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3 Benefits of Outsourcing Payroll Taxes

Companies have a variety of responsibilities on their plate. From recruitment to retention and everything in between. Business leaders can’t let any obligations fall by the wayside without serious consequences for their organization and its employees. One of the...

Be on the Lookout for These Top 10 Workforce Trends in 2016

What trends are facing business owners and managers? What’s on the horizon for the year ahead? From technology improvements to personal time, workforce trends are constantly evolving.Human resource professionals must make a concerted effort to address every trend, so...

Q & A: What are the laws regarding cell phones at work?

What are the laws regarding cell phones at work? Personal use by our employees has gotten out of hand. Can we change our policy to say that cell phones are not permitted on the premises?  It can certainly be frustrating having employees on their phones frequently...

Using Big Business Tools Help Small Businesses Become More Efficient

When you run a small business, you have to be smart with every dollar you spend. Therefore, using some of the same tools and systems bigger companies use can help save money and increase profits. For instance, instead of writing a schedule by hand, it may be easier to...

Decreasing Square Footage Could Increase Your Profits

The same is true for both families and businesses: no matter how much money you pull in every month, overhead whittles it away to virtually nothing.In the Internet Age, the overhead associated with high employee costs, like space and equipment, should have disappeared...

OSHA 300 Requirement February Posting Requirements

The Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300) is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to classify work-related injuries and illnesses and to record the extent and severity of each case. Employers are required to complete...

ACA – No Answers Until The New Administration Begins to Legislate

ACA – No Answers Until The New Administration Begins to LegislateWe know that since 2010, the Affordable Care Act has insured more than 12 million Americans. Some of those covered are very happy and others are not. Regardless of this scenario, 2017 brings in a new...

Weapons| Open Carry in Texas | Employer Rights & Responsibilities

As of Jan. 1, 2016, handgun license holders in Texas may legally carry their guns in visible holsters on their hip or shoulder. Previously, license holders were required to carry their guns in a concealed manner.Employers, however, can still prohibit firearms in the...

Time is Money: Prevent Time Theft, Rounding and Supervisor Fraud

Both you and your employee’s time is valuable to the company in terms of productivity and the salary earned, but sometimes you end up paying people more money than their time is worth.When an employee punches in or out too early, this is called time fraud. While it...

Consequences of Failing to Pay Payroll Taxes

When looking at their paychecks, employees may be confused by the number of taxes and withholdings they see. Companies are responsible for ensuring the appropriate amounts are removed each month and appropriately accounted for. These payroll taxes can be somewhat...

Change Management: The Top Three Issues Affecting Your Business

Change is one of those things that is much easier said than done. For most managers, change looks good on paper, but in reality, it can be a real headache.Change management is just what it sounds like – it is all about how you manage new ideas, new processes or...

Minimum Wage Increases Nationally & Paid Sick Leave Trends

Minimum Wage IncreasesJanuary 1st saw the minimum wage increase in 14 states: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia. This summer will see minimum...

Marijuana and the Workplace

While 23 states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized marijuana for medicinal use—with four states and DC legalizing recreational use—the sale and use of the drug remains illegal at the federal level. Understandably, the discrepancies between state and...

All that is left is art

... If you aren't a creator, an artist, or an entertainer, eventually you will be replaced by a machine.  I'm sitting 30,000 feet above the gulf of Mexico in a metal tube traveling through the sky at 500 miles per hour.As Louis C.K. the comedian said so famously,...

1094 & 1095 Reporting Requirements Extended

IRS Extends Employer Mandate Reporting Deadlines After considering feedback from private sector businesses and insurers, the IRS has extended the deadlines for reporting 2015 information under the Affordable Care Act.Employers now have until March 31 (previously...

IRS Extends Reporting Deadlines for 2015 ACA Forms

On Monday, December 28, 2015, the IRS released Notice 2016-4 extending the due dates on the 2015 information reporting requirements for Affordable Care Act (ACA) Forms 1095-B and 1095-C.  The new due date for furnishing these forms to individuals is now March 31,...

FSA, HSA, and 401(k) Contribution Limits in 2016

The IRS has announced the annual dollar limit on contributions for health care flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and 401(k) accounts based on cost of living adjustments (COLAs). These limits are reviewed annually by the IRS. For the...

Penalty You’ll Pay if You Don’t Have Health Insurance

If you can afford health insurance but choose not to buy it, you must pay a fee called the individual shared responsibility payment. (The fee is sometimes called the "penalty," "fine," or "individual mandate.") You owe the fee for any month you, your spouse, or your...

Which Employers Need to be Prepared to Issue 1095-C’s in January 2016?

It's confusing to say the least.  We're getting lots of calls on this topic.  Most payroll companies have cut off taking on reporting of new clients for ACA tracking purposes because of overload and timing and have even turned their own clients away who didn't sign up...

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