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Bimonthly Payroll: A Rare Unicorn, Is it Even Legal, and More

You’re trying to figure out a decent pay frequency for your business. There are a number of popular options, like weekly payroll, and some that are a little more out there, like bimonthly payroll.

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Can You Pay That?! Federal and State Tipped Minimum Wage Rates

Paying employees according to federal, state, or local minimum wage law is critical if you want to avoid breaking labor laws. However, employers in some industries can pay tipped employees a lower minimum wage and remain compliant. This is known as the tipped minimum wage. 

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PTO Payout Laws by State: Is Your Use-it-or-lose-it Policy Breaking the Rules?

Deciding whether you want to provide paid time off (PTO) is something you need to do before you hire an employee. Offering PTO also requires you to craft a policy that explains how your business treats accrued time off. But, PTO payout laws by state may restrict whether you can establish a use-it-or-lose-it policy.

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How to Craft Your Employee Training Reimbursement Policy

So, your hardworking employee wants to further their knowledge by going through a training program?

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Connecticut Paid Family Leave, Coming in 2021

Connecticut is the most recent state to join the paid family leave states. Starting January 1, 2021, employers whose employees work in the state must begin handling Connecticut paid family leave contributions.

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Don’t Create Your Maternity Leave Policy Until You Understand Employee Rights

At some point, one of your employees may need to take time off before and after giving birth. You must create and implement a maternity leave policy before that happens. But before you can establish your policy, familiarize yourself with and comply with maternity leave laws.

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Form 944 vs. 941: Which Should You File?

If you’re an employer, you know the importance of depositing and reporting payroll taxes. The IRS requires that employers report taxes quarterly or annually on Form 941 or 944. What’s the difference between Form 944 vs. 941?

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What Is My State Unemployment Tax Rate?

Running payroll means staying on top of your employment tax responsibilities. In addition to withholding income and payroll taxes from employee wages, you must contribute employer taxes. Unlike some other taxes, state unemployment taxes do not have a standard rate. Read on to answer What is my state unemployment tax rate?

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Salary History Laws by State: Do You Need to Cool it With the Questions?

As an employer, you want to know everything you can about potential employees. But some questions, like inquiring about salary history, are off-limits—in some states. To stay compliant, learn salary history laws by state.

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Paid Sick Leave Laws by State: The Chart, Map, & Accrual Info You Need

Typically, employers get to choose whether they want to offer types of paid time off, like sick leave, to employees. But depending on your business location, you might not have a choice. Little by little, paid sick leave laws by state are on the rise.

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