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  • Benefits You May Not Have Thought About

    Companies are always struggling to figure out ways to keep current employees and recruit new ones. Money is important, but it's not the only thing that attracts and keeps employees. Click through for a rundown of some great benefits you should consider.

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  • The Ups and Downs of Working with Family

    Can parents and children, or brothers and sisters, work together at a business? There's a long tradition of this, but it has to be done carefully. Click through for some insights on what happens when family members run a business together.

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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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  • The 401(k): Just the Beginning of Retirement Benefits

    Retirement plans are one of the most popular benefits companies can offer, and even small businesses can get in on the game. Click through for an introduction to retirement plans that are perfect for small businesses.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Wondering if a Nonprofit as well as a For Profit can take advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Program

    Many business managers know about the work opportunity tax credit, but few realize how wide-ranging it can be. Click through for some insights into how the WOTC works for all businesses, even nonprofits.

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  • What Should Employers Not Ask During a Job Interview?

    When interviewing prospects for a position, you want to get all the information you can. But asking certain questions could get you in hot water. Click through for advice on what you should NOT ask job candidates.

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  • Should You Offer Outplacement?

    You don't want to lay off employees, but when you have to, you can soften the blow, and boost your reputation, by offering outplacement services. Click through to learn how this valuable benefit works.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Finding Out Workers' Comp Basics

    Workers' compensation insurance was designed to ensure that employees have some financial protection if they're hurt on the job. Click through to see how workers' comp affects you as an employer.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Deciding if Flex Accounts Are Right for You

    Employees and companies take note: A flexible spending account can be an essential part of the benefits package. Click through to learn about how these plans can save employees money.

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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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  • Get to Know the EEOC Rules

    There's a wide range of laws overseen by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and it's a good idea for both employers and employees to know at least the basics. Click through for an introduction to the key equal opportunity laws.

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  • Must-Have Items for an Employee Handbook

    Companies of all sizes need an employee handbook. Established policies help ensure smooth relationships with your staff. Click through for a discussion of employee handbook essentials.

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  • Make Employees Smile with Dental Benefits

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

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  • It's Time to Celebrate National Payroll Week!

    It's probably the most important department most employees never think about -- their company's payroll department -- the division that makes sure those paychecks get out week after week. Click through to learn how to give payroll professionals their day in the sun.

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  • The Best and Most Unusual Employee Benefits

    Employee benefits are sometimes even more important than salary in attracting and retaining the best people. Click through for a list and examination of some items you may not even have heard of.

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  • New Law Simplifies Healthcare Reimbursements -- for Now

    The new 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama recently signed, contains a provision that gives a much-desired tax break to small companies. Click through to learn how this can save your business a bundle.

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  • What's an Employee Performance Improvement Plan?

    This is a term that's thrown around a lot, but not everyone knows what it really means. Nevertheless, these plans are essential whether you have one employee or 1,000. Click through to learn what they are and how to use them.

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  • Can the Myers-Briggs Test Help With Your Business?

    Managers are always looking for a new edge to help them hire and manage employees. The well-established Myers-Briggs test can help in HR, but only if it's properly used. Click through for some details on this potentially useful profiling tool.

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  • Legislators Give Boost to Status of Freelancers

    Everyone talks about the "gig" economy, where workers are all essentially freelancers. But one city is reining in this "Wild West" system, and this may be a trend. Click through to learn about some new rules that affect the way companies and freelancers work together.

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  • Special Video Report: Personal Branding

    What is personal branding? It's about who you are, and the value you bring to all your interactions. Click Full Article below for a video that explains this important, cutting-edge concept.

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  • Learn the Secrets of Key Performance Indicators

    How do you know if you're doing well? It's a more complicated question than you may realize. Click through to learn about the different ways to measure your company's performance, and which ones are right for you.

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  • Noncompete Agreements: Should You Insist on One?

    A noncompete agreement can help minimize loss if a competitor tries to lure one of your employees away. But there are limits to how these work. Click through to become aware of all the implications before you ask your staff to sign one.

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  • Should You Create a Formal PTO Policy?

    For happy staff and management, be sure to produce a formal time-off policy. You have lots of options, but get it down in writing. Click through to learn how these policies protect both your business and your employees.

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  • What to Say About Fired Employees?

    What do you say about an employee you fired when you get a call for a reference? You have to face the important legal and practical implications. Click Full Article below to learn the right and wrong things to mention.

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  • Leadership Skills Are Key, Says SHRM Leadership Study

    Do you want to be a leader? Do you want to foster leaders in your organization? These are today's major challenges. Click Full Article below to learn what a recent study has to say about leadership.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Deciding if HSAs and FSAs Are Right for You

    Health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts are two helpful ways to pay for medical expenses. Which should companies provide for their employees, and can they offer both? Click through to learn the pros and cons of each.

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  • Evaluating a 401(k) Plan for Your Business

    Gone are the days of pensions and gold watches upon retirement. Today’s savvy employees look for firms with retirement planning options like 401(k) plans. Click through for help evaluating 401(k) options for your firm. 

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  • Do It Right: Legal HR and Payroll Practices

    You could fill a bookshelf with all the rules and guidance on payroll and HR generally, and employers have to be vigilant. Click through for some advice on how to get started and remain on the right path.

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  • How To Make Your Business More Diverse and Inclusive

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

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  • What Makes a Successful Bonus Program?

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

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  • 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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  • 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 Much FMLA Leave Should Part-Time Employees Receive?

    Part-time employees who meet certain conditions are eligible for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, but the calculations can get complicated. Click through to learn the rules for proper calculation.

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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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  • 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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  • What Is a Money Purchase Pension Plan?

    It may not be the best-known retirement plan, but it's right for some companies and is worth a look. It can offer businesses a chance to attract and retain key employees. Click through to see how it compares with better-known alternatives.   

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  • Is Remote Work Here to Stay?

    The pandemic made remote work essential for many. But now, a lot of employees have become used to it. Is it permanent? Click through to see how employers envision the future of work.

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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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  • 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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  • An HR Audit Checklist To Keep You Compliant

    As an employer, you should be conducting internal HR audits at least annually to ensure compliance with the law. Click through for a checklist of the most critical areas to focus on.

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  • Which Health Benefits Does COBRA Cover?

    When your employees elect COBRA continuation coverage, it's important to know which health benefits you need to extend to them. The rules can get complicated. Click through to see what exactly is covered under COBRA.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Sorting Out Exempt vs. Nonexempt Employees

    Some employees have to be paid their hourly wage, or even more, if they put in extra time. Others are expected just to put in the extra time anyway. Click through for an introduction to the complex world of exempt vs. nonexempt employees.

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  • How Often Should You Pay Employees?

    One a week? Once a month? You need to decide how often you'll be signing paychecks. Click Full Article below to learn about the rules and best practices for timing paychecks.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Moving Beyond Paychecks for Employees

    As employers move beyond paper checks, anxious employees still need help and reassurance regarding direct deposit. Click through for some ways to communicate payday systems to your staff.

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  • Maternity Benefits: Employer Responsibilities

    What are your responsibilities in the workplace when it comes to offering maternity leave? Click Full Article below to see what you need to know about providing leave to new moms and dads.

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  • 5 Steps to the Successful Multi-Office Business

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

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  • Do Millennials and Baby Boomers Differ?

    Generational differences can be important in the workplace, as different groups have different attitudes. Click through to learn what these differences are, so everyone can understand each other better.

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  • Service Dogs in the Workplace

    As employers, what are the accommodations we need to make in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding service dogs? Click through to learn about how you can accommodate service dogs and all your employees.

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  • Making a Success of Online Recruiting

    Is online recruiting the future of hiring? Knowing how to effectively do this can save time and help you get the best people for your business. Click through to learn more about online recruiting, its benefits and how you can make it work for you.

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  • What To Do About Unused Paid Sick Leave

    If your state or locality mandates paid sick leave, you must follow the law regarding unused sick time. Otherwise, you're generally free to develop your own policy on the issue. Click through for insight into handling unused paid sick leave.

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  • How to Manage a Virtual Office

    The virtual office model is becoming increasingly popular with both businesses and employees, but it presents special challenges. Click through to learn how to manage staff inside this model.

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

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

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  • Is This Your Situation: Making a Decision About Health Savings Accounts

    Health savings accounts can be win-win for a company, allowing it to offer benefits that virtually all employees can take advantage of. Click through to learn how they work.

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  • How to Develop Your Staff

    You want to grow your company, and the best way to do that is to grow your staff. If your employees learn leadership skills, you'll reap the rewards. Click through for some insights into how best to help your employees.

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  • Health Savings Account Limits Change for 2017

    Early this year, the IRS increased the health savings account contribution amount for 2017. And there are other changes as well. Click through to see how these modifications may affect you.

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  • Is There a Drug and Alcohol Policy in Your Office?

    It's not something you'd like to contemplate -- drugs and alcohol in your office. But you do have to think about the consequences. Click Full Article below for some thoughts on creating a company policy.

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  • Biggest Errors Managers Can Make

    Some people are born to be great managers. Others are forced to learn through trial and error. Click through for a list of the chief mistakes new managers make, and tips on how to avoid them.

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  • What to Do About Holiday Office Parties

    Every office is different, and budgets and rules vary. Some holiday office party ideas will work for your office and some won't. Click through to get others' tips on what worked for their successful holiday office parties.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Learning Your Poster Requirements

    Are you following your poster rules? The federal government requires many of them for all kinds of businesses. Click through for an introduction to poster requirements.

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  • How to Improve Company Culture

    What makes the "culture" of a company can be hard to define, but it can make a big difference in the success of the company. Click through to learn how to improve the culture of your company.

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  • DOL Releases New Guidance on Employee Leaves

    The pandemic has changed the way we work, and multiple laws are coming into play as everyone adjusts. Click through for a summary of the latest Department of Labor guidance regarding interpreting these laws.

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  • OSHA Regulations and Why They Matter

    Do you have a complete understanding of how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration protects workers at your company? Click through to see some of the ways OSHA regulations affect the workplace.

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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 to Do After a Hurricane

    Did you just get through hurricane? Do you know someone who did? Now comes the time to rebuild and repair homes, businesses and communities. Click through for a helping hand to get you -- or your friends and family -- through the coming weeks.

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  • Should I Offer Commuter Benefits?

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

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  • When an Employee Faces a Wage Garnishment

    It's not your fault, but you're stuck in the middle: a court has ordered you to withhold wages from an employee's paycheck. Click through to learn how to keep this from getting messy.

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  • Does Your Company Need Key Person Insurance?

    In business, it's hard to find time to consider something that isn't really urgent but that can be incredibly important. Click through to learn how to protect yourself against the loss of a top employee.

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  • Deciding How and Whether to Pay Bonuses

    Additional remuneration in the form of performance bonuses or incentive payments can help retain good staff. Click through to get details on choosing how and whether the incentive or bonus should be paid.

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  • Know the Rules on Legal Pay and HR Practices

    Employers need to be fair when it comes to employee relations, and they would do well to familiarize themselves with several key rules. Click through for some guidelines on pay and HR practices.

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  • When Do You Need an HR Staff?

    When a business has only a few employees, it's easy to manage staff. But at a certain point, you need an HR manager in-house. Click through for some insights into when you'll reach that place.

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  • The 6 Toughest HR Problems

    No one said managing employees was an easy proposition, but what are the most common problems and how can you avoid them? Click Full Article below to learn about the toughest HR problems and how to find the right solutions.

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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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  • Is This Your Situation: Deciding Whether Someone Is an Employee or a Contractor

    What is in a name? The IRS knows the answer, even though the reasoning can be subtle. Click through to learn the differences between an employee and an independent contractor before you make an expensive error.

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  • How to Create a Mission Statement for Your Company

    It's wonderful when you read a firm's mission statement and it defines the business so well that it feels like strategy. How do you do it? Click through to read the five steps to creating a mission statement that's not generic, stale and completely useless.

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  • Employee Wellness Programs: The Win-Win Benefit

    Have you thought about offering a wellness program in your company? It not only helps your staff, but your company as well, as it can lead to fewer sick days. Click through to learn more about the benefits of a wellness program.

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  • What Does ERISA Mean for Employers?

    The Employment Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, is an important consideration for employers. As an HR professional or company manager, you need to know at least the basics. Click through to learn more about this important topic.

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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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  • Is This Your Situation: Spending More Than $800.0 a year for 401(k) Administration?

    The administrative demands of managing 401(k)s are notoriously taxing. If you're not diligent, you could end up spending much more than you need to! Click through to see whether it's costing you too much money to get a handle on retirement plan management.

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  • Reap the Benefits of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

    The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers tax benefits for hiring people who fall within certain qualifying categories. This can be a big boon to companies and employers! Click through to learn the ins and outs.

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  • 5 Ways to Lower Your SUTA Tax Rate

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

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  • Giving Your Employees All the Vacation They Want

    Although only a few companies are actually doing this, the idea of giving your employees unlimited vacation time is getting a lot of attention. Is it right for your business? Click through for some discussion on this controversial benefit.

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  • How to Deploy a SEP IRA at Your Company

    Even a small company can offer a retirement plan, and the SEP IRA may be just the ticket. Click through for a description of how this kind of plan can help you and your employees.

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  • How to Find Interns

    Interns can help your company while giving you a chance to get them started on careers. Click through for some tips for recruiting them.

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  • Travel and Entertainment Costs: What Are the Rules?

    Yes, you get to deduct business-related travel and entertainment expenses, but as with so many tax provisions, the devil is in the details. Click through to learn how to properly deduct these expenses.

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  • 5 Ways to Improve Office Morale

    Are you concerned about your office morale? Every company could use a tune-up every now and then. Click through to learn five great ways to boost your employees' satisfaction and be more successful.

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  • The Minimum Wage: Know the Basics

    The federal government sets a national minimum wage, and there are some subtleties businesses need to know. Click through to make sure you are compliant.

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  • What to Know About Employee Wellness Programs

    Improving the health of your staff and reducing absenteeism is an employee benefit that helps staff and management. Click through to learn how to implement such a program in your company.

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  • What to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act

    The Americans with Disabilities Act contains a wide variety of provisions to protect disabled employees from discrimination. Is your business in compliance? Click Full Article below to learn about the details.

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  • Should You Have a Company Dress Code?

    Some think a company dress code is still essential to setting standards, while others believe that dress codes are a thing of the past. Click through for some thoughts on this controversial topic.

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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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  • Lessons on Being Productive at Home

    Look up "productivity during the pandemic," and you'll see advice about not worrying if you feel that you're having trouble focusing. Click through to see what may be working against your efforts to accomplish tasks.

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  • Day Care: A Winning Benefit for Employees

    Day care could be one of the most popular benefits you offer your staff, and it pays you back with a more committed workforce. Click through to learn how employer-provided day care can work.

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  • Should You Hire Ex-Convicts?

    It's not an easy question. Although an automatic "no" seems like the right answer, there are reasons to consider hiring former felons. Click Full Article below to get the facts before making a decision.

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  • The Future of Remote Work

    Remote work is here to stay, but the details of your company's remote workforce will depend on many factors, including how your workforce is managed. Click through for some thoughts on how to manage remote work so you aren't taken by surprise.

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  • What Employers Need to Know About Disability Coverage

    What is disability coverage and how does it work? This is an important insurance topic you need to know about whether you have a few employees or hundreds. Click through for disability basics.

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  • Social Security Taxes: The Basics Heading into 2017

    Social Security may be universal, but not every employer knows the details or is aware of its essential responsibilities. Click through for an introduction to key facts on Social Security and what you must do for your employees.

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

    Labor law posters inform employees of their rights in the workplace, so it's essential that your posters are current. It seems obvious, but poster decisions can get complicated. Click through for insight into updating labor law posters and contact us to learn more about our ePoster service for telework at https://www.benefitproviders.com/labor-law-compliance-service/

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  • Paid Sick and Family Leave: The Tax Rules

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

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

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

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  • The Ins and Outs of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

    It's one of the most potent tax breaks a company can get, encouraging it to hire people who typically have trouble getting work. Click through for an introduction to the complex rules.

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  • What Are Predictive Scheduling Laws?

    Are you changing your employees' work schedules at the last minute? If so, take care not to violate predictive scheduling laws — especially relevant in these unsettled times. Click through for insights into the rules you may need to follow.

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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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  • 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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  • Employment Records Retention: What Are the Federal Laws?

    Keeping employment records is not only good business practice but also legally required. The rules are specific and can get complicated. Click through for federal laws mandating employment records retention.

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  • 5 Reasons You Should Offer Telemedicine

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

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  • Hidden Tax Break: Meal Deductions Get a Boost

    A piece tucked inside the $900 billion stimulus bill just passed is a controversial boost to a tax break for business meals. Click through to take a closer look at a break for what's been dubbed the fully deductible three-martini lunch.

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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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  • Are DOL Posters Still Required with Employees Working at Home? Plus More Rules & Guidance

    Remote working comes with a whole new set of management challenges. Click through for some easy and inexpensive ways on handling requirements for poster compliance for your remote employees.

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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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  • Offering Flexible Schedules at a Business You Run

    It's a tricky thing: Employees love flexible schedules, but you have to make sure the business runs smoothly. Click through for some tips on offering flexible schedules, and why you should strongly consider it.

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  • Mission Critical: Disaster Planning and Payroll

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

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  • Starting Early? Tips For Building Retirement Savings Over The Long Haul

    Saving for retirement in your 20s is one of the smartest things you can do. Click through to see how it maximizes your retirement wealth.

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  • How to Create a Salary Budget

    This is not a task you can just "wing." Managers across all departments must work together for an overall salary plan. Click through for an introduction to taking charge of salaries, for the benefit of your business and your employees.

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  • The Ins and Outs of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

    It's one of the most potent tax breaks a company can get, encouraging it to hire people who typically have trouble getting work. Click through for an introduction to the complex rules.

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  • What Are Some Advantages of Lateral Moves?

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

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  • What Must You Disclose About Your Retirement Plan?

    Do you have a pension plan for your staff? If so, do you know what you must disclose to them? Click through to learn more about the regulations that govern retirement plan disclosures to make sure you're following the complex rules.

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  • How Do 125 Plans and HSAs Work Together?

    You want to choose employee benefit offerings so you can help your workers save money while at the same time you strengthen their loyalty to your business. Click through to see how Section 125 plans can work with HSAs.

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  • How to Organize Vacation and Sick Time

    Vacation and sick time are among the most popular and common benefits you can offer your workers. But you do have a system for offering these days off? Click through to learn how to set up a fair and logical time-off system.

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  • Offering Continuing Education to Your Staff

    One creative way to keep your staff loyal to your company and your business on the cutting edge? Continuing education. Click through to learn how it can improve your competitiveness by providing a great perk.

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  • The Different Types of Group Health Insurance Plans

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

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  • What's Up With the 'Cadillac Tax' Provision of the ACA?

    It's an oft-quoted provision of the ACA: the so-called Cadillac Tax. But what exactly does it mean? Click through to learn what the deal is, to separate the facts from the rumors.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Learning the FLSA Poster Rules

    Are you putting up the right posters for your employees? The government requires the FLSA minimum wage poster for virtually every employer. Click through to make sure you're in compliance.

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  • Top Concerns of Payroll Professionals

    As the year draws to a close, what are the major payroll concerns you should know about? Click through to see how to deal with minimum wage, shortfalls, direct vs. indirect tips, underreporting tips, and tax and compliance issues.

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  • Handling Employees Across State Lines

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

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  • How to Recruit the Best Staff

    You're looking for the best possible people who can fit within your culture and contribute to your company. Click through to see how this can be both a challenge and an opportunity.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • IRS Gives Break on Flexible Spending Plans

    The IRS has issued new guidance to grant increased flexibility on 125 cafeteria plans, health flexible spending arrangements and dependent care assistance programs. Click through to learn how to take advantage of the new rules.

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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 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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  • How to Calculate Paid Time Off for Commission-Only Employees

    Hard-and-fast rules often don’t apply when calculating vacation or paid time off for commission-only employees. Consequently, employers must determine the best calculation method. Click through for some guidance.

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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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  • 6 Important Payroll Reports to Run

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

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  • 6 Steps To Hiring H-1B Visa Workers

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

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  • Understanding Pre-Tax and After-Tax 401(k) Plans

    A recent study showed that when 401(k) plans are offered, about 90 percent of all employees who have the option to contribute do so. There is, however, an important difference between pre-tax and after-tax contributions. Click through to learn about this key distinction.

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  • Can I Modify an Employee's Time Sheet?

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

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  • Rules and Recommendations for Managing Holiday Pay

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

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  • What Benefits Will Attract the Best People?

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

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  • Your Guide to Local Income Taxes

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

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  • 3 Tips for Explaining Health Insurance to Your Employees

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

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  • Paying Extra: Guidance on the Overtime Exemption

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

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  • 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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  • Reap the Benefits of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

    The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers tax benefits for hiring people who fall within certain qualifying categories. This can be a big boon to companies and employers! Click through to learn the ins and outs.

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  • Do Employee Engagement Surveys Really Work?

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Federal Laws That Prohibit Job Discrimination

    Job discrimination has long been an issue, and the federal government has passed substantial legislation to address it. Are you fully in compliance? Click through for an annotated list of the major rules.

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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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  • DOL Compliance Tools You Don't Want to Miss

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

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  • FSAs and HSAs: Know the Differences

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

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

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

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  • All About Fringe Benefits and Taxes

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

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  • Feds Announce New ACA Numbers for 2020

    Every year, the federal government announces the ACA's affordability limits, employer penalties and out-of-pocket limits — and the numbers are in for 2020. Click through to see what has changed.

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  • 3 Steps to Giving a Raise

    You want to give deserving employees raises, to help ensure they stay with the company and to keep morale high. But how do you approach the task? Click through for insights into the process of deciding how much of a raise to give.

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  • Follow the Rules on the Final Paycheck

    Over time, employees will resign, retire or be laid off—and you will need to give them their final paychecks and you will need to do that right. Click through for an introduction to state and federal laws on final paychecks.

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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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  • 6 Important Payroll Reports to Run

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

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  • Is This Your Situation: Wondering Whether Your Payroll Company Can Handle Your 401(k)

    You want to offer the benefit of a 401(k) retirement plan but are turned off by the legal and fiduciary requirements. Your payroll bureau may be able to help. Click through to see if one company can manage payroll and 401(k) and check out how Benefit Providers can help you in doing so. http://www.benefitproviders.com/401k-plans/ 

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  • Tips for Tracking Employees' Hours

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

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  • Employee Benefits and Furloughs

    Unfortunately, furloughing or laying off employees as a result of the pandemic has become a reality for many businesses. This task is not always as simple as it may sound. Click through for the full story on the rules regarding certain employee benefits.

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  • What Is Full-Time Equivalent?

    For scheduling, budgeting or regulatory reasons, you may need to calculate the full-time equivalent of part-time employees. The calculations can be surprisingly complex. Click through for a primer to make sure you get the math right.

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  • How to Choose Employee Benefits

    To attract the best employees to your company, you need to provide them with the right incentives beyond their salary. Click through to learn more about choosing employee benefits packages that work.

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  • Can Employees Make FSA Contributions While on FMLA Leave?

    Employees on FMLA leave may want to keep funding their flexible spending accounts while away from work. But since the leave is unpaid, can they make contributions during that time? Click through to find out.

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  • 4 Open Enrollment Questions To Expect From Employees

    Studies show that employees are often confused about their health care benefits, and you need to be ready for this. Click through for four commonly asked questions at open enrollment time — and ideas on how to respond.

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  • Demystifying On-Call Pay

    The conditions surrounding on-call pay can be confusing, and employers often misunderstand them. It comes down to whether employees should be paid if they're required to be available while not working. Click through for an intro to the complex rules.

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  • DOL's Rules on Overtime Floor

    The DOL published new rules in 2019 that established a higher salary level below which employers must pay overtime. Click through to find out how these rules affect your company and what you need to do to comply.

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

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

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  • 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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  • Know the Tax Rules for Employee Loans

    Companies may allow workers to take a draw against commissions or give them some other form of salary advance. It's perfectly legal, but employers need to know the rules. Click through for the tax implications of employee loans.

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

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

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

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

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  • Overtime Pay: Beyond the 40-Hour Rule

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

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  • When Employees Cross State Lines

    Even small companies can find themselves with employees who have to commute across state borders to work. This can make payroll difficult. Click through for an introduction to the complex tax rules.

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  • Sick Leave Laws To Consider

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

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  • Jury Duty Leave: Your Payroll Responsibilities

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

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

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

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  • 3 Strategies for Preventing Workplace Harassment

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

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  • The Rules on Discussing Salaries

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

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  • 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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  • 6 Taxable Benefits To Boost Talent Attraction

    Employee benefits are a leading strategy for attracting and retaining talent. And to sign up the very best people, you need competitive benefits. Click through for six taxable benefits to beef up attraction and retention.

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  • Leave Rules on Caring for a Spouse, Child or Parent

    Employee leave comes in many forms, including family leave to care for a sick spouse, child or parent. With the pandemic, the need for family leave is more urgent than ever. Click through for a discussion of the rules.

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  • CARES Act Grants Breaks on Some Student Loans

    The CARES Act contains an important but little-known provision that grants a six-month relief period for most student borrowers. Click through to see how this program works and which students are eligible to take advantage of it.

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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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  • 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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  • Recognizing Signs of Depression in Your Employees

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Happy Independence Day! Wishing You a Sparkling 4th of July

    Wishing you a safe, fun and happy 4th of July! Freedom has its life in the hearts, actions and spirit of the American people. Click through for a special Independence Day greeting.

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  • Supreme Court Issues Historic Ruling on Gay and Transgender Workers

    In one of the most significant workplace rulings in years, the Supreme Court said that workplace protections outlined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply to gay and transgender workers. Click through to find out what it means for workers and employers.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Does Workers' Comp Cover COVID-19?

    The applicability of workers' comp programs to COVID-19 is one of the great legal and financial issues surrounding the pandemic — and there are no firm answers yet. Click through for insights into the current situation.

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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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  • The Key Steps Toward a Great Company Culture

    Everyone talks about the "company culture," but what does it really mean? It's worth thinking about, because it can mean a lot to the company, and whether it succeeds or fails. Click through for some insights into creating the right culture at your business.

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  • Providing Real Management for a Virtual Office

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

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  • An FMLA Questionnaire To Keep You Compliant

    The Family and Medical Leave Act is a sprawling piece of legislation that you'd be hard-pressed to keep up with without some type of checklist. Click through for a questionnaire to help you comply with this regulation.

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  • Merry Christmas! May the Joys of the Season be Yours

    Wishing you a season of light and peace! May you enjoy warm memories with your loved ones, and may the spirit of Christmas fill your hearts. Click through for a special greeting.

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  • Insurers Must Now Cover COVID-19 Tests

    The Biden-Harris administration is requiring insurers to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests. Click through to see how those with private health coverage can now get free tests.

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  • How To Choose a Financial Wellness Vendor

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

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  • Top Cybersecurity Issues For HR

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

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  • Disability Coverage 101 for Business Managers

    Health insurance is the benefit that gets all the attention, but disability insurance is just as important for many employees. Click through for an introduction to both long-term and short-term disability insurance.

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  • The Future of Work: Digital Transformation

    Digital transformation is impacting all aspects of our lives. The typical office worker is becoming a thing of the past. Click through to discover the future of work and your place in it.

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  • How to Dress for Success in Today's World

    In past generations, office wear was a simple proposition, but today, guidelines for proper clothes are all over the place. Click through for some thoughts on dressing for success in these confusing times.

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  • How to Approach Paid Time Off

    Few benefits are more common, or more prized, than time off for vacation, illness or other purpose, like personal days. Click through for some insights into the best ways to manage paid time off at your business.

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  • Why You Should Hire Retirees

    With the unemployment rate low, businesses should become more sophisticated and open-minded about whom they hire. Click through for some insights into why your company can benefit by hiring retirees.

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  • Form I-9: What's the Latest?

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Form I-9 back in 2017. Are you up to date with this important form? Click through to learn about the changes and how the new form differs from older versions.

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  • Should You Be Paying Bonuses to Your Staff?

    Bonuses are one of those benefits that everyone loves. But whom do you give them to and under what circumstances? Click through for the inside info on bonuses, to help you craft a policy at your company.

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  • Know the Tax Rules for Part-time or Seasonal Help

    From resorts during the summer to department stores in December, many businesses need to hire part-time and seasonal help. Click through to learn about the special tax rules for these kinds of staffers.

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  • How to Pick the Right 401(k) Provider

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

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  • Don't Ask Job Candidates These Questions!

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

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  • How to Hire Entry-level Employees

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

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  • Flexible Schedules: A Benefit for the 21st Century

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

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  • Are New Sick Leave Rules Coming to Your Area?

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

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  • 3 Ways To Prepare Your New Hires for Success

    New-hire turnover cuts into organizational profits and disrupts business performance. You can avoid these pitfalls by helping your new hires achieve their goals at work. Click through to learn how to keep staff for the long term.

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  • Are Robots Coming to HR?

    The need to focus on higher-value human resources tasks is fueling employer adoption of robotic process automation. But is RPA always the answer? Click through to learn what it means for the future of HR.

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  • How To Help Depressed Employees

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

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  • The End of the 40-Hour Workweek?

    Ever since we were students in classrooms, our days have been structured around eight-hour blocks. But does that make sense? Click through to enter a discussion on whether we can set our own schedules.

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  • Setting a Policy for Marijuana Use in the Workplace

    There are practical, legal and emotional concerns regarding the use of marijuana. How should workplaces address this rapidly changing and potentially polarizing topic? Click through for an overview of marijuana laws and suggestions for the best practices to call for in a professional setting.

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  • Encourage Your Employees To Review Federal Withholding Each Year

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

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  • Can You Be Exempt and Nonexempt at the Same Time?

    The Fair Labor Standards Act has two categories of employees: exempt and nonexempt. But can an employee have two jobs at a company, one in each category? Click through to see how the rules would work in this situation.

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  • Depositing and Reporting Employment Taxes

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

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  • The Pros and Cons of a Remote Office

    The pandemic has changed the way we think about remote work. Are you thinking of letting your employees continue to work from home even after offices open up? Click through to see why this benefit is not only trendy, but may even be a draw for workers.

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  • Voluntary Correction Programs for Benefit Plans

    If your employee benefit plan is not compliant with regulations, you could face audits and penalties. Click through to learn about voluntary correction programs that can help you avoid or minimize the consequences of noncompliance.

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  • Navigating Open Enrollment in the New Normal

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

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  • Exempt vs. Nonexempt: Where the Dividing Line Is

    There's a good chance that your organization employs both exempt and nonexempt employees. The line dividing them may be thin, but it's critical you keep the distinction clear. Click through to ensure that duties and compensation are assigned based on exemption status.

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  • Taxable and Nontaxable Employee Benefits

    Offering the right employee benefits can help employers attract and retain employees. Before deciding to offer a benefit to the workforce, however, it is important to understand the difference between taxable and nontaxable benefits. Click through for an overview of how benefits are taxed.

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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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  • How To Build Leadership

    A good leader sees the bigger picture, foreseeing problems before they occur. Can you develop this ability in your employees? Click through for tips on nurturing leaders in your firm, encouraging and training them to be their best.

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  • Remote Employees and Reimbursement

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

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  • Are You Worried About Inflation?

    Inflation can be difficult to deal with, no matter who you are. In fact, a term that is often used to talk about inflation is VUCA, which is an acronym for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Inflation is a challenging situation, but it's not an impossible one. Click through for tips on managing inflation on behalf of your company.

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  • New & Noteworthy

    Here are the latest developments in the personal finance, tax and business worlds. Click through for links to current reports from leading news sources. 

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  • 8 Types of Employee Recognition Awards

    Recognition awards are a great way to honor employees for their outstanding achievements at work. But which ones should you offer? Click through to learn the eight main types so you can decide which are right for your organization.

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  • What Is Employment Practices Liability Insurance?

    Employment-related claims can prove to be very costly for employers, and therefore you’ll have to protect yourself in a complex regulatory environment. Click through to see how employment practices liability insurance might be able to help you navigate the world of employment-related claims. 

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  • Wage Disclosure Laws: A Rising Trend

    A number of jurisdictions are prohibiting employers from withholding salary information from applicants and employees alike. Should you be making changes at your company when it comes to policies surrounding wage disclosure? Click through for more on how to respond to this trend as it continues to accelerate. 

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  • 3 Tips for Discussing Pay With Your Employees

    Talking about pay with employees can be uncomfortable — even for experienced managers. But if you plan it right, the talk can be profitable for both parties. Click through for strategies on navigating pay discussions with your staff.

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  • Where To Find Qualified Candidates With Disabilities

    Too few companies realize this, but by hiring people with disabilities, you can help fill your talent gap while strengthening the diversity of your workforce. Click through to see where to find this untapped talent.

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  • How To Avoid Workplace Retaliation Claims

    More than half of all charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal year 2020 were claims of workplace retaliation. It was a more common charge than claims of discrimination on the bases of disability, race and sex combined. Click through for tips on protecting your business from retaliation claims.

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  • How to Navigate Rehearsed Responses in Job Interviews

    During job interviews, some candidates may put on a show, where lines are rehearsed and the real self is blurred — making it hard to know whether they are a good fit. Click through for tips on penetrating rehearsed responses.

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  • What To Know About Fringe Benefits and Taxes

    When you provide workers with additional benefits on top of their regular pay, some may be taxable. As the rules can get complicated, it pays to familiarize yourself with the requirements. Click through for an overview of which benefits are taxable.

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  • 3 Signs You Have Outgrown Your HR Solution

    Is your HR software able to successfully meet the needs of your workforce management? For instance, your situation may have changed but you don't even realize that you are beyond due for an upgrade. Click through to read about the top three signs that signify it's time to revisit your HR technology.

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  • What Is a Hiring Freeze?

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

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  • Increase Diversity at Your Business

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

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  • 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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  • Flexible Work Is Key to Retention

    The traditional 9-to-5 job is getting rarer by the minute as employees clamor for flexible work. This new trend, if managed right, can benefit everyone. Click through to see how flexible work influences retention.

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  • Integrated Timekeeping: A Strategy for Preventing Payroll Errors

    Are you capturing your employees' time and processing their wages via separate systems? This is a recipe for payroll errors because the two systems need to communicate with each other. Click through to see how integrated timekeeping can help.

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