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May 24, 2019

What are the Pros and Cons to a Contingent Workforce for Small Business?

Need some extra help on a big project? Looking for someone to lighten the load? A contingent workforce is a cost-effective way for small businesses to make the most of their manpower. What is considered a Contingent Worker? A contingent worker is a temporary outsourced employee,  such as a freelancer, contractor, or consultant. They can […]


May 16, 2019

New Mexico Employers See Wave of Employment Law Changes in June

A wave of changes to employment laws will impact businesses in New Mexico. Robust legislative action means big changes at the workplaces in the “Land of Enchantement.” The changes include limiting what employers can ask about an applicant’s criminal history, leave requirements for caregivers and new wage protections for domestic workers. New Mexico’s governor also […]

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May 15, 2019

Everything You Need to Know for Open Enrollment 2020

Open enrollment 2020 is nearing. That means it’s time to check in with your current health insurance status. While we’re still squarely in 2019, it’s never too early to get prepared, know the dates—and plan.  Whether you’re buying for an individual or a family, here’s everything you need to know about open enrollment 2020 from […]


May 14, 2019

What is Bereavement Leave? A Quick Guide

The only things certain in life are death and taxes–and business owners must deal with both. When it comes to dealing with the issue of death in the workplace, bereavement leave can be an emotional issue, so it’s important to have a clear understanding of what it is and the federal and state laws that […]


May 13, 2019

Kentucky Pregnant Workers Law Goes Into Effect on June 27

Balancing pregnancy and the responsibilities of work is tough. Yet, many working pregnant women are reluctant to ask for accommodations that will make their job easier, fearing reprisal from their employers. One estimate states that more than a quarter-million women workers in the U.S. have been denied requested pregnancy accommodations. As a result, some states […]


May 8, 2019

The Essentials of the Small Business Employee Handbook

What’s the point of an employee handbook? Isn’t it just a collection of documents everyone will ignore? It shouldn’t be. A thoughtful employee handbook is critical when you’re onboarding new hires. And the best company handbooks are an invaluable reference point for employees throughout their tenure at your business. Many people might think that small […]


May 3, 2019

Do Employers Have to Pay for Unused Vacation Time?

When it comes to vacation, employers often have several questions. “How much should time off should I offer?” “Is it time to update our vacation policy?” “Will I need to pay out any unused vacation time?” If you’re puzzled, you’re not alone. Rules and regulations around paid time off generally — and paid vacation more […]

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May 1, 2019

Washington DC Payroll Taxes for Paid Parental and Sick Leave Kicks in July 1

Private employers in the District of Columbia will soon begin paying an additional payroll tax to pay for the District’s “Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016.” The act allows workers to start claiming benefits in July 2020. The District will begin collecting on July 1, 2019 the quarterly payroll tax that will fund the […]

2019 social security payroll tax cap

May 1, 2019

What the FICA? The Social Security Payroll Tax Cap for 2019

When it comes to running a small business, there are a million things on your plate and in your mind all the time, especially around the end of the year. And on top of throwing holiday office parties and navigating everyone’s time off requests, there still exist all of the regular day-to-day business operations that […]

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April 26, 2019

New York Employers Now Must Offer 3 Hours of Paid Voting Leave

Election Day 2020 is just around the corner and that means brushing up on election labor laws. While federal law doesn’t require employers to give their workers time off to vote, many states do. Before next November, review your state and local laws now to get policies in place that ensure you’re compliant with any […]

Small Business Hiring Credits

April 25, 2019

Do You Know About these 13 Small Business Hiring and Tax Credits?

Tax credits provided by the federal government are a great incentive for small and medium business to hire and retain talent. For businesses interested in helping workers who have faced challenges getting back on the payroll, there are a variety of tax credits and incentives available to help. The best place to start is with […]

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April 25, 2019

What is Self-Employment Tax and What are The Rates for 2019?

If you work for yourself or have your own business, you are probably all too familiar with the headache that is filing your business taxes. On top of the fact that it can be complex to calculate them, it changes every year. Fortunately, if you have a plan in place, you can easily file your […]