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Small Business Payroll Guide

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Why 2022 is the Time to Update Your Employee Handbook

March 10, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Federal, state and local labor laws are changing constantly. Safety has taken center stage, remote and hybrid options are the norm, and diversity, equity and inclusion are essential. So much has changed in the past 24 months that it is difficult for businesses to keep up. However, doing so and keeping your employee handbook current […]
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Tips for Managing Managers

March 7, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Managing people is one thing, but anyone with experience of managing managers will know that’s a completely different ball game. A management team that works in complete harmony is a rare and beautiful thing, but it never comes easy. In fact, it’s paradoxical to think it should ever be that a group of people with […]
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How to Manage Customer Wait Times Without Hiring More People

March 2, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Every minute counts when it comes to the customer experience for your small business. We also know that every dollar counts when it comes to your business budget. However, due to the ongoing pandemic and recent labor shortage, many businesses are trying to keep up with the customer demand with less staff on hand. Balancing […]
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Addressing Burnout: 8 Suggestions for Employers

March 1, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
There really isn’t a single person who has come out of the past two years unscathed. Whether you’re a business owner facing labor shortages, a parent juggling virtual learning, an employee trying to make work-from-home work, it’s safe to say stress and anxiety is at a high point. This can be especially true for professions […]
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Cannabis Laws Protecting Employees

February 23, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
With medical and recreational cannabis now legal in 18 states including New Jersey, New York, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Arizona, Colorado, and more, it is important to know how new laws regarding marijuana could impact your business. Further Reading: Marijuana and Your Workplace – Developing an Effective Cannabis Policy   Drug-Testing and a Drug Free Workplace […]
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How to Make Work-from-Home Work for Your Team

February 14, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Now more than ever, more companies are exploring their options when it comes to employees working remotely. There are numerous reasons for doing so: Increased worker morale More flexibility in work schedules Enhanced cost savings by not paying for office space. With all the benefits, it makes sense that employers are considering whether or not […]
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What Payroll Records Do I Need to Keep?

February 10, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), every employer must keep certain accurate records for each non-exempt worker that has proof of hours worked and wages earned. This backup information is essential to have on-hand in event of a wage-and-hour audit. Required Payroll Recordkeeping The following is a listing of the basic records that an […]
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Still Doing Your Own Payroll? Here’s 3 Reasons Why You Should Stop

February 4, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
At face value, it seems like a great idea. If you’re a small business owner with just a few employees, you probably think that hiring a payroll specialist is an expense that you can avoid. You feel that you can handle it yourself. You have the best intentions to keep your staff paid right and […]
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Eight Characteristics of Successful Small Businesses

February 2, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
There are many important characteristics to have when running a successful small business. International researchers who have studied many small businesses have found that these characteristics consistently play a part in the success of small companies. The eight characteristics are: Owners leading by example Having a simple business structure Information sharing among employees Staff are […]
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New Year, New Payroll

January 26, 2022 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Now that we are nearly one month into 2022, it is important to take a look at your business and assess your solutions and strategies to consider what improvements you can make for the new year. An important part of your small business operations to take a look at is payroll. Are you as efficient […]
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