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September 20, 2018

So You Want to Change Your Vacation Policy

Many small businesses offer paid time off for vacations, sick leave, and other reasons. PTO is a popular benefit. In fact, you may have a hard time attracting qualified workers if you don’t have a vacation policy that incorporates at least some PTO and sick leave in your compensation package. But perhaps you already know […]

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parental leave as a type of employee leave- new parents with child

September 19, 2018

Taking Employee Leave from Work? Here’s What You Need to Know

When employees have pressing issues in their personal lives, a break from work may be the only solution. There are many types of employee leave, some mandated by law, others offered as a company benefit.  But all are seen as an important attraction and retention tool for employers. Managing employee leave requires a basic understanding […]

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what are the differences between a roth vs. traditional IRA?

September 19, 2018

What Are The Differences in a Roth vs. Traditional IRA?

When it comes to managing your retirement savings, the choices you make now might seem inconsequential, but they can (and probably will) have some major ramifications down the road. Whether you’re just launching a retirement savings plan or you’re at a crossroads trying to decide where to put your money moving forward, here’s the basic […]

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father and son with fsa dependent care

September 18, 2018

What is FSA Dependent Care?

With open enrollment nearing for many employees and employers, FSAs will be on the minds of workers. And when it comes to employees with kids or elderly parents to care for, information about FSA dependent care expenses is crucial. This article provides a deep dive into FSA dependent care and what’s involved. What’s an FSA […]

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sunscreen is an FSA eligible expense

September 17, 2018

49 Surprisingly Eligible FSA Expenses

If your employer offers a flexible spending account (FSA) as a fringe benefit, you probably already know that it is an easy way to save a little money on healthcare. An FSA is a special account in which employees can deposit pre-tax dollars. You can then use that money to pay for certain out-of-pocket healthcare […]

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fringe benefits and the IRS commuter rule

September 14, 2018

The IRS Commuter Rule You Need to Know

The IRS Commuter rule provides certain opportunities for employees to earn deductions from work-related driving. However, there are fairly strict rules regarding what can actually be deducted – and what can’t. What else qualifies for an official deduction under the IRS commuter rule, you ask? We’ll answer all those questions for you below! What is […]

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how to recognize ageism in the workplace

September 12, 2018

Ageism in the Workplace

Whether your workforce is comprised of seasoned employees in their 50s and 60s or those under 25, ageism can exist anywhere. Age discrimination is typically directed towards those in an extreme age group– that is, recent college graduates or older employees nearing the end of their careers. You know you are promoting or allowing ageism […]

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how to create a performance management system

September 11, 2018

How to Construct the Perfect Performance Management System

You’ve started your own company after decades of dreaming about it. You’ve assembled a dream team and have begun raking in sales numbers like you’ve never dreamed of. Everything seems to be going along just fine until one of your employees starts to slack. His numbers drop and you must decide to either correct the […]

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How to handle when an employee is called for jury duty

September 10, 2018

How Do I Handle Employee Jury Duty?

Jury duty is an important civic responsibility, but it can be extremely inconvenient for both employer and employee. After all, what if your employee is gone for an extended period of time– weeks, months, over a year? Are there certain policies and procedures to follow for employee jury duty? Here’s how to create a policy that addresses […]

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the new tax plan affects commuter benefits

September 10, 2018

The New Tax Plan Changed the Math for Commuter Benefits. Will Employers Keep Them?

Kyle Asman was excited to offer commuter benefits to his small team when he launched his new company in January. And it was little surprise that 10 out of the 15 employees at Bx3 Capital, a financial advisory firm, took advantage of the perk. The company is in New York City, after all, a land of […]

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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 […]

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what fringe benefits are taxable?

September 7, 2018

Are Fringe Benefits Taxable?

From paid vacations to company laptops, fringe benefits exist to reward employees for their hard work on the job and make your organization more attractive to job candidates. But as an employer, it’s important to understand how to provide these benefits legally. Here’s what you should know about providing and taxing fringe benefits in your […]

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