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Small Business Payroll Guide

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Establishing a Pay or Salary Raise Budget for Your Business

June 1, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Whether you need to plan employee raises in order to comply with the new overtime rules, or if implementing annual salary increases is part of your company’s compensation package, the following will advise you to think strategically about these higher labor costs your business is expecting to incur.   After a year of successful business […]
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Department of Labor Finalizes New Overtime Rules

May 26, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Update to Salary Thresholds Are your employees meeting the requirements for minimum wage and overtime exemption? Find out about the new provisions for certain employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.     On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division issued a Final Rule on new proposed overtime standards. […]
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Employee Background Checks: Yes or No?

May 20, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
As any business owner will tell you, employees are investments.   Similarly to a landlord’s tenants, your employees have the ability to represent your company, whether fairly or otherwise. For this reason, you may want to consider running a background check on potential new hires. If you’re unfamiliar with background checks, here is a straightforward […]
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6 Ways Extra HR Support Can Help Your Small Business

May 2, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Depending on a business’s size and budget constraints, an in-house Human Resources department may not always be realistic. However, having employees brings along typical HR issues that need to be addressed, including employment laws, benefits, employee retention, poster requirements, hiring, recruiting, and workforce relations. In addition, once you reach certain employee number thresholds, there are […]
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A Newlywed Employee’s Impact on Payroll and HR

April 26, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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When newlywed employees return to the office after their wedding celebration, they bring back more than a wedding ring — they can have a new last name, a new address, and even a new bank account. Learn how to update your records swiftly to lessen the woes in the payroll process later on.     […]
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Onboarding Done Right: Key Basics of New Employee Integration

April 13, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Hey, employers: Employees give their new jobs 10 days before they decide whether they will stay with the organization. What are you doing to make sure they buy-in to your culture, feel a part of the team, and make the commitment to stay?   Your first day of work isn’t much different in principle from […]
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Paying Employees on Maternity or Paternity Leave

April 5, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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As an employer, dealing with a pregnancy in the workplace can be a delicate situation. On the one hand, you want to be as supportive and congratulatory as possible. On the other hand, a part of you as a business owner wonders exactly how you’re going to fulfill so-and-so’s responsibilities for an undetermined amount of […]
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Anatomy of a Paycheck: What to Deduct and Why

March 25, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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Though tax and paycheck deductions are a routine part of any payroll process, employers and employees alike tend to question what, exactly, goes into the deduction formula. We all start out with a gross pay amount, but just how do payroll managers arrive at the net pay for each paycheck?   As an employer, there […]
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Your Small Business Can’t Afford to Ignore Cyber Security

March 3, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
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There have been quite a few big brand name data breaches and I.T. security failings in the news lately. However, don’t think your organization is excluded because small businesses actually have more of a risk of becoming a victim.     It is very important to take these cyber security threats seriously, instill precautionary measures […]
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Pros and Cons of Shared Office Space for Startups

March 1, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll for Startups Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
Shared workspaces, co-working, startup incubator, communal meeting space, temporary offices, bring-your-own-business — Shared office space goes by many different names, but the concept is essentially the same. If you don’t have the funds and resources to rent a business location, there are popular companies today that allow you to share an office or a conference […]
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