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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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  • The Pandemic and Its Long-Term Lessons

    Every business is finding new ways to keep in touch with their customers. Each successful solution can keep the company going now and — just as important — into the post-pandemic world. Click through for a fresh look at customer care.

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  • What Is the Fluctuating Workweek Method?

    The fluctuating workweek method can be a great money-saving strategy, as it enables you to pay overtime at a lower rate. But before you hop on board, make sure you know the rules. Click through for insight into fluctuating workweeks.
     

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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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  • 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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  • CDC Gives Guidance for Reopening Businesses

    While stringent closing rules are still in place, the CDC has started to give guidance for reopening certain businesses under certain situations. Click through to get started thinking about how your business may be able to reopen.

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  • Interesting Facts

    The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.

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  • What Are the Trends in Employee Benefits?

    The world of employee benefits is always changing, with new options popping up to keep current staff happy and give an edge in recruiting. Click through for a quick look at what benefits are on the horizon.

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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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  • 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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  • Interesting Facts

    Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.

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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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  • 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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  • Interesting Fact

    A group of finches is called a Charm.

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  • Rethinking the Way We Communicate

    We may find that COVID-19 has accelerated the trend toward new ways to communicate and new styles of communication. Click through for insights into getting the most out of the many choices we are using now — and will continue to use going forward. 

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  • Is This Your Situation: Feeling Overwhelmed with Payroll Regulations

    Although you are in business to provide a product or service, managing payroll is an essential task. Click through to learn about outsourcing this important but complex task.

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  • New Hires? Make Sure You Follow the Rules!

    When you hire a new employee, there's a lot more to do than give a handshake and say, "Welcome aboard." You have to collect a lot of information and report it. Click through to make sure you're in compliance.

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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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  • 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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  • Interesting Quotes

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The State Unemployment Tax: Know the Story

    The State Unemployment Tax Act is an important and complicated law that affects virtually every employer, and there are variations from state to state. Click through for an introduction to key SUTA provisions.

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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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  • 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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  • Interesting Quotes

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

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  • Interesting Facts

    A full moon always rises at sunset.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Handling HR and Payroll for Remote Employees

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

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  • Which Benefits Are Legally Required?

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

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  • Proper Reporting for QSEHRA Benefits

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

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  • Breaking Down Employee Breaks

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

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  • Interesting Facts

    In bowling, three strikes in a row was called a turkey. The term originated in the 1800s when at holiday time, the first member of a team to score three strikes in a row won a free turkey.

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

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

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  • Reasons to Integrate Time and Labor With Payroll

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Interesting Facts

    A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Interesting Facts

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is This Your Situation: Concerned About Time and Attendance Tracking

    For time and attendance, it's not only about how you track your staff, but you how interpret the data. Click through to learn how to take control of time and attendance.

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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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  • Interesting Quotes

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

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  • Fully Insured Versus Self-Funded Health Plans

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

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  • Use Big Data to Improve Your Benefits Program

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What Does a Dependent Care Assistance Program Cover?

    To help with costly family burdens, many employers provide reimbursement through a Dependent Care Assistance Program. Click through for an introduction to the complex reimbursement rules.

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  • Can Employers Ask for a Doctor's Note?

    Employees call in sick from time to time. Can you require a doctor's note to prove that they are really ill? The answer is a little complicated. Click through to find out what various laws have to say.

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  • The 3 Points of Switching 401(k) Plan Providers

    Your 401(k) plan provider plays a major role in managing your fiduciary responsibilities. If your provider fails to meet your expectations, it may be time to seek a replacement. Click through for three considerations when making the switch.

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  • 3 Tips for Helping Employees Deal With Job Stress

    Nearly 80% of employees feel stressed at work, according to the American Institute of Stress. Further, nearly half of these workers say they need help dealing with stress. Click through for three things you can do to ease workplace stress.

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  • Interesting Fact

    The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.

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  • Interesting Facts

    American astronauts must be under 6 feet.

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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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  • 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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  • Keep the Human Touch in Benefits Communications

    Digital solutions are trending in the workplace. But when it comes to benefits communications, employees also want the human touch. Click through to see why human interactions are vital to employee benefits.

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  • Five Clever Ways To Reward Employees At No Cost To Your Firm

    Did you know there are ways to reward employees and recognize achievements that won’t break the bank? To discover these and more information on employee rewards, Click through.

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  • How To Support Employees in Wellness

    Setting wellness goals is key to physical and mental health. Click through to see how prioritizing self-care can give workers confidence and control.

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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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  • 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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  • Is This Your Situation: Are You Wondering About Payroll Cards?

    Employers of all sizes are trying to get away from paychecks, an expensive way to pay employees. Click through to learn about payroll cards, an economical solution.

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  • How To Offer Internships

    Internships provide real-life training to recent college graduates and workers transitioning to new careers. But there are rules: You can't simply use interns as underpaid workers. Click through for best practices and labor law requirements.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Interesting Fact

    A quarter of Russia is covered by forest.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Interesting Facts

    Butterflies taste with their feet.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tips for Investigating Workplace Complaints

    The pandemic-induced workplace changes have led to a lot of tension, and with tension come employee complaints. Management must take them seriously, even if they seem frivolous. Click through for insight into conducting workplace investigations.

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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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  • The 6 Essential Payroll Tax Forms

    Whether you have 10 employees or 1,000, payroll tax forms are a part of your life, so make sure you understand the basics. Click through for an introduction to the most important tax forms, and a summary of how they're used.

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  • Benefits: Getting the Word Out

    Employee benefits can often be a deciding factor for employees considering whether to jump ship or stay aboard at a job. Click through to see how to keep employees informed about the principal features of benefit offerings.

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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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  • A Sales-Tax Primer for Pandemic-Affected Businesses

    Many businesses have enhanced their online presence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses need to be aware of the many challenges associated with collecting sales tax on internet sales. Click through to learn how to transition smoothly to online sales.

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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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  • Interesting Fact

    Starfish have no brains.

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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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  • Interesting Fact

    It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.

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  • 5 Tips for Laying Off Furloughed Employees

    You opted to furlough employees because you wanted to keep them on your payroll and planned to bring them back. But things didn't go as intended, and you'll have to let the employees go. Click through for tips on handling the layoff.

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  • 5 Best Practices for Online Video Meetings

    Although many employers used videoconferencing before the pandemic, in recent months, its use has soared. Still, many users are confused about how best to use it. Click through for tips on hosting successful video meetings.

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  • Disaster Relief Payments: A Simple Way To Help Employees

    There's an underrated benefit flying under the radar as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on — and it comes in the form of tax-free disaster relief payments. Click through for insight into this simple, tax-advantaged program.

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  • What Is a Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Plan?

    The adverse economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has bolstered employers' interest in supplemental unemployment benefits plans, which are designed for certain discharged workers. Click through for an intro to a little-known benefit.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Trying to Gain Benefits From Outsourcing Payroll

    Even at the most basic level, payroll is tedious, time-consuming and frustrating. Click through for a glimpse at four ways your business benefits from outsourcing payroll.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What's in the New 2021 Stimulus Bill?

    The American Rescue Plan Act has been much tweaked and much debated. But what's actually in it and who benefits from it? Click through for a summary of the main provisions of this landmark 600-page bill.

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  • Interesting Facts

    Nikola Tesla predicted the modern cell phone in 1926.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Biometric Time Clocks: What Are the Laws?

    To combat time theft, employers are increasingly turning to biometric time clocks. However, these systems have legal implications. Click through for insight into biometric time clock laws.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What to Know About Short-Term and Long-Term Disability

    Disability insurance is one of the most overlooked employee benefits. But it's worth your attention, as it can help you attract and retain qualified people. Click through to learn about short- and long-term disability insurance.

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  • Employee Furloughs: Right for You?

    Although employee furloughs can be a viable alternative to layoffs, they are also a legal minefield and should be implemented only after obtaining appropriate counsel. Click through for insight into employee furloughs.

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  • Deducting Negative Leave Balances From Final Wages

    A departing employee took more paid time off than they had available, leading to a negative balance. Click through to see what the rules are for deducting the outstanding amount from the employee's final paycheck.

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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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  • The Thorny Issue of Ethics in HR

    As the human resources function continues to evolve, ethical issues in HR are more abundant than ever before. Decisions are complex, and you often need nuanced reactions. Click through for insight into creating a framework for workplace ethics.

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  • Automatic 401(k) Enrollment: Right for Your Company?

    More employers are automatically enrolling employees in 401(k) plans. But before you follow suit, make sure you know what's involved and what the rules are. Click through to learn whether automatic enrollment is right for your company.

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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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  • When You Have an HR Department of One

    Many small businesses need only one HR practitioner who juggles a number of tasks alone. Click through to learn how an HR department of one can help your business.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Interesting Quotes

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    - J.R.R. Tolkien

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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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  • 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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  • How to Figure Retroactive Pay

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

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  • 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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  • 7 Considerations When Preparing Your Payroll Budget

    As a core operating expense, payroll deserves its own space in your company budget. But it's not always clear what constitutes a payroll expense. Click through for the basics on the key items that go in the payroll budget.

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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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  • Qualities of a Good Payroll Technology Demo

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

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  • Juneteenth Becomes Federal Holiday

    June 19 is the commonly accepted date for the end of slavery in the United States, and now, by act of Congress, it's an official holiday. Click through for a brief discussion of the history and the significance of this change.

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  • Interesting Fact

    Peanuts aren’t technically nuts

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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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  • 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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  • Create a Strategy To Bring Back Workers

    Not everyone is ready to come back to the office. Going forward, you'll need to give the process of returning to normal some serious thought. Click through for some tips on handling the return to office with sensitivity and an understanding of the rules.

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  • Interesting Fact

    Firefighters use wetting agents to make water wetter

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  • Health Insurance Plans and Alternatives for Small Businesses

    Health care costs are a major concern for small businesses, which is why it's best to know your options before choosing a health care plan. Click through for an introduction to the pros and cons of the various options.

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  • What Employers Need to Know About FICA Taxes

    Whether you have one employee or 1,000, you have to take responsibility for withholding and remitting Social Security taxes. Click through to make sure you know the basics and comply with the rules.

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  • How to Be a Great Remote Leader

    With so many employees working from home, the need for remote leaders is escalating. Is there a leadership difference between on-site and remote managers? Click through for a peek into the future of leadership.

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  • What to Look for in an Applicant Tracking System

    In today’s technology-driven employment landscape, most recruiters are using applicant tracking systems to find and hire the right people. However, some systems are more advanced than others. Click through for insight into modern applicant tracking systems.

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  • Interesting Fact

    The longest English word is 189,819 letters long.

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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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  • 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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  • Interesting Fact

    “Running amok” is a medically recognized mental condition.

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  • Do Employers Have to Pay for New Hire Orientation and Training?

    Whether new hires should be paid for orientation and training is determined by federal law and applicable state regulations. Click through for the Fair Labor Standards Act's stance on this issue.

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  • Managing Your Business and Staff After the Pandemic

    Can you lay a strong foundation for a flourishing, long-lasting small business in the post-pandemic world? Click through to learn how to seek out and seize opportunities and integrate resilience into your business plan.

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  • Should You Pay an Employee Who Resigns With Two Weeks' Notice?

    When an employee hands in their two-week notice of resignation, it triggers payroll questions, including whether the employee should be paid at all. What are the rules and best practices for this situation? Click through for information to help you create a policy.

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  • Interesting Fact

    Octopuses lay 56,000 eggs at a time

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  • Are You Conducting Pay-Equity Reviews?

    Equal pay laws require equal pay for men and women who do the same or substantially equal work in the same organization. Click through for a primer on performing pay-equity reviews so you can avoid or fix any discrepancies.

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  • 3 Easy Ways to Hire Better Employees

    Over and over, it happens: You hire an employee thinking you've found "the one," only to be proven wrong. This is a strain on your budget, as the cost of replacing a bad hire can be exorbitant. Click through for three simple ways to hire the right people.

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  • Interesting Fact

    Cats have fewer toes on their back paws

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  • How You Can Brand Your Benefits Program

    You offer a variety of benefits to your employees, but are they tied into your company's identity? Benefits are sometimes even more important than salary in attracting staff. Click through for some tips in supercharging your benefits program.

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  • Reporting FFCRA-Qualified Leave on Form W-2

    Are you required by federal law to offer paid leave because of the coronavirus pandemic? If so, you must report the payments on the recipient's Form W-2 or in a separate statement. Click through for reporting details.

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  • DOL Issues New Recommended FMLA Forms

    New guidelines streamline the forms and procedures for the Family and Medical Leave Act. The law hasn't changed, but new guidance modifies the application process. Click through for an introduction to the new FMLA process.

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  • Interesting Fact

    All polar bears are left-handed.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Learning the Basics of Small-Company Payroll

    Managing payroll, especially as your company grows, doesn’t have to be a headache. Click through for a brief intro into payroll management.

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  • The 7 Reasons to Hire an Accountant

    Most working professionals can use the help of an accountant. Click through for seven reasons to hire an accountant for your personal finances.

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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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  • Interesting Fact

    Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors, the helicopter, and many other present day items.

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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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  • Why You Need a Payroll Continuity Plan

    We tend to take payroll for granted, but when a disaster hits, you need a strategy to help you continue to pay your employees. Click through to see why you need a payroll continuity plan and how to begin to set one up.

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  • Creating a Positive Return Experience

    As companies across the country prepare to reopen, they need to consider how they will ensure the health and safety of their employees. Click through to read more about the steps company leaders need to take to help ensure a smooth experience.

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  • The Latest Innovations in Timekeeping

    From mechanical time clocks to web-based and mobile solutions, timekeeping systems have evolved immensely over the years. Click through for the latest developments in employee time tracking.

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  • By the Numbers: The Key Adjustments for 2021

    As the year winds down, the government changes a variety of numbers affecting tax and other financials. How do these changes affect you or the companies you manage? Click through for a review of the 2021 changes.

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  • Interesting Fact

    Switzerland is the only country with a square flag.

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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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  • Interesting Fact

    Honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life.

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  • 6 Tips for Handling Virtual Layoffs

    It's never pleasant when layoffs become a necessity, and now the pandemic has turned the process virtual. Conducting layoffs through online meetings is the new norm. Click through for six ways to navigate layoffs in the virtual sphere.

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  • Interesting Fact

    99% of the solar system mass is concentrated in the sun.

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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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  • Can the COVID-19 Vaccine Be Mandatory?

    Many employers have a strong case for requiring employee vaccinations, say legal experts, but it's a complex landscape. Click through to see what your vaccination policies should include — and exclude.

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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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  • Pay Stubs: Know the Rules

    Everyone takes the information on a paycheck for granted, but whether by custom or law, it contains specific information useful to your employees. Click through for both the rules and best practices of pay stub information.

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  • The Upside of Integrating Timekeeping, Payroll and Accounting

    To pay your employees correctly, you must track their work time. And to help ensure accurate financial records, you must do payroll accounting. Click through to see why it makes sense to integrate all of these processes into a single unit.

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  • How To Use Videos for Benefits Communications

    The pandemic forced companies to turn to videos for so much — including benefits communications. There's a good chance that will become permanent. Click through for tips on creating employee benefits videos.

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  • New Stimulus Has Plenty for Small Business

    The pandemic relief measure provides $325 billion in small-business funds and gives businesses another bite at the PPP apple. Click through for the details on what's available to make sure you get the cash you're entitled to.

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  • Q&A on Employee Assistance Programs

    Poor employee mental health can have serious consequences on the bottom line and employees' well-being. Click through to learn how you can help prevent these outcomes by offering an Employee Assistance Program.

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  • Employee Written Warnings: 4 Things To Know

    For your business to be competitive, your employees must perform at a high level. Failure to reach this standard comes with consequences, which may involve written warnings. Click through for insight into written disciplinary measures. 

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  • Changing Culture to Manage Future Disruptions

    Companies that are structured to be resilient and agile are more likely to succeed through disruptions such as the current pandemic — and any future disruptions. Click through to learn how to operate under an agile model.

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  • The Whys and Hows of Outsourcing Payroll

    Doing payroll in-house takes time, expertise and resources. It may be far easier and more cost-effective to simply outsource this role to a payroll bureau. Click through to discover the benefits of handing over your payroll to a trusted provider.

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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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  • Are Your Employees Cross-Trained?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with staffing at companies of all sizes. Can you prepare for any new disasters that lead to major layoffs? Click through for some thoughts on cross-training, which can ensure all tasks are covered.

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  • An Overview of Federal and State Overtime Exemption Laws

    Depending on where you do business, some of your employees may be subject to federal and state overtime exemption laws. Click through for a primer on the complex rules that govern overtime requirements.

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  • IRS Turbocharges the Employee Retention Tax Credit

    Last year the government created an employee retention tax credit to keep employees on their payroll. Recent tweaks have made it even more attractive. Click through to see if it's something your business should take advantage of.

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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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  • 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 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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  • Interesting Fact

    McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli.

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  • Long-Term Care Insurance: What Employers Need To Know

    Americans are living longer, which means long-term care insurance is more critical than ever. But not everyone who needs it wants to pay for it. Click through to see how this may become a company benefit.

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  • Common Overtime Mistakes To Avoid

    Noncompliance with overtime laws is one of the main reasons employees file wage and hour lawsuits. It's therefore critical that you avoid overtime mistakes. Click through for pitfalls to watch out for when administering overtime pay.

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  • DOL Issues Clarification on Independent Contractors

    For years, employers, workers and government agencies have struggled with the often blurry line between "employee" and "independent contractor." Click through for a summary of a new rule that makes the definition a little clearer.

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  • Interesting Fact

    Some fungi create zombies, then control their minds.

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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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  • 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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  • Many States Follow Suit With Fed Tax Delay

    The word is out that the IRS has postponed federal tax filing until May 17. That didn't directly affect state tax filings, but many states are choosing to follow the IRS' lead. Click through to see if your state is included.

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  • Interesting Fact

    The first oranges weren’t orange.

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  • Effective Communication in Difficult Times

    More than ever, in a rapidly changing business environment where telework is the new norm, effective communication is a skill every leader should have. Click through for three strategies to enhance communication at work.

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  • Pay Frequency: What Are Your Options?

    How often do you pay your employees? It shouldn't be a casual decision: there are legal and administrative implications. Click through to for some tips on pay frequency, to make sure you're aligned with best practices and regulations.

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  • Benefits Can Make You a Star Employer

    No matter what the overall unemployment rate is, companies always have to battle to get the best employees. Are you offering a package to find and retain the top talent? Click through for some advice on how your benefits can make you an employer of choice.

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  • 7 Key Aspects of Payroll Compliance

    Payroll compliance is about meeting your payroll obligations as required by law. Click through to learn how your organization can stay compliant.

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  • Interesting Fact

    There’s only one letter that doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name: Q

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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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  • 4 Steps to Controlling Your HR Costs

    Your human resources department is important, which makes controlling related costs a challenging feat. You need sufficient resources, but you don't want to overspend. So how do you strike a balance? Click through to find out.

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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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  • Employers Get Tax Breaks for Vaccination Leave

    Washington wants everyone to get a COVID-19 shot, so it is giving a refundable tax credit to employers who grant paid time-off to staff to receive—or recover from—a vaccination. Click through for eligibility rules.

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  • Interesting Fact

    A cow-bison hybrid is called a “beefalo”

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  • Think Your Business Doesn't Need an Employee Handbook? Think Again!

    The employee handbook has always been a valuable resource for employers. But in recent years, it has become more important than ever. Click through to see why every employer needs an employee handbook.

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  • What to Know About the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

    The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide funding to help pandemic-affected restaurants. Click through to see if your business is eligible, and how to take advantage.

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  • DOL Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

    In January 2021, the Department of Labor issued a rule clarifying the standard for employees versus independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. It has now withdrawn the rule. Click through for a review of what this means.

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  • Interesting Fact

    Scotland has 421 words for “snow”.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How Do Holidays Affect FMLA Leave?

    Employers that offer FMLA leave and paid holidays should be aware of how the two benefits interact with each other. Click through to find out how benefits can backfire.

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  • Executive Compensation: The Basics and Compliance Implications

    CEO compensation has risen 940% since 1978, the Economic Policy Institute reported in 2019. But what does CEO and other executive compensation entail? Click through for the compliance implications for employers.

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  • What Is the Role of Boards in a Post-Covid World?

    The pandemic has shifted corporate board meetings from in person to virtual, and that may become the new norm. What are the implications? Click through for a brief examination of how board operations, and perceptions, may change.

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  • Interesting Fact

    The “Windy City” name has nothing to do with Chicago weather.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 4 Tips to Prevent Workplace Violence

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

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  • 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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  • How Long Does COBRA Coverage Last?

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

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  • Include These Notices in Your Open Enrollment Kit

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Key Metrics for Measuring Employee Performance

    Employee performance and organizational success are conjoined. Therefore, it's vital that you keep tabs on your employees' output. Click through for essential metrics to measure employee performance.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Retirement Plan Startup Costs Tax Credit

    You may be able to claim a tax credit of up to $5,000 when you set up a SEP IRA, a SIMPLE IRA or a 401(k) plan. Click through to see how the tax credit reduces the amount of taxes you owe.

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  • How To Create a Compensation Plan

    Don't be casual about how you compensate your employees — you need a formal compensation plan that includes wages and benefits. Click through for some tips on how such a plan might look at your business.

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  • Interesting Fact

    Armadillo shells are bulletproof

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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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  • Job Applicants and Their Criminal Histories

    To make informed hiring decisions, employers need to request certain information from job applicants. But does this include their criminal histories? It's a complicated answer. Click through for the details on what to check.

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  • Affordable Care Act Upheld — Again

    The popular but controversial ACA has proved victorious once more in the Supreme Court. In a 7-2 decision, the Court ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing. Click through to find out what this means for the ACA.

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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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  • How To Introduce Competency-Based Interviews

    More and more employers are using competency-based interviews to boost hire quality and overall retention. Properly used, they can help you gauge a candidate's skill set. Click through for insight into this interview model.

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  • The Tax Situation When You Have Employees

    When people perform work for you, you face a whole new world of responsibilities and deadlines. The rules are detailed and complex. Click through for an introduction to tax rules for employers.

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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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  • 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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