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Small Business Payroll Guide

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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
welcoming a new employee and what to do
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
Small business maternity leave payroll and leave policy
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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Leap Year 2016: Does an Extra Day Affect Payroll?

February 4, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Leap Year Payroll Help February
2016 is another Leap Year. How does adding February 29 to the calendar affect payroll, pay day, paychecks, and more at your small business? Read on to find out.     Despite the leap year’s clockwork appearance every four years, employers always seem to struggle with the idea of an extra day on payroll. For […]
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Always on the Menu: Restaurant Payroll Challenges

January 28, 2016 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Restaurant Payroll Tips
When you dream of opening a restaurant, running payroll isn’t always the first concern. However, restaurant payroll has it’s own challenges and obstacles that employers need to be aware of.     The restaurant scene can be chaotic at best. Even if you forget the factor of newly trained employees and the resulting record errors, […]
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