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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 […]

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May 23, 2018

Employee Handbook Examples You Should Steal From

If you haven’t spent time designing an employee handbook yet– you’re not alone. An employee handbook can be incredibly useful in building a positive workplace culture and employee loyalty, but they’re not easy to write. That’s why we’re breaking down the process for you and offering you six employee handbook examples. Often having an employee handbook […]

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May 21, 2018

What Millennial Employees Really Want from HR Software

If you were expecting a trickle of millennial employees entering the workforce, you were wrong. It’s more like a tidal wave. As of last year, millennial employees officially comprise the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. It’s no wonder so many small business owners and HR departments are diving deep to understand what makes this […]

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May 21, 2018

Paid Time Off Policies: 5 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know

As a small business owner, you may wonder about your rights and obligations as well as popular trends when it comes to paid time off policies (or PTO).   Am I required to offer it? And if so, just how much paid time off are my employees entitled to? What are other companies of my […]

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Understanding your W2 forms

May 21, 2018

Decoding Your W2 Forms | Part 2: Boxes 10 through 20

While tax forms and laws continue to evolve, the W2 form is one piece of the process that has stayed relatively consistent. In part 1 of this two-part series, I attempted to demystify the W2 forms by exploring and explaining boxes 1 through 9.  Let’s continue this exploration by reviewing the rest of the W2 […]

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May 18, 2018

What Goes In a New Hire Welcome Email [Template]

Growing your team is an exciting time for the business. You’re adding talent, striving for bigger goals, and building even greater camaraderie. But it can also be a stressful time if you don’t have the right tools in place to welcome a new employee. In order to commence a stellar onboarding process, it’s important that […]

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May 17, 2018

What Small Business CEOs Need to Know About Employer Payroll Taxes

Nothing about small business is small. The work is constant, the goals can be daunting, and the administrative tasks are endless. Employer payroll taxes are no exception. This can feel particularly true when it comes to understanding employer payroll taxes. Like just about anything in life, there is virtually no compensation without taxation. For small […]

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May 17, 2018

How to Drive Employee Engagement

Whether you’re entering a new day, new week, new month, year or business quarter, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as having a “tabula rasa”. The opportunity to move forward with a blank canvas and reflect on both your business achievements and areas if opportunity only comes as often as you’d like it to, so why […]

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May 16, 2018

What You Need to Know About California’s New ABC Contractor Law

While there is is no federal definition of what constitutes an independent contractor, each state has different regulations surrounding the term. Recently, California has established a new law, which narrows its definition of an independent contractor, helping to cut a clearer line between that and a full-time employee. Here’s what you need to know about […]

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May 15, 2018

How to Ask the Right Employee Engagement Survey Questions [A Guide]

Nebulous. Impossible to measure. Hard to influence. These are a few ways some employers think about managing employee engagement. But it shouldn’t be this way. An engaged workforce is consistently linked to profit, customer satisfaction and employee retention rates. In fact, Gallup reports that subtle differences in employee engagement can result in 21% greater profitability. Understanding […]

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May 10, 2018

What You Should Know About Flexible Paid Time Off

One thing that every business with employees (aka practically all businesses) will have to contend with is crafting a paid time off, or PTO, policy. In recent years, flexible paid time off policies—aka policies that allow employees to take time off when they need it for increasingly varied reasons—have stormed onto the scene. But if […]

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May 9, 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 […]

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