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Equal Pay for Equal Work: New Jersey’s Gender Pay Gap Solution

June 25, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
New Jersey Equal Pay Act Signed Into Law. In addition to the state’s new Paid Sick Leave law, there’s another significant change coming to New Jersey’s employment law landscape: As of July 1, 2018, New Jersey businesses will be required to provide proof that women receive the same pay for work equal to that performed by […]
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Revisiting Pay Cards: What Are Your Legal Obligations?

June 14, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
If you use pay cards to compensate your employees, you’re probably aware of your state’s regulations on the matter. As pay card implementation rises, however, so do the number of legal variables to consider. Here’s a breakdown on general pay card use and legislation. Pay Card Dos When implementing a pay card system, obtain written […]
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The Perfect Fit: HR and Your Business Size

June 5, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
How big does my business have to be before HR is a requirement? Human Resources, or HR, is an integral component in most large businesses—but what about smaller ones? If you’re here, you’re probably already wondering whether or not you should hire an HR professional. While HR isn’t always necessary for small businesses and startups, […]
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Summer Hiring and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

May 30, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
While summer can be a time for some businesses to relax a bit on the hiring front, there are seasonal industries where the need for additional employees picks up in the warmer months. From construction to tourism to agriculture and groundskeeping, if your business is expanding its team, bringing on additional help this summer, or […]
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Pay Cards in Agriculture

May 22, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
You’ve probably heard about standard businesses using pay cards as an alternative to traditional paper checks. If you own an agricultural business or work in a related setting, you might consider the benefits of implementing such a system for your business as well. Here are a few ways your agricultural business could benefit from using […]
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How New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Law Affects You

May 8, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
In May 2018, New Jersey became the tenth state to mandate paid sick leave, expanding earned paid time off to cover nearly 1.2 million employees within the private sector. As an employer in New Jersey, you’re probably aware of the major components of the bill signed by Governor Murphy, the short version being that paid […]
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Startup Corner: 4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your First Employees

May 3, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
When managing a startup, there are about a thousand different liabilities to keep track of at any given time; fortunately, your employees don’t have to be a part of that statistic. Whether you’re just learning about the startup process or you’re actively in the hiring phase, here are four questions you should ask (and answer) […]
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Gifts, Employees, and the IRS

April 25, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Whether or not employers should give gifts to their employees is an oft-debated topic. The ethical side of office gift-giving is up to you, but whatever you decide must also take into account IRS regulations for taxing gifts. Here are a few things you should know about handling gifts for employees, as well as a […]
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Cyberbullying in the Workplace

April 23, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Cyberbullying is one of the most potent forms of modern-day harassment, and it isn’t likely to go away any time soon. You can’t truly control your employees’ interactions with others online, but establishing a strict and thorough policy regarding online conduct will help cut down on workplace drama and improve employee wellbeing. Here are a […]
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Paying Employees for Travel: What’s Required by Law

March 29, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Employee Travel What to Legally Pay For
While the line separating work-related expenses and personal expenses can be blurry, delineating between paid and non-paid travel time is its own payroll nightmare. Here are some examples of what does—and what doesn’t—constitute paid travel according to law. Commuting vs. Travelling The first thing you need to understand is the difference between “commute time” and […]
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