Apr 29 2016

Employers often wonder if they are required to reimburse employees for mileage. 

If we go by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the answer is no - the FLSA does not explicity require employers to reimburse employees for mileage (although the state of California does require it).

Even though mileage reimbursement is not required by federal law, most employers choose to do so anyway. It's an attractive benefit and, for employees who do a lot of driving like deliverymen and salespeople, an expected benefit.

Apr 13 2016

There's not much to love about taxes. 

Tax credits are a different story, though. Especially tax credits that save your business money when you hire certain employees. 

Basically, that's the idea behind the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) - a federal tax credit for employers who hire and retain individuals from certain target groups.

Read on to find out why employers love the WOTC:

Mar 14 2016

A new employee’s first day of work can be just as hectic for you as it is for them.

But a well-written and thorough employee handbook will make it easier for both of you, and help start your new hires off on sound footing.

Here’s a list of 5 items that should feature prominently in your employee handbook:

Feb 24 2016

In our imagination, online hackers assume many thrilling forms. 

Like international shadow-organizations pulling digital strings. Or James Bond villains seizing control of the Internet. 

Of course, the reality isn't nearly as cinematic.

But it'd be a big mistake to assume that smaller organizations and regular folks running their businesses aren’t targeted as well – even if by less outrageous figures than James Bond villains.

Online payroll and HR makes work ten times simpler for you and your employees. But as we both know, the personal and financial information involved makes security ten times more important.

One prominent security safeguard CheckWriters has instituted platform-wide to protect you against the bad guys is two-factor authentication, or 2FA.

Feb 05 2016

"Equal pay for equal work" is more than just a political rallying cry.

On January 29, 2016, President Obama took executive action to require businesses with 100 or more employees to report employee wage and hour information broken down by gender, race, and ethnicity. This action will manifest in the form of new Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) reporting requirements.

Jan 19 2016

It's lunchtime. She's been at work since 7 AM. 

She'd like nothing better than to take a much-needed lunch - perhaps at that new sushi place down the street?                                 

But there's no time.

Instead she takes 10 minutes to eat a half-flattened peanut butter sandwich while sending off a few work-related emails.

Now that’s a dedicated employee, right?

The big problem with the above scenario – other than the flattened sandwich – is it’s likely to land the employer in trouble eventually for a few reasons.

When it comes to employee rest and meal breaks, you need to balance both federal and state guidelines to make sure your organization isn’t hit with a lawsuit.

Dec 21 2015

Americans tip often. 

But it wasn't always this way. 

In fact, we copied the idea of tipping. During the Gilded Age, wealthy Americans traveled to Europe and witnessed aristocrats tipping wait staff.

Not to be outdone, these Americans came home and began doling-out tips like Dukes and Duchesses (anti-tipping campaigns even sprang up that labeled the practice demeaning to workers)!

Now, tipping is entrenched in American culture as well as our minimum wage laws: owners know that in most states, they can pay a tipped employee a lower wage as long as that employee’s tips supplement their income enough to equal at least the state hourly minimum wage.

But just like the regular minimum wage, the minimum wage for tipped employees is on the rise.

Nov 02 2015

Under the ACA, Applicable Large Employers – or those with 50 or more full-time employees or equivalents – must file information returns with the IRS as well as distribute copies of the returns to their full-time workers.

You may have heard this referred to as Sections 6055 and 6056 reporting, a reference to those sections of the Internal Revenue Code that require Applicable Large Employers to complete and submit IRS Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.

Let’s take a look at the differences between ACA Forms 1094-C and 1095-C:

Oct 22 2015

Do you know what the first minimum wage was?

Twenty-five cents.

Yes, a quarter (although 75 years ago when the minimum wage was introduced, a quarter was worth about $4 in today's money).

Of course, we live in a different world now – and a much different economy.

And one question lurking in the minds of many employers is “where is the minimum wage headed?”

Below are the latest minimum wage trends in the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Oct 08 2015

UPDATE: In December 2015, President Obama signed a law that delayed the Cadillac Tax until at least 2020. Click here for more details. This blog post was written before the delay was signed, but still contains useful information on the tax and its potential effects on business.

Think about the word “Cadillac.”

What sort of adjectives come to mind?

Probably ones like “luxury,” “high-end,” and “expensive.”

So a tax on health care plans named after a fancy car would probably apply to… fancy health care plans. Right?

Well, that’s how the ACA High-Cost Plan Tax – or Cadillac Tax, as it’s come to be known – was envisioned. It was supposed to be a tax on only the fanciest of health plans. 

But left unchanged, the Cadillac Tax will affect a lot more businesses than originally thought.