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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 […]

map of the minimum wage changes

July 17, 2018

Here are the 2018 Minimum Wage Changes for Small Businesses

On July 1st of this year, nineteen minimum wage increases occurred across the United States and your company might be affected. In total, two states, the District of Columbia, and sixteen other localities were impacted by these changes and for many, this is just the first of several increases that are scheduled to be implemented […]

stack of money for compenasation plan

July 12, 2018

When Creating the Perfect Compensation Plan Salary is Just the Beginning

Crafting or updating a compensation plan can be daunting for small to midsized business, but whether you have one or not, it’s important to align with prevailing conditions. To attract and retain talent in a tight applicant market, it’s crucial to create a structured compensation strategy or update your current plan to meet demand. What […]

stacks of employee records

July 2, 2018

The Small Business Guide to Employee Records

If you’re thinking about tossing out that personnel file on the employee who quit last week, hold off. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires you to keep all employee records for a year. And if you terminate someone, you must keep the employee’s personnel records for a year from the termination date.  Companies […]

what is Erisa?

June 28, 2018

What is the ERISA Law?

ERISA is a popular acronym, but few know how it applies to them as employees. ERISA, which stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, became law in 1974. The law sets standards for pension and welfare plans to protect employees and their beneficiaries, safeguarding any employer-sponsored plan. If the employer/employee contributes in any fashion, […]

paid or unpaid interns

June 21, 2018

Is Your Unpaid Internship Legal? An Employer’s Guide

With the summer approaching, companies are gearing up to invite students and recent graduates to join their ranks as interns. While internships can be valuable learning experiences for new workers, many employers are unsure if — or what — they should pay these incoming workers. Employers often assume that internships are unpaid, but this practice […]

ABC test for contractors

June 19, 2018

What the ABC Test Means for the Gig Economy: An Interview with Alan Benson

The California Supreme Court, on April 30, issued a ruling to adopt a standard, called the “ABC test,” to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The ABC test has three requirements to prove workers are contractors The worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in […]

stack of payroll taxes

June 18, 2018

A Reference Guide to Employer Payroll Taxes for Small Businesses

For business, payroll taxes are a constant, regardless of how your revenue ebbs and flows. For everyone receiving a paycheck, you need to properly calculate and pay employee/employer deductions in a timely manner to stay ahead of the IRS. Businesses must submit payments for withholding taxes either monthly or semi-monthly, depending on the size of […]

lifeguard and other seasonal employees

June 13, 2018

A Quick Checklist for Hiring Seasonal Employees

Summer is here, and many businesses need to hire seasonal employees. As the beaches get crowded and tourist spots heat up, the seasonal workers arrive as a force, preparing meals, running registers, taking reservations, and countless other jobs. In particular, teens step in to fill these temporary positions. Based on data from the Bureau of […]

independent contractor hats

May 30, 2018

The Employer’s Guide to Independent Contractors Vs. Employees

As businesses grow, staffing needs increase. Should an organization hire an employee or independent contractor? An independent contractor may feel like a part of the team. And their independent status doesn’t mean they can’t — or shouldn’t — be a major contributor to the company’s goals and culture. But there are important distinctions between an […]

ABC test for contractors "ABC"

May 24, 2018

What is the ABC test for contractors?

The ABC test is a new process for identifying and categorizing independent contractors. It was named such for its three-pronged definition (prongs A, B, and C) of a contractor. According to this test, workers will only be legally categorized as contractors if they meet the following: That the worker is free from the control and […]