About Mike Kappel

Mike Kappel, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Patriot Software, offers payroll advice from more than 20 years of experience to small business owners.

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How to Do a Background Check: 6 Steps for Due Diligence When Hiring Employees

According to one source, 96% of employers conduct at least one type of background screening. If you’re like many business owners, you likely want to do your due diligence before making any hiring decisions. Otherwise, you could be left with some rotten apples and wasted time. If you haven’t already, jump on the background check […]

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How Familiar Are You With Federal Legal Holidays?

As a small business owner, your doors likely aren’t open 24/7. And if you’re like most businesses, you might be closed on federal legal holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average full-time employee receives approximately 7.6 paid holidays annually.

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Pre-employment Questionnaire: How to Successfully Weed Out Unqualified Applicants

Sorting through applicants is no easy task. It takes a lot of time, energy, and patience.

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How to Hire Employees Who Are the Best of the Best

Do you know how to hire employees? What all goes into the hiring process? For starters … a lot. Too much for one regular article to cover, which is why I’ve written this mega article.

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A Detailed Overview of Federal, State, and Local Minimum Wage Law

When it comes to setting employee salaries or wages, you can’t pay any amount you want. You must follow minimum wage law.

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What Is Mileage Reimbursement, and How Does it Work?

As a business owner, running errands is inevitable. But sometimes, you are too busy to make the run yourself. You might send an employee to pick up something or handle a task for you. If you find yourself counting on employees to use their personal cars for business, consider offering mileage reimbursement. So, what is […]

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When Do You Need to Provide On-call Pay?

Some businesses need on-call employees. But if you require employees to be available when they’re not working, should you pay them? Whether or not you must provide on-call pay depends on a few factors.

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What Is a Nonexempt Employee?

Worker classification is critical. After you’ve narrowed down whether a worker is an independent contractor vs. employee, you’re not done. You need to also figure out if an employee is nonexempt. What is a nonexempt employee? When an employee has nonexempt status, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime laws come into […]

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What Is a Statutory Employee?

Have you ever seen that tiny box on a W-2 form for statutory employees? Have you wondered, What is a statutory employee? If so, you’re not alone. Many employers without statutory employees aren’t entirely sure what this classification means. But at one point, you may need to hire a statutory employee.

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What Is Imputed Income? | Payroll Definition and Examples

As an employer, you are likely familiar with reporting regular wages and taxes withheld on Form W-2. But, are you aware that you must report other amounts or payment types, such as imputed income? Learn what is imputed income, types, and how to report imputed income.

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