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State Law Affects FMLA Eligibility

The federal Family Medical Leave Act allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave in a 12-month period for specific reasons,...

Is This Your Situation: Performing Background Checks for Small Businesses

With the average cost per hire in the United States hovering over $3,000, making a hiring mistake can be an expensive proposition for a small to midsize firm. One...

The 2018 Tax Wrap-Up

The tax reform passed at the end of 2017 runs to about 70,000 words. It's a large and complicated piece of legislation, and we can look forward to additional...

Learn the Difference Between Pretax and After-Tax

Pretax deductions are subtracted from employees’ wages before taxes are taken out, thereby lowering their taxable wages and increasing their take-home pay.

New Disability Claims Rule for Welfare Benefit Plans

On December 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new rule updating the process for reviewing claims and appeals for disability benefits covered by...

Know the Rules on Classifying Employees

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets guidelines for whether an employee is exempt or nonexempt under federal law. Exempt means that the employee is excluded...

Establishing Accurate Timekeeping Practices

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers track hours worked by nonexempt employees, who typically are paid by the hour. Although you can choose...

Grasping the Complexity of Payroll Tax Withholding

The rules for withholding federal payroll taxes are quite straightforward, applying to most employees in the United States, regardless of location. The rules tend...

Traditional Leave Plans versus Paid Time Off

Traditional leave plans separate time off into different categories, such as vacation, sick, and personal time. Employees are allotted a specific number of days or...

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Legislation Updates Summarized

SUMMARIZED 2021 LEGILSATION UPDATES
1. Required Paid Leave (ARPA, HFWA, PHEL)
2. COBRA Updates

Overview of Wage Garnishments

A wage garnishment is a legal process that requires an employer to withhold a portion of an employee’s wages to satisfy a debt owed by that individual.

Changing Culture to Manage Future Disruptions

If the COVID-19 pandemic taught businesses anything, it is that resilience and agility matter. Companies that never thought about operating remotely were forced to change to virtual companies in the blink of an eye. 

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