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Small Business Payroll Guide

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Payroll Basics: FAQs for Getting Started with Payroll for Your Business

July 11, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Happy employees are employees who are accurately paid on time each pay day. That’s one area of running a business where no one likes surprises. However, navigating payroll setup for a new business can get overwhelming quickly if you’re not organized or partnered with an outsourced payroll specialist. Following is a comprehensive list of frequently-asked-questions […]
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What is the Right Retirement Plan for Employees?

July 8, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Small businesses and self-employed individuals often tune out when conversations or articles about pension plans come up. That’s just for big business, they think, not for little guys like us. But small firms can tap into the tax breaks of pension plans more easily than they might imagine. Pension plans provide tax deductions for the […]
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Family Leave Expansion for New Jersey Employees

July 1, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
The FMLA is always a hot area to debate, and it’s normal to see legislature slightly expanding—or restricting—this vital component of workers’ rights. However, the Family Leave Act (FLA) and Family Leave Insurance (FLI) bills signed in New Jersey will drastically expand the parameters of past FMLA regulations, meaning you’ll have to be ready to […]
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5 Ways to Diversify Your Workplace

June 26, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Diversity—a buzzword in any hiring environment—is both tricky to master and devastating to mess up. While diverse hiring has potential to introduce some feelings of discomfort due to social stigmas surrounding discussions on race, gender, and so on, it’s important to ensure that your workplace—and, thus, your employee pool—is as accepting as possible. As a […]
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Did You Receive a NJ Assessment Notice? Here’s What You Need to Know

June 24, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
New Jersey employers: Have you received your annual assessment notice this year? Each year the New Jersey Department of Labor distributes assessment notices to New Jersey Employers to supplement fund programs that are not covered by contributions from payroll taxes. Do not be alarmed when receiving this notice. It is not a penalty of any type, […]
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All-Access Payroll: Why You Should Implement Self-Service

June 14, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
If you own a business, chances are that you at least remember a time when HR services and payroll duties required both strictly paper-based resources and actual human interaction. With the rise of technology and tech awareness, however, your employees most likely don’t want to schedule an appointment with HR just to see how many […]
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6 Tips for Making Smarter Hiring Decisions

June 11, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Hiring and training new employees is one of the toughest jobs you face as a manager or business owner. Even when there are plenty of applicants, finding the right one is still time-consuming. Here are some tips for each stage of the process – from identifying your requirements to interviewing candidates. 1. Know Exactly What […]
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How Not to Lose Your Best Employees

June 4, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
In today’s tight labor market, finding and retaining top talent can be daunting. Ideally, you’ll discover and hire workers who fit your company culture, sign on to its mission, and stick around for the long haul. But retaining your “best and brightest” can be a balancing act. Here are five suggestions: 1. Focus on culture. […]
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Updating Your Employer Handbook for 2019

May 31, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Your employee handbook should be a go-to compendium of resources to help both you and your employees keep your workplace compliant and employee-friendly. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy for you to let your employee handbook’s contents go without an update for long enough that it no longer mentions relevant criteria, thus landing you […]
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Better Job Descriptions for Better Hiring

May 22, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
While not a required aspect of the hiring process, a proper job description can be the difference between a well-oiled machine and total pandemonium. Unfortunately, what can be a pivotal document often becomes overburdened with legalese, tired phrases, and a profound lack of inspiration. Here are a few ways you can attract inspired candidates and […]
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