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2021 FFCRA Updates for Employers and Employees

April 7, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Following the American Rescue Plan Act passed on March 11, 2021, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid sick leave tax credits have been expanded.   As an employer or an employee, here’s what you need to know about what is still available in 2021.   Background on Paid COVID-19 Leave and Employer Credits […]
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WEBINAR – Virtual Onboarding

March 3, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Abacus Payroll, Inc. and Alloy Silverstein announce our upcoming webinar on the importance of successful virtual onboarding for your remote workforce featuring guest speaker John Baldino, MSHRD SPHR SHRM-SCP. Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Time: 10:00 AM ET Register: Click Here     Virtual Onboarding: A Link, A Plan, A Heartbeat, and a Little Bit […]
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Payroll FAQs

February 24, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
What is your payroll FAQ about? Federal Taxes Q: As an employer, what are my federal payroll tax responsibilities for 2021? A: FICA rates require a 6.2% Social Security tax and 1.45% Medicare tax.  There is an additional Medicare surtax of 0.9% for incomes exceeding $200,000 to be withheld from each employee’s paycheck. The employer’s match […]
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Available Tax Credits for Employers Voluntarily Extending Paid Leave

February 17, 2021 | posted by Abacus Payroll
While we have entered a new year, the COVID-19 pandemic is still surging through the country. There are important changes to paid sick leave regarding the coronavirus that employers should know about. No Mandatory Extension of the FFCRA The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law in March of 2020. This law […]
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NJ Minimum Wage Updates for 2021

December 17, 2020 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Back in 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law and set in motion a 5-year plan to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. Most businesses will increase from $11 to $12 per hour at the start of the year. As a small business employer, here’s what you need to know […]
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Tips for Successfully Hiring & Onboarding Virtually

July 15, 2020 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Even if your business is up and running as usual, you may not be willing to bring in multiple people into the office for interviewing. Many businesses are continuing to operate remotely for the foreseeable future.  Therefore, virtually hiring and onboarding is the “new normal” for most businesses. Here are some tips to help you […]
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Supporting Diverse Employees in the Workplace

June 25, 2020 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Being an inclusive and accepting workplace is not only right for societal reasons but important for your business.  Having a team of individuals of different races, genders, sexualities, religions, and more can help bring in fresh perspectives and ideas to your business.  A diverse workforce can better understand different customers and what they may be […]
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Form W4: Have Your Employees Updated Their Federal and State Forms?

June 24, 2020 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll 101 is withholding the appropriate amount of federal, state, and local income taxes for all employees. How do you know what to deduct? It is up to the employee to fill out a Form W4. Earlier this year, the IRS introduced a new Federal W4 Form for employee income tax withholdings. If an employee […]
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What to Know About the New I-9 Form

May 12, 2020 | posted by Abacus Payroll
As of May 1, 2020, all employers must use the new I-9 form to verify employment in the United States. I-9 forms are to be filled out by employers for any and all employees for identification and authorization of employment status.  Both the employer and employee are required to fill out the form I-9.   […]
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Back to Work: Post-Pandemic Procedures

May 11, 2020 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Returning to the workplace after the quarantine is exciting, stressful, and uncertain. While there are many reactions to reopening and vital phases to return to normalcy, the most important aspect is safety.  Here are some considerations for planning to reopen your business post-pandemic.   Phases to Opening An important part of reopening after being shut […]
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