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5 Questions to Answer in Your Job Posting

February 12, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Even though job interviews garner a lot of attention, the postings which lead to them are even more important. Think of job postings as your side of the interview process: your ideal posting must hook a candidate from your target demographic, incentivize them to put a fair amount of time into crafting a worthy application, […]
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New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Set to Increase to $15 an Hour

February 1, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
On January 31, 2019, New Jersey State Legislature approved legislature proposed by Governor Phil Murphy and state leaders earlier in the month to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. While the Governor is expected to sign the bill into law on Monday, February 4, employers will have some time to prepare and adjust […]
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100 Percent Commissions in Your Business

January 31, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Commission work is still widely questioned from an ethical standpoint, and employing workers on a 100 percent commissions basis carries a heavy stigma. Here’s what you need to know to keep your commission-based business compliant, ethical, and successful. Defining Commissions Before you delve into your payroll, make sure that your business fits the parameters of […]
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A Look at Payroll in 2019

January 25, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Do you have a New Year’s resolution when it comes to easier, more streamlined payroll each pay period? A recent study of small business owners with two to 500 employees posed the question “What changes do you plan to make to your payroll process over the next 12 months?“ Survey responses included: Top Five Payroll […]
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HR Alert: DOL’s New Internship Guidelines

November 1, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Internships provide efficient ways to groom potential employees for your firm without the hefty onboarding training—and, in many cases, salary—which accompanies an actual employee. Unfortunately, some employers violate the extent to which an unpaid intern can remain unpaid, often without even know what the limitations are. For this reason, the DOL created a test earlier […]
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Time to Prepare Third Quarter Payroll Reports

October 22, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Don’t forget ‐ October is the month for preparing third-quarter 2018 payroll reports. As you begin gathering the information you’ll send to federal, state and local governments, check your compliance in these four key areas:   Wages. Federal and state laws spell out your responsibilities for meeting minimum wage and overtime pay, as well as […]
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4 Payroll Challenges for Seasonal Businesses

October 18, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Hiring any employee is an involved process, but taking on a short-term employee comes with its own set of complications. Whether you’re thinking about starting a seasonal business or you’re gearing up for this year’s madness, finding people to fill your positions is only one of the issues you’ll face. Here are a few ways […]
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Marijuana and Your Workplace: Developing an Effective Cannabis Policy

October 3, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
In the era of decriminalized marijuana, you may find yourself struggling to keep a drug-free workplace while accommodating recreational or medical users. While your first instinct may be to initiate consistent drug tests, the truth of the matter is that vigilance and clear policy are more effective in the long run. Here are a few […]
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Avoiding Labor Poster Fees

September 26, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
If you own a company of any size, you’re probably familiar with labor posters. Labor posters—those placards with information about employees’ rights—are unsightly but mandatory wall décor for every workplace, and the penalties for not putting them up are stiff. Here’s what you need to know to avoid labor poster-based fees in 2018. Risk and […]
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The Flu and You: Keeping the Flu Out of Your Workplace

September 24, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Flu season, which can extend until May, is no laughing matter; it’s not uncommon to lose several employees for a week or more at a time, and even one in-house instance of sickness can spell doom for the rest of the office. Fortunately, there are several measures that you can take to prevent the flu […]
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