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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

calendar extensions from IRS form 8809

November 26, 2018

Everything You Should Know about IRS Form 8809

Managing all the taxes, withholdings, and paperwork for your employees can be a hassle, especially if you’re a new or very small business. However, there is one quick solution that can help make the whole process a bit easier: Gaining a basic understanding of the forms that are relevant to you and your business. One form […]

Michelles law effects working students

November 20, 2018

What is Michelle’s Law?

Hiring your first few employees is a major milestone. And while it’s an exciting time, it can also be stressful to navigate the rules that regulate employment in the United States– trust us, there are a lot of them. From health benefits and sexual harassment laws to payroll taxes, there’s a lot to keep track of. And these are all complicated […]

owner's draw in a small flower shop

November 8, 2018

The Skinny on Owner’s Draw for Small Business

What’s an “owner’s draw” and how does it work to benefit the business and the owner? Owner’s draw, or simply draw, is money taken out of the business to pay or repay the owner – either for work performed or for funds provided to get the business started or keep it going. Most small businesses […]

what the affordable care act means for small businesses

November 5, 2018

What is the State of the Affordable Care Act for Small Businesses?

Most of the news once surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, was about Republican lawmakers looking to repeal the law and Democratic lawmakers holding firm to preserve it. The law’s constitutionality is expected to be challenged again at some time in the not-so-distant future. But for now, much […]

How are disability payments calculated?

November 2, 2018

How are Disability Payments Calculated?

Despite the importance and prevalence of disability payments, many employers are still uncertain as to how these payments work. This is particularly true because payments and what qualifying factors change over time. Here’s what all employers should know about how disability payments are calculated. How are disability payments calculated? Contrary to what many employers and […]


November 1, 2018

As Regions Implement Sick Leave Laws, Small Businesses See “Huge Learning Curve”

When Minneapolis passed a paid sick leave ordinance, it sought to fill a gap for local workers. There’s no federal legal requirement for private companies to provide paid sick leave, and as much as 28% of workers don’t have paid sick leave. But nearly a year and half after the ordinance went into effect, several […]