May 09 2017

Here’s a quick look at the latest ACA news.

On May 4th, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It does a few big things of interest to employers:


May 02 2017

"Vacation shaming” is spreading across the country just in time for beach weather.

According to the 2017 Alamo Family Vacation Survey, nearly half of all American workers report feeling “vacation shamed” – being made to feel shame or guilt by co-workers for taking a vacation.

But good bosses and managers know – hopefully from experience but also from statistics and research on the subject – that “unplugging” every so often allows you to recharge and return to work with increased energy and motivation.

Here’s why empowering your employees to take time-off is a good thing (plus, a few pointers on how to build a company culture and implement tools that make it easier).

Mar 29 2017

As of yet, the ACA has neither been repealed nor replaced.

This reality comes after much speculation that many of the ACA’s most unpopular provisions would be on the chopping block during the first weeks of the new administration.

For employers, it means one thing: continued compliance with the ACA’s tracking and reporting obligations for employers with 50 or more full-time employees or equivalents.

Mar 16 2017

It’s a great time to be a small business.

If you’re an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees or equivalents, there’s a new law that passed just a few months ago that allows you to fund employee Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) in lieu of offering a group health plan.

The 21st Century Cures Act – which passed with bipartisan support in December 2016 – creates a new type of HRA called the Small Business HRA. For qualified employers, Small Business HRAs can provide tax benefits for both employer and employee as well as offer greater flexibility and choice for workers.

Is a Small Business HRA right for your business?

Mar 09 2017

On March 1, thousands of independent school leaders, staff, and educators gathered in Baltimore for the annual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Conference.

Representatives from CheckWriters’ Sales, Marketing, and Human Resources teams were thrilled to exhibit at the event.

It was a great opportunity to interact with attendees and learn more about the top issues school leaders care about and the technology solutions that can make their jobs easier (particularly in the business office!).

Here are two of our top takeaways from the workshops we attended:

Feb 27 2017

It’s easy to list the benefits of Paperless Payroll and HR.

But it's hard to see how they can directly impact your job.

After all, saying goodbye to check stubs and having all your employees access their pay data from their smartphone sounds amazing.

But what about the dozen employees who insist on a printed check, don’t have access to a computer, or are otherwise change-resistant?

Let’s tell a story:

Feb 16 2017

Employers need to double-check that new hires are filling out the latest version of the Form I-9.

The revised I-9 had to be in use beginning January 21, 2017.

While there are no changes affecting the regulations or deadline, there are some structural changes to the form that employers should be aware of.


Jan 30 2017

Do you have employees who serve food and drinks, open doors, carry luggage, clean hotel rooms, or provide other services?

If so, they’re likely presented with tips from all your happy customers.

And as the employer of workers who receive tips as a significant portion of their income, you’re allowed to pay tipped employees a lower direct wage – as long as the employee’s tips combined with their direct wage equals at least the minimum wage in your state.

But what happens when your tipped employees work overtime?

Jan 24 2017

What makes for a great smartphone app?

We think it’s a quick and easy login.

That’s why CheckWriters' new employee app – HRCheck Employee – saves your login information so you and your employees get convenient access to pay data and info on the go.

Dec 21 2016

While the federal minimum wage rate will not change in 2017, there are a number of local minimum wage increases set to take effect for the new year. Some states, like Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maine, Arizona, Colorado, and Washington state will see significant increases to the minimum wage.

It’s important for you to monitor minimum wage increases in your state. It’s equally important for some employers – like those in the restaurant industry – to monitor the minimum wage increases for tipped employees.