Posts Tagged business

Overtime Sounds Like It Is So Simple – Until You Get Sued

Here’s a stumper for you: What do Arsenio Hall, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Lars Ulrich all have in common? If you don’t know Lars Ulrich, he is the drummer for the band, Metallica. Now, go ahead, what’s your guess about them all? Give up? The answer is that they have all been sued for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), primarily for failing to pay appropriate, or accurate, overtime wages. What does that mean for you? (more…)

Posted in: Operating a Small Business, Payroll, Payroll Processing, Rules, Regulations and Laws

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Is a Dependent Care FSA (DCAP Flexible Spending Account) Right for Your Employees and Business?

No doubt about it, expenses always seem to be going up. Employers know that their employees are tightening belts and are looking for ways to help even if significant pay raises aren’t in the current budget. For employees with families and dependent care expenses, there is a benefit some employers can offer, at least for the moment, and that is the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). (more…)

Posted in: Benefits and Health Care, Employee Benefits, HR Rules, Regulations and Laws, Human Resources, Operating a Small Business, Payroll, Payroll Processing, Rules, Regulations and Laws

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Summer Isn’t Laid Back for Payroll Processors

We all look forward to summer, don’t we? Longer, warm days filled with sunshine and the prospect of fun draw us into a state of reverie with the prospect of letting things slip by. That doesn’t often fly with small business owners, and certainly not when it comes to payroll. In fact, summer is one of the most challenging seasons for payroll. Let me explain why. (more…)

Posted in: Operating a Small Business, Payroll, Payroll Processing

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What is the Risk for Employee Information in Your Business?

If you have been a business owner for even a day or two you know how complicated all the rules and regulations can be about almost every aspect of business. There are laws and forms and records and it seems there is no consistency between any of it – right? Well, let’s not get too far down the rabbit hole and try to solve every issue here. But let’s take a moment and look at payroll and employee information and records. (more…)

Posted in: Operating a Small Business, Payroll, Rules, Regulations and Laws

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Take Advantage of Seasonal Downtime – Review Your Business Budget

While many businesses can heat up during the summer, a lot of businesses experience a major slow-down. With the kids out of school, people are often busy taking vacations or participating in warmer weather activities. If your business goes through seasonal doldrums, why not take advantage of the downtime to review your business budget? You can review how your year has gone so far and plan for what you want the rest of your year to look like. (more…)

Posted in: Bookkeeping and Accounting, Operating a Small Business

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Common Myths about Outsourcing Payroll, Part 4

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 If you’re a small business owner and you have employees, you must do payroll. It’s a given. You can’t get out of it. Your employees expect to be paid for their work. However, that doesn’t mean YOU have to do your own payroll. You can outsource your payroll to a payroll service provider like The Payroll Department. But many small business owners won’t subcontract their payroll, because they believe all these myths about outsourcing payroll that they hear from other people. (more…)

Posted in: Payroll, Payroll Processing

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How to Turn One Lost Customer Into Many Lost Opportunities

I recently gained a new client through what might seem one of the oddest situations. The client showed up at my office and I could tell she had obviously been crying. Sporting moist eyes and blotchy patches on her cheeks and neck, I could tell the emotion behind the tears was strong. The story she told made me cringe – and it wasn’t even about payroll or payroll taxes. Not only did I cringe because it was so painful, but also because it was one that I have heard all too often. (more…)

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Business Growth Can Lead to Payroll Challenges

Good news! After the unusually cold and stormy winter we’ve had this year, the economy finally seems to be thawing with U.S. employment statistics trending upward. Increases were recorded in the number of employees and hours worked and in pay rates. For small business owners, especially those in industries with several hourly workers, job growth can signal new business demands as well as challenges in handling increased payroll responsibilities. (more…)

Posted in: Payroll, Payroll Processing

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Payroll Services Give Entrepreneurs Confidence

Every Sunday afternoon, Rusty noticed that his stomach was upset. By Monday morning, a knot was in his throat. For two years, there were sporadic firings going on at the company where Rusty was employed. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason for which employees were picked. The majority were given the “You’re now unemployed” news via email and handed the official pink slip on their way out the door.

When Rusty’s number was finally drawn, he read the “You’re now unemployed” email and felt an odd sense of relief. At least he didn’t have to worry and wait anymore for his turn to be on the chopping block. He was scared to death of being without a job but at least he finally knew his fate. (more…)

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Payroll Service is Ready for the Tax Season! Are You?

Generally, people don’t think about filing tax returns until April starts pressing closer. But if you are a small business owner, you know that feeling starts to weigh heavy on your shoulders right around January 1 and it doesn’t let up, really, until you get your personal taxes done in April. (more…)

Posted in: IRS and Tax forms, Payroll, Payroll Processing, Payroll Taxes

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