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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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New Filing Deadline for Employer W-2s and 1099s

December 12, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
2017 W2 AND 1099 UPDATE
Traditionally speaking, January 31st has been the date by which employers must provide their employees with tax forms. However, 2017 brings about a drastic change to this system: January 31st is now also your IRS/SSA filing deadline. As such, your distribution and filing processes will be far more compressed this year than they have been […]
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Abacus Payroll’s Year-End Payroll Checklist

December 2, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
End of Year Payroll Checklist
The end of the year is drawing close, and so are your end-of-the-year payroll responsibilities. Instead of stressing about tying up loose ends, take a look at our year-end payroll checklist to make sure your proverbial ducks are in a row.   Double-Check Your Employee Data Though payroll might be less fun than dressing up […]
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Handling Pay and Time Off: Jury Duty and Election Day

November 21, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll for Election Day and Jury Duty
Paying your employees for time during which they aren’t actively in the office may be a strange concept—yet you’ll find yourself doing exactly that on certain occasions.   Whether it be routine jury duty or Election Day, you’ll want to make sure you know the ins and outs of handling paid time off.     […]
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What to Do if You’ve Accidentally Overpaid an Employee

November 14, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll Overpaid employee paycheck
Of all the acceptable mistakes one can make, those involving numbers and other people’s money rank highest in the “oops” category. Payroll mistakes are actually quite common, with around a third of employers making noticeable errors in their calculations; thankfully, the process is entirely reversible. Here is a quick breakdown on what to do if […]
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Preparing Your Business for a Minimum Wage Hike

November 8, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll Preparing for Minimum wage increases
Labor is an employer’s greatest expense, so when a proposal to raise minimum wage comes up, it can be very stressful. Fortunately, the end ramifications of a minimum wage increase aren’t as severe as you might think—and there are plenty of steps you can take to ensure your company is ready for the change. Here […]
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Keeping Up with Changes to the Affordable Care Act

November 3, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll Inc ACA
While the most notable feature of this year’s rendition of the Affordable Care Act is its increased pertinence to medium-sized businesses, both mid- and large-scale businesses should take note of the following changes for 2016’s payroll.   Affordable Care Act & the Employer Mandate Up to this point, the IRS has loosely enforced the Employer […]
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