See Your Way Clear to Offering Vision Benefits

Vision insurance may not be considered as essential as other aspects of medical benefits, but it can benefit a company’s reputation and bottom line. Businesses should seriously consider offering it. What’s usually covered with vision insurance? Typically, routine eye exams and discounts for the purchase of corrective eyewear are covered. Some policies even contribute toward[…]

Bracket Changes and More From the IRS

You haven’t even filed your 2017 taxes yet, but the IRS has already announced changes that will affect your 2018 taxes, which you’ll be filing in 2019. The changes were announced in Revenue Procedure 2017-58, which runs 28 pages, but below are some key points. How do these changes impact you? The standard deduction for[…]

Managing a Unionized Workforce

You may have both union and nonunion employees. If a union is voted in by some of your employees, they are union members, not union employees — they are your employees. How to deal with them? Apply the same good management techniques you’ve always used in the past. Approach managing all employees the same way,[…]

The Major Tax Changes: An Overview

The new tax law has dominated political discussion for months and will likely continue to do so well into 2018. Consequences, both intended and otherwise, are still unclear. But for now, these are the big changes for both individuals and companies. In general, the changes to individual provisions expire at the end of 2025, but[…]

Mission Critical: Disaster Planning and Payroll

No matter whether the disaster involves fires, earthquakes, hurricanes or snowstorms, there’s a need for a comprehensive disaster plan. Sometimes, the disaster is so pervasive, no work can be done at all. However, it may happen that employees can work remotely, even when the office can’t be opened, which can last for days or even[…]

Flexible Schedules: A Benefit for the 21st Century

Working 9 to 5 is so last-millennium, when most white-collar workers were tethered to an office, and a clear line existed between work and home. That’s all changed. Today, companies are more flexible, employing workers connected to the mother ship only by their laptops and Starbucks’ Wi-Fi. For companies with flexible schedules, the “work day”[…]

Is This Your Situation: You’re Facing Court-Ordered Wage Garnishments

When wages are garnished, an employer must withhold a portion of a person’s earnings for the payment of a debt. Most garnishments are made under a local court order that creditors file a few months after debtors fall behind on payments. By the time you, as an employer, receive the garnishment order, the court should[…]

Is This Your Situation: Your Business Is Spread Over Multiple States

Opening a location in a different state can be an exciting sign of growth and expansion for your business. But before you crack open the champagne, make sure you know some of the potential tax and business ramifications of opening a location across state lines. Managing Remote Offices Technology has made it easier than ever[…]

Performance Reviews: How They Go Wrong

One view on how to do good performance reviews: The foundation of your performance evaluation system is the job description you wrote for each of your employees. A supervisor need only compare an employee’s performance against standards you identified in a job description to discover whether an employee does a job competently. Your evaluation process[…]

When Should You Provide Employees Education?

When is providing an education fringe benefit advantageous to the employer? I know other employers who give their employees financial help to attend college or higher education courses. Also I think some of my employees would like to take some courses at the community college. What kind of educational assistance should our company be giving[…]