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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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How to Successfully Rehire a Former Employee

August 31, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
At some point in your career, you may have the opportunity to hire a former employee, whether to reprise their former role or fill a new opening. While rehiring has a few glaring theoretical disadvantages, it’s actually a fairly economical way to get your team back up to speed—provided you go about the process correctly. […]
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Taking Your Company from Pet-Empty to Pet-Friendly

August 27, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
A big company perk can be a pet-friendly atmosphere. Continue reading to find out what you need to consider before allowing Fido and friends in the workplace.   An increasing number of companies throughout the country are expanding their on-site policies to include pet initiatives, and the reason for doing so is surprisingly simple: pet-friendly […]
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4 Consequences of Ignoring HR Issues

August 2, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
HR problems are simultaneously easy to overlook and devastating when left unchecked. As an employer, it can be all too easy to focus on larger, more obvious problems while your HR department’s concerns fall by the wayside; unfortunately, your company’s HR issues can turn into business-wide catastrophes when not properly addressed. Here are a few […]
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Toxic Employees & How to Handle Them

July 23, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
While a colloquially “toxic” employee has historically included anyone from the guy with garlic breath to borderline sociopaths, your average toxic employee is just a negative influence who ultimately detracts from your bottom line by decreasing morale and creating a hostile work environment. If you’re currently dealing with a toxic employee, here are a few […]
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