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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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ECEP Tax New York

The Lowdown on New York’s 2019 ECEP Tax

If you’re an employer in the state of New York, you may have heard of the new payroll tax beginning in 2019. But, did you know that this new Employer Compensation Expense Tax (ECET), established by the Employer Compensation Expense Program (ECEP), is optional? Although you aren’t required to pay the ECET, you may choose […]

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Washington paid family leave

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave

As an employer, you must stay on top of your payroll responsibilities, including federal, state, and local taxes and deductions. If you are an employer with employees who work in Washington state, you need to know about the Washington paid family leave program.

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absenteeism rate

Learn How to Calculate Your Absenteeism Rate—and Use It—Today

From time to time, employees miss work. Expecting employees to come in every day throughout the year is likely unrealistic. But when employees make a habit of missing work unexpectedly, their absences can set your business back. Learn how to calculate your business’s absenteeism rate to reduce absenteeism in the workplace.

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Wage base

Which Taxes Have a Wage Base?

If you’re an employer, you likely know that withholding, contributing, and remitting employment taxes is essential to running legal and accurate payrolls. Before calculating how much to withhold and contribute, you need to know about the tax wage base. Some taxes have a wage base while others do not. To avoid overwithholding and overpaying taxes, […]

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Types of Paid Time Off

10 Types of Paid Time Off You Can Offer Employees

Over 70% of employees have access to paid days off from work for sick or vacation time. Although these are common paid time off programs, sick and vacation days aren’t the only time off work you can offer. Get the scoop on different types of paid time off below.

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