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:
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?
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.
Even if you didn't have to comply with the ACA last year, there's one question you need to ask yourself every year.
Am I an Applicable Large Employer (ALE)?
Of course, the answer to this question depends on the size of your workforce in the previous year - which, for most businesses, varies! That's why you need to look at your workforce every year in order to determine whether you're an ALE. Because if the answer is yes, you'll need to comply with the law to avoid costly penalties and fines.
Soon, CheckWriters will unveil a new menu for HRCheck, our all-in-one payroll and HR software.
Everything you love about HRCheck is still easily accessible from one, central location. And now, a clean and simplified menu with larger text allows for easier navigation and a streamlined look and feel.
“One nice aspect of this new design is that the menu can be collapsed to allow more space for page content. This is especially useful when using our Free-Form Scheduling calendar and Timesheet Management pages that utilize the entire window’s real estate,” said Justin Friend, the lead designer on the project. This latest release from our Development Team comes following user input as well as consultation with HR professionals.