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w-2 box 1

Form W-2 Box 1: A Guide for Navigating Through Confusing Discrepancies

You’ve finished distributing Forms W-2. Just when you think you’re done, an employee comes up to you, hands you their form, and asks, Why are my W-2 Box 1 earnings less than my Box 3 and Box 5 earnings? Panicked, you glance over the W-2. That doesn’t help. You do a quick search of Form […]

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types of work shifts

How Many Types of Work Shifts Does Your Small Business Need?

To operate your business, you may need employees working varied hours in the day. Some industries and positions require different types of work shifts outside typical business hours. What shifts do you need employees to work in your small business?

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how to read a w-2 form

How to Read a W-2 Form: Box-by-box Breakdown

Once you send Forms W-2 to your employees, you don’t have to worry about the annual form until next year. Or, do you? If you don’t know how to read a W-2 form, you may run into problems.

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death of an employee

How to Handle the Death of an Employee in Your Small Business

An employee’s death can be sudden and unexpected. But, you can’t be caught unaware by your employer responsibilities for handling the death of an employee. Although a difficult topic, you need to know what to do when an employee dies. From notifying your staff to paying out deceased employee wages, you can’t neglect your duties. […]

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asking for a raise

Is Your Employee Asking for a Raise? Here’s What to Do

At some point, your employee may ask for a higher salary or hourly wage. Although raise conversations can be uncomfortable for both you and the inquiring employee, you need to know how to handle them. What do you do when an employee is asking for a raise?

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types of wages

Types of Wages That Might Come up in Your Small Business

Deciding how to pay your employees takes careful consideration. Not only do you need to think about what payment methods for employees you will use (e.g., direct deposit vs. paper checks), but you also need to consider the types of wages you will provide. Some types of pay you offer employees can depend on your […]

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fluctuating workweek

Calculating Overtime When Your Employee Works a Fluctuating Workweek

You’re likely familiar with the Fair Labor and Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) rules on overtime pay. But when you have employees who work varying schedules, you might be able to calculate overtime using the fluctuating workweek method. Read on to learn more about a fluctuating workweek, restrictions, calculations, and how to implement it in your business.

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ada guidelines

ADA Guidelines Your Small Business Needs to Follow

Twenty percent of American adults have a disability. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 70% of individuals with severe disabilities are unemployed. To prevent discrimination in the workplace against people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 established ADA guidelines that businesses must follow. Small business owners must comply with […]

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nanny tax

Neglecting the Nanny Tax Won’t Help the Medicine Go Down

You may follow all the rules when it comes to running payroll for your small business employees, but what about your household workers? Regardless of whether you are an entrepreneur, employing a household worker makes you an employer. And as an employer, you are required to pay household employment taxes, otherwise known as the nanny […]

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State W-4 Form

Don’t Forget to Collect State W-4 Forms from New Hires

When you hire new employees, you need to collect information to verify employment eligibility and run payroll. Federal Forms W-4 and I-9 are just the beginning when it comes to new employee forms. You may also need to collect state-specific forms, including your state’s W-4. What is the state W-4 form?

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