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How to Avoid Identity Theft

As our digital footprint expands, concerns of identity theft become more commonplace both at home and at work. In response to this, data protection is now a top priority for families and businesses. The Insurance Information Institute reported 14.4 million victims of identity theft in 2018. Though this was a decrease from the year before—of 16.7 million in 2017—identity theft is still a major issue in the majority of consumer’s lives.

Do Any of These Scenarios Describe Your Payroll Situation?

It’s tax time, you probably have a payroll cycle ending soon, and don’t forget those redesigned W-4s you’re getting questions about. While you’re at it, have you noted any state or local minimum wage changes for this year? If you’re lucky, you have it all under control, but if not, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Making Sense of Industry 4.0

You’ve probably heard of Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Often accompanied by tech buzzwords about optimizing production, becoming more agile, and predictive analytics, the term comes from a manufacturing strategy developed by the German government to increase computerization in factories. Digital automation in industry and manufacturing has also been discussed at the well-known German trade and technology show Hannover Messe since the early 2010’s.

What Is a PEO and Is It Right for You?

 

A Professional Employer Organization, or PEO, specializes in ubiquitous HR tasks like payroll, tax filings, benefits and retirement package administration, and more. Some companies turn to them to outsource this work so they can focus on growing their business, especially if they lack the internal expertise or the funds to hire dedicated HR staff. In fact, the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) says 175,000 small and mid-sized businesses currently work with a PEO, which represents about 15% of employers with 10 to 99 employees.

From Opening Day to the Playoffs: Managing an MiLB Seasonal Workforce

"It is a worker's market," said Jocelyn Mangan (Chief Operating Officer of online employment platform at Snagajob) to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). "Employers are having to work harder."

Why? For one thing, unemployment is historically low, just 3.7 percent. That means job seekers have many options to consider. And they are taking this opportunity to comparison shop and influence the job market.

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.

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.

Strong US Economy Heading into Q4

In July the Dow hit a record high of 22,000 and it continues to climb as 2017 rolls on. While the stock market is volatile and influenced by many factors, the Dow's continued growth is one sign that the economy is strong. Here are a few other key indicators that are looking up as the US heads into Q4, indicators every employer should be familiar with.

When Is An Independent Contractor Really An Employee?

In our blog last week, we explored the general problem of employee misclassification.  This week we're taking a closer look at independent contractor versus employee status.

Employee Social Media Posts: Should You Go There?

 

“Social media has irreparably blurred the line between one’s personal persona and one’s professional persona,” says Jon Hyman in Workforce magazine. If you consider that a recent Pew Research Center survey of 1,520 U.S. adults that found 79% of those online use Facebook, 24% use Twitter and 29% use LinkedIn, chances are pretty good that most of your employees are active on one or more social media platform. What does that mean for you, the employer?

What At-Will Employment Really Means

 

At-will employment basically means that the employer or the employee can terminate their relationship at any time, for any reason. 

What this says versus what it really means often leads to misunderstanding among employers. Does this mean you can arbitrarily fire an employee without documentation, without a reason? Nope. And even if you document every detail, it still may not land in your favor.

Hire Interns Without Taxing Your HR Resources

 

Creating a strong internship program is advantageous for any organization, big or small, and internships benefit both the employer and intern. That's right - internship programs aren't just for large corporations. Regardless, many employers shy away from hiring interns due to the temporary nature of their employment and the onboarding/offboarding work involved. Let’s examine why internships are important and how to more easily navigate temporary employee statuses.

Horizon Payroll Heading to Minor League Baseball Trade Show™ in Maryland Dec. 4-8

2016 Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Tradeshow™

Horizon Payroll Solutions will be participating in the 51st annual Baseball Tradeshow™ at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor, Maryland. The show offers 2 1//2 days of networking opportunities with baseball teams across the country. Horizon Payroll Solutions is happy to have the opportunity to showcase how our payroll and HR services can save baseball teams time and money when managing the complexities of a seasonal workforce.

C Corp, S Corp or LLC? Business Basics

There's so much to think about when running (or considering to run) a business. Location, staffing, regulations, competition...as business owners know, the list goes on and on. But what about your business type, also known more officially as "entity?" It may be something you haven't considered, but it effects your bottom line and much more. Before starting or buying an existing business, you should be familiar with the following terms. It may save you in the long run.