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September 7, 2018

The Payroll Setup Checklist: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Between browsing different platforms, managing your employee data, and conducting the appropriate research, the process of switching payroll services or starting a new one has a lot of moving parts. What do I need to know to stay compliant? What information is absolutely necessary for me to provide? Is this what’s best for my employees? We’re […]


September 4, 2018

4 Supplemental Payroll Examples Small Businesses Should Know

Not every employee is the same. Similarly, not every item in an employee’s payroll will be the same– particularly when it comes to the complexities of supplemental payroll. Supplemental wages are part of an employee’s compensation that doesn’t fit into their normal wages. The types of compensation that can be categorized as supplemental payroll are […]

What is a 5498-SA tax form?

August 31, 2018

What is a 5498-SA Tax Form?

Ok—your first fiscal year as a small business is complete! While there are certainly plenty of celebrations to be had, there’s going to be a bit of work in regards to managing all the IRS reporting you’ll have to complete on behalf of your employees when tax time rolls around. One thing that many new […]

healthy lifestyle for open enrollment

August 29, 2018

Everything You Need to Know for Open Enrollment 2019

Open enrollment 2019 is just around the corner, which means it’s time to check in with your current health insurance status. While we’re still squarely in 2018, enrollment for the coming year is just around the corner.  Whether you’re buying for an individual or a family, here’s everything you need to know about open enrollment […]

helmet of an independent contractor

August 22, 2018

Is the Definition of Independent Contractor Changing?

California made headlines recently when the state’s top court changed the guidelines that apply to independent contractors, creating more stringent rules for when and how employers can classify a worker as an independent contractor. The ruling was the result of a lawsuit filed against package and document delivery service, Dynamex. In 2004, the company converted […]

how to classify different types of employment

August 20, 2018

The Types of Employment: A Quick Reference Guide

In a labor market that’s become more complex, employers could have as many as six or seven classifications of workers onboard at any given time. Working alongside full-time, part-time and temporary workers are seasonal and contingent workers. By hiring different types of workers, organizations can adjust their staffing needs according to economic fluctuations and peak […]

employer identification number

August 13, 2018

The Small Business Guide to Employer Identification Numbers

Your dream of opening a small business requires all the usual first steps: choosing a name for your business, registering the business with your state, deciding how you want your business structured for filing taxes, opening a business bank account and, finally, “hanging up your shingle.” But after registering your business, the next important step […]

Critical dates Open Enrollment 2018

August 7, 2018

The Most Important Dates for Open Enrollment 2018

As you prepare for the upcoming Open Enrollment for reviewing your health care benefits, there are several important dates to remember and some changes to the plans you may want to consider. For many small businesses and the self-employed, healthcare options and requirements has been a quagmire of choices and penalties over the past few […]

offer letter templates

August 2, 2018

What Goes In an Offer Letter from Employer to Employee

Unless you’re a sole proprietor and determined to stay that way, every small business eventually gets to the point of needing to hire staff. If you use an offer letter you’ve received in the past, that strategy really only works if you’re still in the same industry and even then it might be a stretch. […]


July 26, 2018

How to Get Reimbursing Employee Expenses Right

Business expenses are often paid for by employees, then reimbursed by the company. These reimbursements have can have significant tax implications for the company and the staff member, so making sure you have a comprehensive reimbursement plan in place is important. Continue reading for how to go about reimbursing employee expenses correctly.  Creating a Reimbursement Policy […]

workplace safety programs

July 24, 2018

The 411 on Workplace Safety Programs

A proper workplace safety program can ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of everyone on your staff. Here’s how to protect your company’s reputation and prevent costly mishaps through a dedicated workplace safety program. What is Workplace Safety? Workplace safety is a broad term that can vary greatly depending on the job at hand. On […]


July 20, 2018

Decoding Federal Payroll Tax

Everyone remembers the excitement of getting their first check only to wonder where all the money went. Taxes can take a generous portion of a person’s earnings, and federal payroll tax can be difficult to figure out. The Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or FICA, is a federal law that requires three different taxes to be […]