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December 17, 2018

Here’s the Ultimate Tool for Tax Compliance in 2019

I’m not a compliance expert, financial analyst, or tax advisor. I am a 30-year-old entrepreneur navigating the business world, attempting to get ahead in life by building new businesses and hopefully discovering that pot of gold along the way that leaves me happily retired. Sound familiar? If you’re one of the more than 25 million […]

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legislative changes lead to new marijuana laws in these states

December 17, 2018

What Do the New Marijuana Laws Mean for Small Businesses in Michigan, Utah, and Missouri?

State by state, the use of cannabis for medical and recreational use is popping up on ballots, and one by one, marijuana laws are changing. Although still illegal at the Federal level, marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes is now legal in about half of US states. This past November, voters added three more […]

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marijuana in the workplace policy

December 13, 2018

Should Your Company Have a Marijuana in the Workplace Policy? Use this Map of New State Marijuana Laws.

Cultures change. And when cultures shift, so do laws and so do workplaces. The legalization of marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes in individual states across the country is an example of a cultural shift — one that is likely to impact workplaces. However, many small business owners and HR professionals are grappling with how […]

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off boarding employees

December 13, 2018

Off Boarding: Ensuring a Smooth Transition

Does your organization have an effective off boarding process? 86 percent of IT leaders say they don’t. Here’s what you need to know to ensure a smooth transition. Why does off boarding matter? If your organization doesn’t have an airtight off boarding strategy, you could be risking your company’s reputation and financial health. Forgetting to […]

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voters increase arkansas minimum wage

December 10, 2018

Voters Pass Bill to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage

Arkansas businesses could be handing out larger checks to minimum wage workers come Jan. 1, 2019. On November 11, voters approved a bill to increase the Arkansas minimum wage from $8.50 an hour to $9.25 starting Jan. 1, 2019. The wage will increase to $10 on Jan. 1, 2020 and again to $11 on Jan. […]

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Can I offer cash in lieu of benefits?

December 6, 2018

Can Employers Offer Cash in Lieu of Benefits?

Offering health insurance to employees is a great way to provide value and retain a skilled workforce. But since offering high-quality health insurance can be extremely expensive, some employers may consider offering cash in lieu of benefits– that is, instead of offering traditional health insurance packages. But is this really the easier route? Here’s what […]

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new trends in data regarding sexual harassment in the workplace

December 5, 2018

Data Show New Trends in Workplace Sexual Harassment Reports

Employers have a legal obligation to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. If you allow your employees to work in a hostile environment where they experience or witness aggressive, unwanted sexual advances, or they have to endure sexually suggestive jokes and behaviors, you are violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. […]

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what does pregnancy discrimination look like in the workplace

December 3, 2018

What Business Owners Should Know about Pregnancy Discrimination

A police chief relegates all pregnant officers to “desk duty” during their third trimesters. A supervisor repeatedly teases his pregnant employee about the size of her belly. A business owner won’t hire young women for jobs that require extensive travel because they might soon have children and become unable to fulfill those responsibilities. All of […]

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What is casdi?

December 3, 2018

California Business Owners Need to Know: What is CASDI?

Paperwork seems to magically pile up when you’re a small business owner, especially when it comes to taxes (and then even further compounded if you live in California). One tricky thing that tends to trip up small businesses in California is CASDI, sometimes spelled CA-SDI, which stands for California State Disability Insurance. Whether you’ve got employees […]

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What to know about Missouri's new minimum wage law

December 3, 2018

What is Missouri’s New Minimum Wage Law?

Missouri voters recently endorsed a higher entry wage for workers. On Nov. 11, Missouri voters approved an increase of the state’s $7.85 an hour minimum wage to $12 an hour over the next five years. The minimum wage will jump to $8.60 in January 2019. It will gradually increase by 25 cents per year until […]

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Colorados new online sales tax rule

November 29, 2018

What Colorado’s New Online Sales Tax Rule Means for Small Businesses

For online retailers, the holiday season is the busiest time of year. That’s great for businesses who look forward to end-of-year sales to bring them into the black. But this December, a barrage of customers won’t be the only thing keeping companies busy. If your online business sells to customers in Colorado, you’ll have to […]

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If you're not an ALE, you'll want to know about Form 1095-B

November 27, 2018

Are You Considered an ALE? If Not, You’ll Want to Know About Form 1095-B

An Applicable Large Employer (ALE) is defined as an organization with 50 or more full-time employees. An ALE is required by law to offer health insurance to full-time staff. Organizations of this size who fail to provide the required benefits are subject to penalties by the IRS. If you’re a small business with less than […]

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