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reported, unreported, and allocated tips

January 23, 2019

Reported, Unreported, and Allocated Tips

If you work in the foodservice industry or receive tips from customers, you’re most likely familiar with reported, unreported, and allocated tips. As a brief refresher, reported tips are earned directly from customers through credit card charges or cash payments and reported to the employer. These tips are easy to track if paid via credit […]

Cities with the highest salaries

January 23, 2019

20 US Cities With the Highest Salaries

Ever been curious about the US cities with the highest salaries? Perhaps unsurprisingly, salaries range widely from location to location, making one’s home address arguably more important than one’s qualified skillset in terms of earnings potential. The national average salary, calculated across all occupations and all regions, is $50,620. But if you want to make more […]

wage garnishments- credit card debt

January 22, 2019

5 Types of Wage Garnishments

Government agencies and court orders can require employers to garnish an employee’s wages to collect unpaid debts or financial responsibility. Federal and state tax agencies will impose a levy on an employee’s wages for outstanding tax balances. There are five types of wage garnishments that employers can receive. Federal Wage Garnishments Wage garnishments are ranked […]

benefits of a new payroll system

January 17, 2019

2019 is the Year of the Payroll Solution

A new year means a lot of new regulations for small business owners. From minimum wage increases to disability calculations and a changing definition of independent contractors, payroll just got a lot more complicated. That’s why 2019 is the year of the payroll system solution. All of the business-related changes can be a lot to keep up with, especially when […]

what small businesses need to know about california payroll tax

January 16, 2019

California Payroll Tax: What Employers Need to Know

Congratulations! You’ve reached the point in your small business where you’re ready to hire your very first employee (or employees!). However, now is also the time that you have to get familiar with payroll taxes, something you’ll either have to pay or withhold from you employee’s checks and send into the government on their behalf. […]

How to handle compensation comparison

January 16, 2019

Best Practices for Compensation Comparison

Whether you’re a business owner looking to hire or a worker hunting for a job, one word is at the top of your mind: salary. For employers, compensation comparison can feel a bit intimidating. How do you know if you’re offering the right salary? And how do you keep your employees’ salaries correct down the […]

401k discrimination testing

January 15, 2019

What is 401k Discrimination Testing?

Every year, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires employers to undergo 401k discrimination testing to ensure plans are not discriminating against lower-income employees. This testing is usually performed by a third-party administrator, but employers should still understand the basics of how this testing works. The following questions will help you get to know […]

legalities of wage garnishments

January 14, 2019

The Legalities of Wage Garnishments

Wage garnishments are court orders that require a business to deduct, or garnish, an employee’s wages in order to pay a debt. When a judgment has been entered by a court or government agency, business is notified and must comply. Money is deducted from the employee’s wages and paid it directly to the debtor. Today, […]

pay transparency policies

January 10, 2019

How to Build a Company Around Pay Transparency

You’ve heard the buzz about companies large and small that publish employee’s wages in an effort to be transparent and validate wage equity. There are success stories and failures amidst the practice. Some research suggests wage transparency sparks productivity and drives employees to work harder and attain more goals. Determining whether pay transparency is right […]

what is an erisa qualified plan?

January 9, 2019

What is an ERISA Qualified Plan?

ERISA is an acronym frequently thrown around in the world of HR, but what does it mean? ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The law sets the standards for pension and Welfare plans to protect employees and their beneficiaries. Many employees are unsure how an ERISA  applies to them, as there are many […]

what is compensation management

January 8, 2019

What is Compensation Management?

One of the main benefits of a good compensation management system is pay equity, but there are ample other benefits, like aiding in budget creation, attracting recruits, reducing turnover, and more. It’s important for business owners and HR leaders to know how compensation management works, the benefits, and what to consider before investing in an […]

what is payroll?

December 27, 2018

What is Payroll? A Guide to the Modern Payroll System.

A good payroll system is comprised of many components– but at its core, what is payroll? Payroll refers to a company’s roster of employees and the total wages they are to be paid. Although the definition is simple, managing the process as an HR professional is quite complex. There’s a lot to keep track of, […]