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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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  • 5 Tips for Grossing Up Severance Pay

    As a token of your appreciation to a separated employee, you may decide to pay for the taxes associated with his or her severance package. Click through for tips on this process, known as a "gross-up."

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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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  • 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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  • Interesting Facts

    Nikola Tesla predicted the modern cell phone in 1926.

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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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  • Does HIPAA Apply to Wellness Programs?

    Wellness programs are designed to improve employees' health and well-being, so it's easy to think all of them are subject to HIPAA. But this isn't always the case. Click through to discover which wellness programs are covered by HIPAA.

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  • Interesting Quotes

    Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. -Babe Ruth

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Interesting Facts

    American astronauts must be under 6 feet.

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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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  • Do Employees Have Rights to Their Personnel Files?

    An employee has asked to see the contents of his or her personnel file. There's confidential information in there, so you're not sure whether you're required to oblige. Click through for an overview of the rules.

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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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  • Should You Honor All W-4 Requests?

    Employees' W-4 forms show what they want withheld from their paychecks. It's their responsibility to complete the forms, but do you have to accept each form no matter what? Click through for some insights into your responsibilities.

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  • The Rise of On-site and Near-site Clinics

    Each year, the cost of employer-sponsored health plans surges higher by approximately 5 percent. Consequently, employers are increasingly turning to on-site and near-site health care facilities as a way of controlling costs. Click through for insight into these clinics.

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  • Interesting Facts

    The town of Calama, Chile in the Atacama Desert has never had rain.

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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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  • Employee Loans and Their Tax Consequences

    Some employers offer financial help in the form of loans to employees who are short on cash. Click through for insight into the different types of employee loans companies can offer and their tax implications.

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  • Appeals Court Upholds Federal Tax Exemption for Clergy Housing Expenses

    Thousands of pastors and churches across America just scored a major victory in the latest court challenge to the ministers’ housing allowance. Read more about this landmark victory for ministers and churches.

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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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  • How HIPAA Affects Your Group Health Plan

    Does your group health plan have at least 50 participants? If so, it may be required to comply with HIPAA's privacy and security rules. Click through for insight into HIPAA and its impact on group health plans.

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  • Payroll Compliance for the Multistate Employer

    A multistate payroll is like a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's often a sign that the business is growing. On the other hand, it comes with an army of legal implications. Click through for tips on navigating cross-border payroll.

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  • Interesting Facts

    A full moon always rises at sunset.

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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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  • Integrate Work-Life Benefits Into Your Rewards Program

    Our professional and personal lives are interwoven. Consequently, most of us are in a perennial pursuit of work-life balance. Click through to see how your rewards program contributes to this quest.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Financial Wellness Programs Gain Momentum

    Multiple studies have come to the same conclusion: Most Americans are worried about money -- hence the rise of financial wellness programs. Click through to discover why these programs are gaining steam in the employment landscape.

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  • We Hope You Scare Up Some Fun This Halloween!

    Halloween night is coming! Light your lanterns and roam around to scoop up as many candies as can be found. Click through for a special spooky greeting.

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  • New Parking Tax for Nonprofits

    As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that went into effect in January 2018, there is a new “parking tax” that applies to nonprofit organizations, including churches.  The new regulation creates unrelated business income tax on qualified transportation fringe benefits, including employer-provided parking.

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  • A Tax Essential: the Percentage-Withholding Method

    The IRS has developed multiple methods that employers may use to withhold federal income tax from employees' wages. One of those methods is done on a percentage basis. Click through for insights into the percentage-withholding formula.

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  • Interesting Quotes

    Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.  -Henry David Thoreau

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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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  • When Do Employees Have to Be Paid for a 'Break'?

    In a recent opinion letter, the Department of Labor (DOL) addressed whether employees who take frequent breaks due to a serious health condition should be paid for those breaks. Click through for an examination of this complex issue.

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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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  • Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

    How will you implement new or update existing policies and procedures about medical marijuana to align with new regulations? Click through to get the inside information on how to navigate this legal minefield.

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  • Interesting Quotes

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    - J.R.R. Tolkien

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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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  • Interesting Quotes

    The trick in life is learning how to deal with it. - Helen Mirren

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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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  • The Mathematics of Shift Differentials

    If you have employees who work outside normal business hours, they may be entitled to shift differential and overtime pay. The arithmetic can get a little tricky. Click through for insight into this calculation.

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  • Key Rules for Garnishing Lump-Sum Payments

    The DOL has clarified the types of lump-sum payments that are protected by federal garnishment laws versus those that are not. Click through for details to make sure you don't mishandle these for your employees.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • State Law Affects FMLA Eligibility

    The federal Family and Medical Leave Act is often regarded as the Holy Grail of employee leave. But depending on your state, the federal FMLA might not be the only game in town. Click through for insights into state rules.

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What Is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

    The battle cry for sexual harassment prevention has never been fiercer than it is today. But in order to prevent sexual harassment, you must first be able to spot it. Click through for insight into the different kinds of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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  • Who Is Excluded From the FLSA's Minimum Salary Requirements?

    To qualify for an exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees must often meet specific job duties and salary basis requirements. However, certain employees can be exempt without having to satisfy the salary basis test. Click through to discover these exclusions.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Interesting Quotes

    "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." 

    ~Marie Curie

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  • Is 'Selective' Health Coverage Permissible?

    For one reason or another, you may want to provide health insurance to only certain employees, leaving the rest without coverage. Click through to find out whether this is legal and, if so, under what circumstances.

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  • Interesting Facts

    Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup soccer and Formula One racing.

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  • How to Convince Employees to Take Time Off

    No one wants unproductive workers. But that's what you'll likely get if your employees refuse to take adequate time off. Click through for tips on getting your staff to take that much-needed vacation.

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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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  • How to Decode the 'Group' in Group Health Insurance

    You're likely no stranger to the phrase "group health insurance," as it is commonly used in the sphere of employment. But do you know what constitutes a "group"? Click through to delve into the complexities of the definition.

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  • 4 Steps for Conducting an Internal I-9 Audit

    At all times, U.S. employers need to be aware of whether their employees are authorized to work in the country. This can be determined by conducting an internal I-9 audit. Click through for tips on this process.

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  • How to Handle Supplemental Wages

    Supplemental wages do not qualify as regular income and are subject to special withholding rules. Click through for an introduction to what items fit into this group, and how they should be taxed.

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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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  • 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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  • Different Kinds of Bonuses -- And Their Effect on Overtime

    Bonuses are a form of variable pay that are used to inspire employee loyalty or reward performance, and it's essential to know about the different kinds. Click through for a primer on both types of bonuses, including their effect on overtime.

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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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  • Should You Offer a 529 Savings Plan?

    College and university costs are surging at a tremendous rate, making 529 savings plans a desirable benefit among job seekers and employees. Click through to see whether this educational perk is ideal for your business.

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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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