Ghosting: Issuing Final Paychecks When an Employee Disappears

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At one time, the only people who seemed to get “ghosted” were millennials in the dating world who shared their stories across social media. Unfortunately, the traumatic practice of ending personal relationships suddenly, by cutting off all...

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Ask the Payroll Expert: How Long to Keep Payroll Records

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Whether you own a two-employee business or have grown to a team of 15, recordkeeping is a must. But having accurate payroll records is only part of the process — business owners must keep them in a secure place and for varying amounts of time to...

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6 Last-Minute Tax Tips

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If you haven’t filed your 2018 taxes yet, you’re not alone. In fact, many taxpayers wait until the last minute. But with Tax Day less than two weeks away, it is time to get the necessary documents together to prepare and file your taxes or to...

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Job Titles Alone Don’t Determine Who’s Exempt from Overtime Pay

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Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), “nonexempt” U.S. employees must be paid at least the federal minimum wage and one-and-one-half times their regular rate of pay for any hours they work over 40 in a workweek. Your business is not required...

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IRS Releases Electronic Guide to Help Business Owners Navigate Tax Law Changes

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants small business owners and self-employed individuals to understand how the recent tax law changes may have impacted their bottom line. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed in December 2017, and made...

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FLSA Overtime Rules: How To Accurately Measure Time and Attendance

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires all businesses to keep precise and thorough records of the hours exempt and nonexempt employees work, both by work day and week. Accurately tracking employees’ work hours under the FLSA is challenging...

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DOL to Announce Overtime Rule Changes This Year; Small Businesses May Pay More

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After several years of discussion, the U.S. Department of Labor is expected to announce its new overtime rule this year. In March, we'll likely get an indication of what the DOL plans to do.

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5 Reasons Human Resources is a Must for Small Businesses

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As the owner of a small business, one place you may consider cutting spending is on not having a human resources department. After all, you can handle the hiring and manager training, and your managers can cover new hire training, performance...

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Key Law Changes Affecting Small Businesses in 2018: A Year in Review

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We may have closed the books on 2018, but the employment law changes, high profile sexual harassment cases and data breach headlines of the previous year will continue to impact business owners in 2019. From businesses attempting to navigate...

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How to Communicate Weather-Related Business Closures to Employees and Customers

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It can be a tough call for even for the most experienced business owners - weather the storm or close for the day due to bad weather conditions? In fact, it’s a decision many Kansas City area business owners have already had to make this winter....

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