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Does Employee Training Time Affect Payroll?

Tax Time Already? Check Your W-4 Now, Avoid Surprises Later

 

A (Benefit) Package Deal: Attract Talent You Need with Perks They Want

With unemployment at 3.9 percent in July 2018, it’s clearly a job candidate’s market. If you can find qualified candidates, they’re probably considering several employment options. While competitive salaries are still crucial, the benefits you offer are growing in importance. According to research by Glassdoor, “57 percent of US job candidates say benefits and perks are among the top things they consider when accepting a job offer.”

Why Us?! Preparing for a Workers Compensation Audit

Most people think of the US Internal Revenue Service when they hear the word audit, but there are other types of audits that affect your business. Let’s look at what employers need to know about workers compensation insurance audits.


Is There More to the Millennial Employee Story?

By now most of us know the Millennial generation is the largest portion of the US workforce. And their numbers are only going to grow as Baby Boomers and even Generation X workers age and retire in ever-greater numbers.

Unpacking Benefits: What One Millennial Really Wants

As a millennial who has just graduated from college and been through the job search process, I’ve realized a few things about which company benefits are truly important. Throughout my four years as a business student, I’ve heard some big talk about the amazing benefits at companies such as Google and the studies that prove their effectiveness. All of this buzz gave me extremely unrealistic expectations. Sure, companies like Google exist and yes, the studies don’t lie. Offering employees unlimited vacations, nap pods, free food, on-site medical facilities and a plethora of other extreme benefits does affect employee happiness and productivity. However, the expectation that every company can provide the same benefits as Google is absurd. The reality is that while many companies may want to offer their employees all these benefits, the price tag is far too high. I learned this quickly in my job search and my priorities shifted. While flashy benefits would be amazing, I came to understand that the benefits that are most rewarding and beneficial are the ones that help me save money and plan for my future.

FMLA: Are You Covered? Are Your Employees Eligible?

Work-life balance is a popular topic. Many employers realize their employees need time for hobbies, family and personal matters, and just a break from work. Flexible schedules, working remotely and generous paid time off policies go a long way toward meeting these needs. After all, an employee with time to attend to life outside work is more likely to be productive and focused on the job.

The Ins and Outs of Vacation for Exempt Employees

Summer is here and that means employees are making vacation plans. While your hourly employees,  non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), don’t get paid for hours they don’t work, it’s a little more complicated for exempt employees. What happens if they don’t have enough paid time off banked to cover their vacation? What if someone wants to take a half day off the last day before they leave for a trip? Do you have to pay your salaried employees even though your office will be closed on July 4? It’s enough to tempt you to extend your own vacation indefinitely!

It’s Always the Right Time to Watch for Time Card Falsification

As an employer, you know the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires you to track how long your hourly employees work and what they earn. How you do it, though, is up to you.

Each method has its share of pitfalls:

  • Hand-written timesheets - One of the oldest methods, completed by either the employee or the employer. Of course, it’s not too hard to alter a document like this, or to question legibility of the numbers.
  • Punch clocks – Harder to alter by hand, but in many cases there’s little to keep a co-worker from punching in or out for someone else, commonly called “buddy punching.”
  • Computerized and biometric timekeeping – These simplify tracking and reporting data, and it’s pretty hard to fake out a fingerprint scanner. But, they can’t prevent employees from clocking in on time and making personal phone calls or surfing the web instead of starting work. And it may still be possible to enter unauthorized overtime.

The Buck Stops … Where? Understanding Co-Employment

 

In 2016, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman petitioned the state’s Supreme Court, alleging that Domino’s Pizza was a joint employer and therefore liable for “systematic underpayment” of employees at three franchises. Schneiderman says Domino’s violated New York’s Franchise Sales Act by requiring franchisees to use software known to under-calculate  wages. The franchisees settled in 2017, but Domino’s Corporate remains the sole defendant. Schneiderman claims “Domino's was heavily involved in the employment practices of the three franchisees and, as a result, is a joint employer of the workers at the franchisees' stores and is responsible for underpaid wages to these workers,” reports Long Island.com.

Exempt vs Non-exempt: New FLSA Final Rule in the Making

If you follow labor news and legislation (and what smart business leader doesn’t?), you may have noticed the recent lack of headlines about the FLSA Final Rule. Announced in May 2016 under the Obama Department of Labor (DOL), the Final Rule raised the salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime from $23,600.00 annually (or $455.00 per week) to $47,476.00 annually (or $913.00 per week). This was the first threshold adjustment since 2004. The threshold is one of the keys to determining if employees are exempt from overtime.

Don’t Trip on the Threshold! Which Laws Apply Once You Have 15 Employees?


Congratulations! Your business has grown to 15 employees! Since your very first hires you’ve complied with labor laws like the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Equal Pay Act and, if you provide benefits, HIPPA. But did you know that 15 employees is a threshold for additional labor law requirements? Here’s what you need to know.

Toss the Schedule Spreadsheet, Watch Your Shop Floor Excel

Your top performer on a critical workstation just called in sick. If you can’t get the shift covered you won’t complete an order for your important new client, and you’re barely keeping up as it is. Which of your employees is available on short notice AND trained on the equipment?

It’s Phishing Season: Don’t Take the Bait

We've blogged on phishing before, but it's time for a refresh. In 2017 the IRS received approximately 900 complaints about phishing and suspected scams. That’s up from about 100 in 2016, and the number is expected to grow again in 2018. According to the IRS, in 2017 “more than 200 employers were victimized, which translated into hundreds of thousands of employees who had their identities compromised.” Don’t let your company be the next victim.

Fight Workplace Harassment, Encourage Safety, Respect

As you've probably heard, sexual harassment is making headlines. Men and women, from Hollywood stars to everyday people, are speaking out - and perpetrators are facing hefty consequences. No complaints at your company? Don’t breathe a sigh of relief quite yet; just because you haven’t heard about harassment at work doesn’t mean it’s not there. Make no mistake, harassment encompasses far more than dirty jokes or unwanted advances. You should know all the forms of harassing behavior, what to do about them and how to promote a workplace culture that doesn’t tolerate them.

Help Wanted? Here’s How to Find Qualified Candidates

Like many U.S. employers, you may be looking to fill or create new jobs.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are 5.9 million U.S. job openings as of November 2017. But with millions seeking employment, how can you reach qualified candidates?

Absenteeism: A Symptom You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Employee absences are inevitable.  Scheduled or not, legitimate or not, absences mean less work completed as time and money go to paid sick time and overtime, picking up the slack, training a sub, or bringing in a temp. And don’t forget “soft” costs like increased workload, coworker resentment and reduced productivity. Absenteeism may be an unavoidable part of life at work, but it can be managed. The time you spend tracking attendance helps you find ways to improve it. Besides, what you learn about your employees’ absenteeism could be like the canary in the coalmine – a sign that something else is wrong.

Stop Terminating Your Employees (Until You’ve Read Our Essential Guide)

It’s inevitable. The employee you thought would rocket to the top of your corporate ladder has been consistently slipping. Performance is taking a nosedive and careless mistakes are adding up. Eventually, it becomes clear you can’t fix this problem employee. You’ll have to let them go.

Taxes, Wages and ACA Compliance:  Don’t Drop the Ball in the New Year

 

2018 is coming fast!  Are you paying attention to the changes and deadlines that are right around the corner? Our tips will help you navigate changes to tax and wage rates and stay compliant with the Affordable Care Act. 

End Your HR Year by Setting Up 2018 for Success

Ask anyone who works in human resources about the signs of autumn - chances are, leaf colors and pumpkin spice beverages aren't at the top of the list. In the HR world, open enrollment, preparing form 1095-C and setting up next year’s payroll schedule are really what signal that fall is here. There’s paperwork to file (or e-file), employee data to verify and did we mention the deadlines? It can make for a hectic time with lots of projects to keep track of. Read on to stay organized and manage the chaos.