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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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What the End of the PA-NJ Tax Agreement Means For You

October 18, 2016 | posted by Ren Cicalese III, CPA, MST
Pa NJ reciprocity tax agreement
Note: As of November 22, 2016, Governor Christie elected not to move forward with ending the PA-NJ Tax agreement.   In early September 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that he would be ending a nearly four-decade old tax agreement with Pennsylvania. Under this agreement, New Jerseyans and Pennsylvanians working across state lines were […]
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Payroll and Penalties

October 3, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Avoid IRS penalties and fees for late or inaccurate payroll
As tax season makes its annual debut, it’s important to review your payroll procedures in order to ensure the most accurate reporting possible, as late or inaccurate payroll submissions are often met with swift and devastating penalties from the IRS. You can avoid payroll tax penalties altogether by paying your dues on time and in […]
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Employee Handbook 101: Is Yours Up to Par?

September 28, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll Employee Handbooks
A comprehensive and well-written employee handbook can be the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your company from litigation claims, in addition to spelling out in positive terms your company’s policies to employees. Your employee handbook, though, doesn’t have to be as dull and redundant as some believe and if prepared properly can […]
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Understanding Self-Employment Tax

August 17, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Self Employment Tax How To
From the outside looking in, self-employment is a pretty attractive prospect: you get to choose your own hours, your office attire can be something as casual as PJs, and your bed and desk can be one and the same. While there are many incentives, these aspects of self-employment fall flat when tax season rolls around. […]
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What Can Your Team Learn from the Olympics?

August 12, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
HR Olympics Management Abacus Payroll
As you are no doubt aware, the 2016 Olympic Games are in full swing. Far from pertaining only to athletes and sports enthusiasts, the Olympics stand for everything the business world holds dear: professionalism, integrity, and sheer, unadulterated talent. Surprisingly, you can learn a lot about your workforce and team from comparing the Olympics and […]
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Workplace Wellness Programs

July 18, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
workplace wellness programs all about
As incentives become routine installments in companies’ hiring strategies, the lack of workplace wellness programs is quickly becoming a deal-breaker. A workplace wellness program doesn’t have to be a complicated overhaul of your current business model—all you need to do is provide your employees with healthy options to facilitate their personal health and happiness.   […]
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