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Small Business Payroll Guide

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What Your Small Business Needs to Know about Hiring an Intern

August 26, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll Paying Interns
As a small business owner, labor costs likely account for one of the largest portions of your profit, so finding ways to get around that investment always sounds appealing. Does hiring an unpaid intern seem like a great way to do just that? The problem is, without meeting the qualifications the Fair Labor Standards Act […]
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Can I Use Spanish I-9 Forms When Managing My Farm’s Payroll?

August 6, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
I9 Payroll Forms Farms Spanish
Though many websites offer downloadable or online I-9 forms in Spanish as well as in English, the IRS only validates the Spanish version of the form for Puerto Rican citizens, and the IRS requires the English version of the forms from residents of any other U.S. state or territory. Unfortunately, many farm owners make the […]
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How to Know if the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Applies to Your Business

July 27, 2015 | posted by Christopher Cicalese, CPA
As your small business ramps up and you hire more employees, you may be subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which designates rules regarding minimum wage, child labor, overtime pay, employee leave, and more. While you don’t want to be a tyrant of an employer who demands unrealistic hours for less-than-standard pay, it […]
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3 Areas to Assess in a Midyear Payroll Review

July 15, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
It’s hard to believe we are already more than halfway through 2015. While June and July can be slower months for business, it’s an opportune time to assess your company’s processes and perform a midyear payroll review.     Following are three actions a business owner, HR specialist, or payroll processor should assess before any […]
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Worker Classification for New Jersey Employers Now as Easy as A-B-C

July 8, 2015 | posted by Mike Engleman, CPA
New Jersey Employers: Familiarize yourself with the A-B-C criteria to avoid worker misclassification tax and payroll issues down the line.
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Fighting Small Business Payroll Fraud

June 23, 2015 | posted by Ren Cicalese III, CPA, MST
Payroll Fraud
Even the smallest acts of internal theft can add up to a big problem for your business. Be aware of the most common approaches to fraud so you can put a plan in place to combat it and safeguard your company’s finances.
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Pros and Cons of Paying Your Employees with Pay Cards

May 15, 2015 | posted by Adrienne M. Onorato
Pay cards
There’s not a one-size-fits-all payment program appropriate for all organizations. Learn about the pay card alternative and if it would be a welcome offering to your small business employees.
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Key Things Every Farmer Should Know About Piecework Pay

April 21, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Piecework pay
Piecework pay rates can be a great way to reward employees for their hard work, but what are the rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act? Abacus Payroll's Linda Colacicco gives farmers a summary of the key things you need to know.
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Do You Need to Pay Nanny Tax?

April 13, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Nanny Tax
Do you need to pay nanny tax? Find out more about tax breaks and credits for employers of nannies and other domestic workers.
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Small Businesses: Get the Lowdown on Paid Sick Leave in Philadelphia

April 1, 2015 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Paid Sick Leave in Philadelphia
Paid sick leave in Philadelphia comes into effect on May 13 2015. We give small businesses the low down a well as tips for staying compliant.
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