Quiet Quitting: What Employers Need To Know

CBS News says, “There’s a new term for clocking in and doing the bare minimum at work: ‘quiet quitting.’” This employee practice is a type of disengagement in which employees no longer go above and beyond at work. They do as little as possible, but just enough to keep their jobs. The term “quiet quitting” first … Read more

Flexible Work Is Key to Retention

In a flexible work arrangement, employees typically get to choose their work location and their work arrival and departure times. They may also have the ability to schedule their workday however they see fit. But as noted by the Department of Labor, “Under some [flexible work] policies, employees must work a prescribed number of hours … Read more

Maryland Enacts Paid Leave Law – What It Means For You

Last month the Maryland Legislation voted to pass a paid family and medical leave insurance program. Called the Time to Care Act, the new legislation establishes a state-administered fund (the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund) to which employees, employers, and self-employed individuals will make contributions. It guarantees nearly all Maryland employees the right to … Read more

Is This Your Situation: You Want a Paperless Payroll

Paperless payroll is a paper-free payroll process that has become hugely popular in recent years. But despite the groundswell of support for paperless payroll solutions, employers should examine the details before making the switch.  Six pros of paperless payroll Electronic storage — Stores payroll documents on your computer, eliminating clutter and making payroll documents easier … Read more

Four Considerations to Grow Your Small-Business HR Department

The consensus among HR leaders is that once you’ve reached the 20-employee mark, it is definitely time to hire a dedicated HR professional. If your business continues to grow, you’ll likely need to expand your HR department. Consider the following to handle this initiative. 1. Timing Before you implement growth measures for your HR department, … Read more

Exempt vs. Nonexempt: Where the Dividing Line Is

Employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to pay nonexempt employees for all hours worked. It sounds simple enough, but many people fail to understand all the forms an hour of work can take. Not understanding the nuances of this principle can lead to payroll mistakes. Below are some pitfalls to avoid. … Read more

7 Considerations When Preparing Your Payroll Budget

Most companies spend 20% to 30% of their annual revenue on payroll. The exact amount varies based on the employer’s size, industry, and staffing and operational needs. In some industries, such as service, it’s not uncommon for payroll to encompass up to 50% of revenue. For other industries, such as manufacturing and food and beverage, … Read more

The Essentials: HR, Benefits and Payroll Checklists

Human resources, employee benefits and payroll functions are separate yet intertwined, and checklists are essential to staying on top of your responsibilities for each one. Below are examples of what might be included in these checklists. Human resource management checklist HR department plan: Lays out the structure and operation of your human resources department. Recruiting … Read more

Unemployment and Tax: Back to Normal

Unemployment income has always been taxable income. Those who apply for unemployment benefits can have federal tax, and any applicable state tax, withheld, but whether it’s done check by check or in a lump sum, the recipient has to pay. However, because 2020 was such a difficult year, the federal government granted a limited break. … Read more

Automatic 401(K) Enrollment: Right For Your Company?

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Traditionally, employees have to opt in to retirement plans and make their own decisions about contributions. But there’s another possibility: automatic enrollment. If they choose to enroll their staff automatically, companies have three options: Basic automatic enrollment, also called an “Automatic Contribution Arrangement” (ACA) Employees are automatically enrolled in the 401(k) plan unless they choose … Read more

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