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  • What California AB 5 Means for the Gig Economy and Beyond

    posted by Rachel Blakely-Gray
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  • 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.

    What’s the Deal With NJ Transit Benefits?

    If you’re an employer, chances are at least one of your employees has to commute to get to your business for work. And if your business is smack dab in the middle of a big city (e.g., New York City), those chances increase.

    According to one source, 76% of individuals drive themselves to work every day. And, only 9% of people carpool with another individual.

    What Are Excepted Benefits, and Should You Offer Them to Employees?

    Navigating through the waters of health insurance coverage is tricky. You might be wondering, Do employers have to offer health insurance? Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees to provide health insurance, no employer has to offer excepted benefits.

    What Is Self-employment Tax?

    Are you self-employed? If so, you better keep reading. Self-employed individuals must pay a unique payroll tax called self-employment tax. What is self-employment tax?

    Can You Spot the Differences Between Back Pay vs. Retro Pay?

    Everybody makes mistakes. And if you’re an employer, you’ve probably made (or will make) a payroll mistake at some point. If you make a mistake or forget to pay an employee certain wages (e.g., bonus), you might need to provide retroactive or back pay.

    Read on to get the scoop on back pay vs. retro pay and whether or not you’re responsible for providing them to your employees.

    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.

    What’s the Deal With NJ Transit Benefits?

    If you’re an employer, chances are at least one of your employees has to commute to get to your business for work. And if your business is smack dab in the middle of a big city (e.g., New York City), those chances increase.

    According to one source, 76% of individuals drive themselves to work every day. And, only 9% of people carpool with another individual.

    What Are Excepted Benefits, and Should You Offer Them to Employees?

    Navigating through the waters of health insurance coverage is tricky. You might be wondering, Do employers have to offer health insurance? Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees to provide health insurance, no employer has to offer excepted benefits.

    What Is Self-employment Tax?

    Are you self-employed? If so, you better keep reading. Self-employed individuals must pay a unique payroll tax called self-employment tax. What is self-employment tax?

    Can You Spot the Differences Between Back Pay vs. Retro Pay?

    Everybody makes mistakes. And if you’re an employer, you’ve probably made (or will make) a payroll mistake at some point. If you make a mistake or forget to pay an employee certain wages (e.g., bonus), you might need to provide retroactive or back pay.

    Read on to get the scoop on back pay vs. retro pay and whether or not you’re responsible for providing them to your employees.

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