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What to Do When an Employee Quits

August 18, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
How to handle an employee quitting
No matter the reason, it’s always challenging when an employee chooses to leave your business. While there is no universal way to prepare for the shock of losing one of the best members of your staff, here are a few ways that you can minimize the impact and move forward in a proactive manner.   […]
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Conducting an Internal Wage and Hour Audit

July 25, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
conducting internal wage and hour audit
Consider it a must to check up on your company’s wage and hour records to ensure and enforce compliance.   To verify that your organization is compliant with FSLA standards, it’s in your company’s best interests to conduct an internal audit examining employees’ wages and hourly requirements. By checking on your own data and files, […]
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Pay Card Etiquette for Employee Buy-In

July 19, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Pay Cards for Employees Payroll and Paperless Pay checks
At face value, using a pay card for paperless payroll seems like a no-brainer for both employers and employees alike. However, implementing a pay card system is not without its drawbacks. Before you dive head first into a potentially exclusive system, here’s what you need to know about pay card etiquette.   Pay Cards: Consider […]
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Do I Have to Pay My Employees Travel Time? What the Law Requires

June 30, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Employee Travel Payroll Concerns
While the line separating work-related expenses and personal expenses can be blurry, delineating between paid and non-paid travel time is its own payroll nightmare. Here are some examples of what does—and what doesn’t—constitute paid travel according to law.   Commuting vs. Travelling The first thing you need to understand is the difference between “commute time” […]
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Mergers & Acquisitions: What are the Payroll and HR Ramifications?

June 1, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll and HR in a M and A
When undergoing a merger or acquisition, your company has thousands of variables to consider; with all that’s going on, it’s easy to see how something as routine as payroll might get left out of the equation. Whether you’re scrambling to bring your payroll schedule back up to speed after a big merger or you’re just […]
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Understanding the Basics of FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)

May 23, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
FMLA Law for Small Business Employers
The Family and Medical Leave Act doesn’t affect all businesses, nor does it apply to all employees in a business that it does cover. Though it sounds complicated, the FMLA actually has a pretty simple basis. Here’s a basic breakdown of what the FMLA is, who it covers, and what you need to do if […]
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Temp-to-Hire Positions: What You Need to Know

May 18, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Benefits Hiring Temp to Hire Positions
Contracting specialist jobs is becoming an increasingly common practice in the world of business. Often, temporary hires—also known as “temps”—provide a cost-effective solution to an otherwise expensive and unwieldy problem; however, hiring temps also provides you with the opportunity to gauge their skillsets and, if pertinent to your business, field-vet potential new hires. Here’s what […]
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Adding Your Children to Payroll

May 9, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Adding Your Children to your Business Payroll
Have you considered hiring your own children to help manage or add support to your small business? From farms and agriculture businesses to family restaurants and corners shops, children can gain experience, a sense of responsibility, and a little extra cash by joining in on a business for a few hours each week. From a […]
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Lessons Learned from the Recent W-2 Phishing Scams

March 30, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Lessons Learned from W2 Phishing Attempts
You’ve probably heard in the news in recent months (see here, and here, and here…) about W-2 phishing scams specifically targeting payroll professionals, human resources executives, and even CEOs. First, know that “phishing” attacks are malicious internet links that masquerade as legitimate inquiries, websites, or forms. After compromising information from literally thousands of W-2s this […]
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Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance: What an Employer Can’t Ask You

March 24, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Philadelphia City
The mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, recently revised the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance to state that an employer may not ask a prospective employee about their wage history during a job interview (Bill No. 160840), nor can hiring managers use such information when determining the salary for a new hire.   If you work in […]
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