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Small Business Payroll Guide

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Retain Employees: Steps to Take to Reduce Chances of Payroll Errors

December 21, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
If you aren’t diligent about your payroll process, you might want to start double-checking. According to a recent study, nearly half of all employees will begin searching for a new job after only two payroll malfunctions. While mistakes certainly can happen regardless of caution and preparation, here are a few ways that you can cut […]
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Addressing Mental Health Days and Paid Time Off

December 18, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
As Americans, we aren’t exactly renowned for our reasonable work weeks, maternity leave, or paid time off. Counterintuitively, this can lead to severely decreased productivity as well as stress symptoms and outright breakdowns. Instead of dismissing time off for mental recuperation as a scheme to get out of work, consider instead the following tips for […]
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Must-Do End-of-Year HR Tasks for Small Business Owners

December 13, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
The end of the year is upon us and with it comes a slew of preparations to make the next one a little more doable. Small business owners in particular have a seemingly insurmountable amount of HR tasks to complete; we know you’re busy, so here’s an end-of-the-year checklist to ensure you meet all of […]
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Identifying and Preventing Workplace Harassment and Discrimination

December 5, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Harassment and discrimination have no place in daily life, so the same logic should apply in the workplace. Whether you’re the owner of a business or you’re simply an employee, you need to be aware of your rights, other employees’ rights, what harassment looks like, and how to address it. Know Your Legislature Before you […]
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Small Business HR Mistakes to Avoid

September 26, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Common Costly HR Mistakes
HR management is a tough job on the easiest days, and it only gets harder as you spend more time with a business. This is no truer for any company than it is for a small business. While there is no way to prepare completely for employee mishaps, here are a few major mistakes to […]
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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
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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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