Dan Marzullo

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Dan Marzullo

As a professional copywriter, Dan produces strategic marketing content for startups, digital agencies, and established brands. He helps organizations tell stories, achieve online presence, and builds brands that communicate with their customers. Dan is also a regular contributor to Forbes. He started writing after his first professional role as a health promotions coordinator for a local family physicians office.

difference between independent contractors and employees

January 14, 2019

The Difference Between Independent Contractors and Employees

The difference between independent contractors and employees is more than just a label. There are important legal and project considerations when determining how to categorize a worker. This classification is important for a number of reasons, from worker efficiency to avoiding misclassification penalties. Here’s what you need to know before adding either to your small […]

Whats the definition of a highly compensated employee?

January 11, 2019

What’s the Definition of a Highly Compensated Employee?

There are several differences between highly compensated employees (HCEs) and non-highly compensated employees (NHCEs). It’s important for HR professionals to understand the definition of a highly compensated employee for tax reasons, benefits, and legal purposes. So, what exactly is an HCE? The definition states that it’s an employee who meets one of the following scenarios: […]

Job offer letter samples and templates

January 10, 2019

Hiring? Use These Job Offer Letter Samples and Templates

A strong job offer letter is the first step in a successful recruitment process and creating a qualified workforce. It’s important for employers to map out a process for creating written offers and communication materials for prospective candidates and new hires. Failing to do so could result in losing top talent due to unorganized processes […]

employee classification

January 9, 2019

Avoiding Employee Misclassification: The Difference Between Exempt and Nonexempt

Employee classification can be difficult, and there are several differences between exempt and non-exempt employees. Should you be tracking hours and paying overtime? Is a base salary all that I need to offer? If you don’t take the time to classify an employee correctly, you could face some hefty penalties. Learn how to assign the proper […]

what is an erisa qualified plan?

January 9, 2019

What is an ERISA Qualified Plan?

ERISA is an acronym frequently thrown around in the world of HR, but what does it mean? ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The law sets the standards for pension and Welfare plans to protect employees and their beneficiaries. Many employees are unsure how an ERISA  applies to them, as there are many […]

what is compensation management

January 8, 2019

What is Compensation Management?

One of the main benefits of a good compensation management system is pay equity, but there are ample other benefits, like aiding in budget creation, attracting recruits, reducing turnover, and more. It’s important for business owners and HR leaders to know how compensation management works, the benefits, and what to consider before investing in an […]

independent contractor misclassification penalties

January 8, 2019

What are the Independent Contractor Misclassification Penalties?

As a small business, have you ever struggled to classify your workers? Hiring decisions are difficult, especially when you’re unsure which type of employment relationship best suits your work. You may be thinking about bringing on an independent contractor if you don’t require full-time support. On the other hand, it might make more sense to […]

Michigans new sick leave law

January 7, 2019

New Michigan Sick Leave Law Starts March 2019

As of March 2019, Michigan will be the first-ever state to institute a paid sick leave mandate. This Act will have a significant impact on the state’s employers in terms of payroll costs, benefits, and hiring decisions. The local chamber of commerce describes the new Michigan sick leave law as “the most punitive and aggressive […]

Should your company be using an HRMS?

January 4, 2019

Should My Company Be Using an HRMS?

A Human Resource Management System (HRMS) is designed to help businesses and HR professionals integrate all of their tools and processes into one easy-to-use system. Leading a workforce comes with several tasks, such as payroll, performance management, onboarding, scheduling, and more. Separately managing each of these responsibilities is a recipe for disaster. What can an […]

the new 2019 health fsa contribution limit

January 3, 2019

The New 2019 Health FSA Contribution Limit

The new 2019 health FSA contribution limit has been announced. Take a look at the new regulations, how they’ve changed from last year, and the benefits of opening an FSA account versus an HSA account. 2019 Health FSA Contribution Limit For 2019, the FSA contribution cap is rising to $2,700. The IRS announced the increase in […]

New california sexual harassment training regulations

January 2, 2019

What to Know about the New California Sexual Harassment Training Regulations

Do you conduct business in the state of California? If so, listen up! Due to recent legislation, California businesses have a deadline of January 1, 2020, to enstate new sexual harassment policies. The change to the policy includes a new requirement for sexual harassment training. Read on to learn how to create a successful California […]

what is payroll?

December 27, 2018

What is Payroll? A Guide to the Modern Payroll System.

A good payroll system is comprised of many components– but at its core, what is payroll? Payroll refers to a company’s roster of employees and the total wages they are to be paid. Although the definition is simple, managing the process as an HR professional is quite complex. There’s a lot to keep track of, […]