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May 6, 2019

The Small Business Guide to Hiring Without Asking for a Salary History

Recruiting talent for any size business can be a challenge in today’s marketplace. Adding to the stress in many states and localities are new laws that prohibit companies from asking candidates for their salary history. This new wave of legislation has many small companies confused: why would salary information be any more problematic than asking […]

2019 social security payroll tax cap

May 1, 2019

What the FICA? The Social Security Payroll Tax Cap for 2019

When it comes to running a small business, there are a million things on your plate and in your mind all the time, especially around the end of the year. And on top of throwing holiday office parties and navigating everyone’s time off requests, there still exist all of the regular day-to-day business operations that […]

self-employment tax 2019

April 25, 2019

What is Self-Employment Tax and What are The Rates for 2019?

If you work for yourself or have your own business, you are probably all too familiar with the headache that is filing your business taxes. On top of the fact that it can be complex to calculate them, it changes every year. Fortunately, if you have a plan in place, you can easily file your […]

new legislation could positively affect cannabis payroll

April 24, 2019

New Legislation to Potentially Support Cannabis Payroll Federally

Americans’ attitudes toward marijuana use are changing rapidly, and state laws are reflecting that reality. In 2019, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of Americans say that marijuana should be legalized. As luck would have it, many of them live in states where it has been. A total of 33 states allow medical marijuana use, and in […]

paid sick leave

April 24, 2019

Affluent Village Outside Chicago Drops Minimum Wage Increase, Adds Paid Sick Leave

The trend for states and localities to offer paid sick leave continues with Glenview, Illinois soon to join the ranks of those offering the popular form of leave. Beginning July 1 2019, the village, which is an affluent village located a few miles outside Chicago, will implement the paid sick leave guidelines of surrounding Cook […]

Minimum wage changes across the US

April 18, 2019

2019 Minimum Wage Changes in the United States

This year, several minimum wage increases are set to occur across the United States and your company might be affected. In total, 26 states, the District of Columbia, and 46 other localities were impacted by these changes and for many this is just the first of several increases that are scheduled to happen each following […]

new change to maryland minimum wage

April 12, 2019

Maryland Minimum Wage to Rise to $15 After Lawmakers Override Veto

In a move with a bit of legislative drama, Maryland legislators last month voted to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Maryland’s minimum wage in 2019 is $10.10 an hour. Companies with more than 15 workers will have to pay the higher entry-level wage by 2025. Companies with 14 or fewer employees […]

why its important to calculate gross to net pay

April 8, 2019

Do You Need to Calculate Gross to Net Pay?

Understanding the differences between gross pay and net pay are essential for employers and employees. Both parties must understand gross to net pay when establishing salary requirements, making hiring decisions, and negotiating an offer. What’s the difference between gross pay and net pay? When an employee accepts a new job offer, the negotiated salary is […]

401K company match limits 2019

April 3, 2019

401K Company Match Limits for 2019

A 401K is one of the most common types of employer-sponsored retirement accounts in the US, but it’s only one type of account, and not standardized across the country. Some employers give the option for employees to contribute part of their salaries to a 401K (up to a certain limit), while others entice you by also […]

what goes into a paystub?

April 1, 2019

What Goes Into a Paystub?

Employees might not think much of their paycheck stubs, but these receipts can be more valuable than they know. A paystub is the best proof of income, which lenders, creditors, government agencies, and other entities often require for loans, public assistance, and credit card applications.   But more importantly, a paystub holds a record of hours […]

payroll piggy bank

March 27, 2019

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 […]

female employee

March 26, 2019

How Did We Get Here? Solving the Gender Wage Gap

In light of women’s history month, we examined 2018 data from over 1,000 employees and owners of Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMBs), defined as having 11-500 employees. The results of this nationwide survey found an alarming 34% gap in pay between men and women — about 18% greater than the national average. Women working at […]