meanings — with important implications. Click through to make sure you're using the right term for the right situation.

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  • Active vs. Passive Benefits Enrollment

    To get employees to participate in your benefits program, you can actively or passively enroll them. Click through to find out which strategy is best for your company.

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  • DOL Expands Delivery Methods for 401(k) Electronic Disclosures

    Electronic delivery is the quickest, most cost-effective way to send retirement plan documents to participants — but there are rules. Click through for insight into DOL guidance on expanding electronic disclosure for retirement plans.

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  • What Is Employee Attrition?

    Employees come and go. When an employee's term of service ends and you decide to leave the position vacant, the occurrence is called "employee attrition." Click through for insight into this type of employee departure.

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  • Does Workers' Compensation Cover Remote Employees?

    More and more employees are working outside their employer's office. Are they entitled to the same workers' compensation coverage if they are injured on the job? Click through for the answer to this complex question.

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  • Open Enrollment: Be Ready for Questions

    Health care benefits are confusing, and what employees had in one job can be very different from what they find in a new one. There will be a lot of questions! Click through for a review of the most common ones.

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  • Workers' Compensation: How To Prevent Injuries

    Preventing on-the-job injuries and controlling workers' compensation costs are two ongoing challenges that employers face. Click through for the most common work-related injuries and ways to avoid them.

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  • It's Form W-2 Time: How to Handle Box 1

    It's been a complicated year, and you'll have to pay particular attention to Form W-2, especially Box 1--total annual taxable wages. Click through for a summary of what belongs in this box—and what does not.

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  • Artificial Intelligence in Recruiting: Trends and Concerns

    The recruiting landscape has changed exponentially. The pen-and-paper approach is virtually obsolete and artificial intelligence-infused technology is taking over. Click through for insight into this recruiting trend.

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  • What's the Story on DOL Posters for Remote Workers?

    Employers generally have to publicly display certain key labor rules. But what are their responsibilities when most, or all, of the employees work remotely? Click through to make sure you're still in compliance as the work world changes.

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  • Language Requirements for Workplace Posters

    In many cases, employers can display workplace posters that are written only in English. However, some laws require postings in other languages as well. Click through to learn how to stay compliant.

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  • Employee Leave Protections Under the ADA

    Do you offer paid or unpaid time off and have employees with disabilities? If so, you need to pay keen attention to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) leave provisions. Click through to discover how the ADA protects employees with regard to employer-sponsored leave.

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  • Defined Benefit Plans: The Standard Pension

    Defined benefit plans offer guaranteed retirement benefits for employees. How do these time-honored plans work? Click through to see advantages, disadvantages and tax considerations for employers and employees.

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