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Scrap Everything You Knew About Withholding Allowances: The New W-4 Form Is Here

Have you just started getting acclimated to the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? You may have the updates to the tax withholding tables down pat, but there’s another curveball coming each employer’s way. The long-awaited new W-4 form is here to shake up how you handle income tax withholding.

Unpaid Time Off: Policy, Payroll, and Beyond

When it comes to private industry workers, 73% have access to paid sick leave and 79% have access to paid vacation time. But, what happens if you can’t afford to offer paid time off (PTO) to your employees? Or, what if your employees use up all of their PTO and need to take time off from work? For either of these situations, you may consider offering unpaid time off.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Hiring Family Members

It’s not unheard of for business owners to hire their family members. In fact, approximately 90% of U.S. businesses are family-owned or controlled. With so many other businesses hiring relatives, you might be itching to do the same.

Before hiring family members, find out your employer obligations, steps to onboard a relative, and the pros and cons of working with family.

Everything You Need to Know About IRS Form W-2

If you have employees, you are responsible for many tasks like running payroll, withholding payroll taxes, and distributing IRS Form W-2.

As you might know by now, Form W-2 can be uber confusing. Who receives a form? Where do you send it? When is it due? Get the answers to these questions and more by reading up on IRS Form W-2 below.

The DOL New Overtime Rule and How it Will Affect Your Business

Starting in January 2020, 1.3 million more Americans will be eligible for overtime pay, thanks to the DOL new overtime rule. The Department of Labor announced its final rule on the new FLSA salary threshold on September 24, 2019.

What California AB 5 Means for the Gig Economy and Beyond

In 2018, California came up with the ABC test to determine whether an employer could classify a worker as an independent contractor. And in September 2019, the court approved the new California AB 5 (Assembly Bill No. 5) to push the ABC test’s effects into motion.

End the Year Right With This Year-end Payroll Checklist

One year is ending and another is beginning. It’s a time for wrapping tasks up and starting new things—including your payroll. At the end and beginning of each year, there are certain payroll requirements you must complete. To help you stay on top of your responsibilities, use a year-end payroll checklist.

With This Guide, You’ll Be a Reference Check Pro in No Time

As an employer, you’re responsible for going through the hiring process and finding top-notch employees who fit in with your work culture. But to do that, you have to do a little homework.

Many businesses use a reference check to dive deeper into an applicant’s employment past and find out if they’re fit for the job. But if you want to become a reference check pro, you need to learn how to do a reference check and what to ask references.

Family Taxation: Are You Legally Taxing Your Loved Ones?

Approximately 90% of small businesses are either family-owned or run by family members. If your business falls into the majority, you’ve likely hired a few (or more than a few) family members to work at your company.

If you employ relatives, you need to make sure you’re staying legally compliant and taxing them correctly. Otherwise, you could wind up with some penalties and tax issues down the road. Read on to learn about family taxation and how to remain legally compliant when taxing your family members.

ICHRA, Health Insurance Alternative for All Businesses, Rolling Out in 2020

You may be familiar with health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), but how much do you know about the ICHRA coming in January 2020? For many small business employers, this new Individual Coverage HRA is a game-changer.

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