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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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The Case for Paperless Payroll

February 13, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Paperless payroll and business processes
In an age where nearly everything has an online alternative, paper paychecks are still a common aspect of most workplaces. Naturally, it can be difficult to phase out a system that works well for you in favor of an unfamiliar one.     If you’re on the fence about implementing a paperless payroll system in […]
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Avoiding W-2, W-3, and 1099 Mistakes

January 19, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Avoiding W2 1099 Mistakes Each Year
Accuracy is important, and this is doubly true when submitting your company’s payroll at the end of the year, but with so many forms to keep track of, mistakes are hard to avoid. Here are a few ways to prevent costly errors on your W-2, W-3, and 1099 forms.   Common W2 and 1099 Mistakes […]
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Starting A New Year: 5 Questions Small Businesses Should Ask in January

January 3, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Question for payroll business
The beginning of any year is a frenetic haze of debriefings, policy revisions, and company resolutions. This holds especially true for small businesses, since they often lack the streamlined damage-control processes ingrained in larger firms. To help you kick of 2017 with a (controlled) bang, here are some questions you should address at the start […]
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