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HR Risk Management: Establishing Company Compliance

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to HR risk management, establishing HR compliance is the key to success. However, it’s not achieved overnight. Many business owners struggle to find the time and resources to learn about all the legal and regulatory liability that comes with managing the company. Here’s an HR compliance checklist to help you understand what keeps you and your business protected from unwarranted claims or lawsuits.

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Topics: Human Resources

HR Legal Compliance: Laws That Matter to Business Owners

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In our decades of partnering with businesses of all sizes, we’ve learned that business owners really don’t know what they don’t know. What we mean is we find a great deal of clients who have no idea about complying with the state and federal laws that apply to their business – and that’s a major risk. Non-compliance not only hurts your employees and company, the fees associated with not meeting deadlines or following the correct procedures could just put you under. When it comes to HR legal compliance, here are the laws that matter to business owners:

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Topics: Small Business Management, Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

Don't Stumble Upon These Three Compliance Mistakes

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jul 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

One of the most dangerous mistakes you can make as an employer is to be unaware of or unwilling to comply with employment laws. Compliance is complicated because it requires time you may not have to do things like keep up with regulations, fees and filings. Some business owners don’t even realize what might have fallen through the cracks until it’s too late. The fines mount and the penalties keep coming; the consequences of compliance issues can run your business into the ground. Here are the three compliance mistakes employers don’t know they’re making:

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Topics: Human Resources

4 Payroll Tax Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Posted by Dana Spinello, CPA on Jul 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

One of the biggest expenses for your business is payroll and doing it correctly is essential. Along with paying your employees, comes paying taxes. Payroll taxes can be one of your biggest headaches. If not done correctly, you could face major penalties. It’s vital you properly calculate, withhold, report and deposit tax monies from employees’ paychecks. Here are just some of the taxes employers must account for:

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Topics: Payroll, payroll tax

How to Run a Complex, Semi-Monthly Payroll

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jun 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Running a semi-monthly payroll for non-exempt employees can be challenging. It gets complicated because employers are required to track the actual number of hours worked each workweek (seven days) and pay overtime if more than 40 hours are worked in that workweek.

A common mistake is to assume 86.67 hours each pay period (or some other identical amount every pay period), however employers are required to track (and pay for) all hours actually worked (including overtime) each workweek, not an “average”. Unfortunately, there are not exactly the same number of workweeks in each month nor are there exactly the same number of days and hours in each semi-monthly pay period.

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, overtime

Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 2

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to defending a workplace lawsuit, strong written policies with signed acknowledgements from your employees will go a long way. Another important element of being prepared is documenting employee problems and corrective actions. Even though it seems like common sense to fire an employee who repeatedly performs badly, you shouldn’t get too comfortable with “at will” employment. The doctrine (in most states) dictates an employer or employee can terminate employment at any time, with or without notice and with or without cause. If you follow this practice, you don’t even need a reason to let someone go, let alone documentation, but it won’t sit well with a judge and jury.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies