Staying Afloat: Options When the HR Flood is Overwhelming

Human Resources (HR) encompasses a lot. Even a fully staffed HR department might have trouble juggling all its demands, which include issues like managing payroll, handling harassment complaints, navigating the murky waters of health insurance...

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When There’s an Additional Pay Period; It’s Not Just a Leap Year Issue

Throw one extra day into the year and it can create all kinds of payroll confusion for employers. While the headaches an extra pay period can create aren’t exclusive to leap years, many employers run into an extra pay period during leap years,...

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Health Care Tax Credit Gives Small Companies Room to Breathe

Under the Affordable Care Act, small businesses can get a little help covering the cost of health insurance for their employees. The small business health care tax credit, which especially benefits companies that employ low- and moderate-income...

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Compliance in 2020: New Year, New Payroll Changes

As we turn the calendar to a new year, we also must understand and ensure compliance with the various new employment laws, including payroll changes, that took effect on January 1, 2020. Here are six changes employers need to know when processing...

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Taking Time to Rethink PTO

Our culture values hard work. We tell one another to pick ourselves up by our bootstraps, or to be self-made individuals. We preach and hold sacred the American Dream—the idea that anyone can improve their life so long as they work hard enough.

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Are Annual Performance Reviews So Last Century?

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Annual employee performance reviews have had their day in the sun for decades. But it may be time for the sun to set on that tired, old workplace staple.

Employee performance reviews lack true value to companies because:

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Four Reasons to Offer Employee Health Benefits (Even if You Aren't Legally Required)

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Though small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees are not legally required to provide health insurance to their employees, about 30 percent of them still do, according to Kaiser Family Foundation. Those small business owners know...

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How to Cross-Train Employees When Your Workforce is Remote

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There are many ways work and employment have changed in the 21st century. You can send emails from your smartphone, share spreadsheets via the cloud and research job applicants on social media. One of the biggest trends employers are seeing as we...

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Comparing Health Insurance Options: Daunting but Worth It

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The process of comparing employee health insurance plans is daunting for anyone -- and even more so for small business owners, who usually don’t have deep experience deciphering providers’ individual approaches to costs and coverage.

The system...

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Yanking out the Grapevine: How to Deal with Gossip at Work

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“I saw Todd slip something in his drink at lunch today.”

 “Did you hear that Margaret is pregnant? Apparently, she hasn’t even told her husband yet. Sounds like an accident to me.”

 “Trevor’s rash is so disgusting. He disappears into the...

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