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4 Steps to Take Before Working From Home

During difficult times, such as bad weather, caring for a family member, or a pandemic such as COVID-19, working from home can become an imperative need for an employee. To help companies prepare to work from home, here are four essential steps that will keep employees and companies safe and compliant.

COVID-19 Requires New Leave Policies

During this crucial time, the FFCRA will provide paid sick leave to employees who meet certain requirements.

The Revised Form I-9

In October of 2019, the Office of Management and Budget approved the minor changes on the new version of the Form I-9. On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the new Form I-9. They instructed employers to begin using this version at their earliest convenience; however, on May 1, 2020, the new Form I-9 is the only acceptable form for submission.

New Minimum Wage Rates for 2020

In a recent chart created by ADP, minimum wages changes are recorded based on state and local criteria as well as company size, type of work, and tipped or non-tipped employees.

New Wage Base Limits are Set for 2020

In 2020, the base will rise to $137,700. When the wage base increases to $137,700, the maximum contributions payable by an employee and their employer will increase to $8,537.40 per year, equivalent to 6.2% of the wage base.

Colorado Allows Local Minimum Wage Increase

The State of Colorado recently passed House Bill 1210 to allow local governments to increase the local minimum wage under certain restrictions. Many states prohibit local governments from increasing local minimum wage. House Bill 1210 may encourage other states to follow suit.

Continue Use of Current Form I-9

The USCIS stated that until further notice, employers should continue using the current Form I-9 even after the expiration date of August 31, has passed.

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

Massachusetts, as well as a few other states, is implementing the PFML without an existing temporary disability insurance infrastructure already established. Implementing and finalizing the program is a big task for any state.

Protect Your Company and Employees from Unemployment Insurance Fraud

Unemployment insurance fraud and identity theft is a severe situation that can happen in a many ways.

Connecticut Becomes the 7th State to Implement Paid Leave

On June 25th, Governor Ted Lamont signed the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Act making Connecticut the seventh state to pass PFML.

Federal and State Paid Leave Policies

A handful of states have passed their own paid family leave programs. A recent report shows the differences between the State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Laws.

What Are Leased Employees?

Leased employees come from Professional Employer Organization's and provide administrative support to a client company.

What is the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act?

The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) provides the state with guidance on unlawful wage discrimination practices and more.

Why Human Resources, Finance, and Payroll Must Work Together

A lack of cross-departmental collaboration among HR, finance, and payroll can negatively impact employee engagement and satisfaction on two levels - this is why human resources, payroll, and finance must work together.

A Closer Look at Hire Date vs. Start Date

Hire date is normally the date when an employee first completes his or her new hire paperwork and start date is when someone begins working at a company.

A Glimpse at the 2018 Labor Market

The 2018 labor market is ripe with economic growth and declining unemployment figures.

How An Old Fable Is Transforming Employment Law

When it comes the Family Medical and Leave Act, the old fable "the cat’s paw theory" applies when a biased employee with no decision-making authority uses a supervisor as a ruse to trigger discriminatory employment action.

Oregon Becomes First State to Enact Predictive Scheduling

Predictive scheduling in Oregon means all hourly employees must receive a written version of their schedules at least seven days in advance.

Blockchain's Potential Impact on HR and Payroll

Blockchain is a secured decentralized way of storing information, which is helpful for the sensitive information that payroll and HR contains.

How Many Working Days Are In A Year?

In the U.S., the average amount of working days in one year is 260.

New Hire Requirements by State

Each state has its own paperwork to fill out when hiring a new employee; some more than others.

Did You Use Your Vacation Time? [Infographic]

Americans leave a lot of their vacation time unused - more than any other established country in the world.

Everything You Should Know About Form I-9

Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification documents each new hire’s authorization to work in the U.S. - citizen or non-citizen.

Professional Employer Organizations vs. Administrative Service Organizations

PEOs and ASOs both outsource human resource and payroll tasks to take the burden off a client company.

Compressed Workweeks: What You Should Know

A compressed workweek is a way for full-time exempt and non-exempt employees to work their 40 hours in less than five working days.

These Two Tests Will Determine If Your Employee is Really An Independent Contractor

The common law test and the reasonable basis test can help you determine if your new hire is an employee or an independent contractor.

Statutory Employees vs. Statutory Non-employees

A statutory employee is a special type of worker whose wages are not subject to federal income tax withholding but are subject to FICA (Social Security and Medicare) and FUTA (unemployment) taxes.

Americans Are Not Using Their Vacation Days

Vacation days are the second most important workplace benefit to American workers, just behind good healthcare.

Tips On Managing A Mobile Workforce

Managing a mobile workforce can be challenging. Here are some tips on how to do so effectively.

What Are Census Designated Places and Why Are They Important To Human Resources and Payroll?

Census designated places are important to human resources because they can provide information on employee residence and offer the correct payroll withholding information.

Industry Impacts of the Minimum Wage

An increase in the minimum wage would stimulate the economy twofold: by increasing firms’ productivity and by increasing economic activity.

The Case Of Unpaid Internships

Learn more about what constitutes an unpaid internship.

Combating W-2 Tax Fraud

With The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, the IRS is continuing to combat tax fraud – specifically that revolving around the W-2.

Is Working From Home All It's Cracked-Up To Be?

Working as a remote employee has its disadvantages and advantages.

Businesses Response to Holiday Demand: Seasonal Workers

Job search websites like Indeed have become an indispensable tool for businesses to advertise their seasonal openings, which consist of more than lower-level sales positions.

Have You Considered Hiring A Boomerang Employee?

Workers who leave a job just to come back are adeptly known as “boomerang” employees.

'Tis the Season for Open Enrollment

There are four methods that satisfy the open enrollment application process.

Where Do Employers Provide Paid Sick Leave?

What happens when an employee gets sick? It depends where the business is located.

What to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act

In 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against a qualified person with a disability.

The Federal Minimum Wage Does More Than Just Float Through the 2016 Political Stratosphere

As the 2016 presidential election heightens, so does the debate centered around raising the federal minimum wage.

Understanding and Avoiding Employee Turnover

Avoiding employee turnover can impact company culture - not to mention make your payroll taxes a lot more daunting.

Key Information on Professional Employer Organizations

A professional employer organization (PEO) is a company that serves as an outsourced human resources department for small and midsize businesses.

How To Know If You're a Joint Employer

Joint employment specifically occurs when a person is employed by multiple employers who are all equally responsible to treat that person with compliance.

What To Consider with Tuition Reimbursement

How does tuition reimbursement affect payroll?

Taxing and Reporting the Personal Use of Employer-Provided Vehicles

How to tax and report the personal use of employer-provided vehicles.

The Breakdown of Qualified Moving Expenses

What are qualified moving expenses? This type of fringe benefit can get complicated...

The Pros and Cons to Allowing Employees to Work from Home

What are the pros and cons of working from home? Find out in this article.

Family and Medical Leave Act: How It Works

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), established in 1993, protects individuals who need time off from their jobs for their own medical issues or close family members.

Snow Days, Hurricanes, and Payroll

How do natural disasters affect payroll?

Tax Scams To Look Out For in 2016

It’s the beginning of tax season, and with it comes veritable stress, including scams.

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