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Wage and Recordkeeping Laws

This July, a Massachusetts grocery store made headlines when it was cited by the state attorney general for payroll and recordkeeping violations, totaling $313,915 in fines and restitution. Employees had complained that they were being underpaid, and the attorney general’s office conducted an investigation and even notified the store’s president of state wage requirements. But …

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Addressing Poor Workplace Behavior

When it comes to managerial nightmares, from massive marketplace disruption to natural disasters, the scariest task for many managers is dealing with problematic employee behavior. Big issues call for big solutions, but workplace behavior that is merely “detrimental” or “disruptive” can be exceedingly difficult to resolve. Behavior is a nuanced issue that often calls for …

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Payroll Tax Penalties

As an employer, you’re responsible for making sure the appropriate amount of money is withheld from your employees’ paychecks and paid to the IRS for federal income tax as well as Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes, which comprise Social Security and Medicare. Even if your employee opts for zero income-tax withholdings, you’re still responsible …

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When Employees Sue: The Value of EPLI Protection

Savvy businesspeople know: Business is risk. And on top of the investment risks you take in developing and marketing goods and services, there are also risks associated with hiring a workforce. American workers have a well-established set of rights, and one of their biggest tools for securing those rights is litigation. On the one hand, an …

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The I-9 Guide for Employers

“Are you authorized to work in the United States?” It’s a standard question on job applications, and one that most people will tick “yes” without thinking and move on. But employers are responsible for hiring legally eligible workers, and so the onus is on the company to verify that their staff meets the requirements. That’s where …

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Preventing Office Eye Strain

Even as we come to the end of Healthy Vision Month in May, workplace eye health remains a year-round concern. Whether it’s computers, tablets or phones, “screen time” is a nearly unavoidable part of today’s workplaces, regardless of industry. We spend so much time looking at screens that we’re not even aware of it. But underneath …

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Latest Wire Fraud Scam

Breaking: The Latest Wire Fraud Scam

Payroll is a major part of HR responsibilities. Your employees rely on you to receive their paychecks in a timely, convenient manner on a regular basis, pay cycle after pay cycle. Often, the easiest way to handle this process—for company and employee alike—is through direct deposit, which automatically transfers a paycheck from the company to …

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