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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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Tips for Managing Your Agricultural Organization’s Workforce

March 6, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
From a payroll perspective, agriculture is a deceptively tricky field to master. To help you avoid fees, fatalities, and faux pas, here is a general guide on what you need to do to ensure that your workforce is safe and compliant.   Know the Age Limit Each state has its own definition of how old […]
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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects You as an Employer

March 1, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
It’s no secret that a number of complications accompany tax reform, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is no different. While plenty of the act’s provisions pertain to your employees, there are a few crucial employer-focused aspects as well, meaning that things ranging from possible deductions to company policy may have to change. If […]
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act & You: Payroll in 2018

February 7, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Each year brings new changes in how employers and employees alike must handle the following tax season, and 2018 is no different. Thanks to the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, you can expect changes to the way that you handle tax documents, exemptions, tax rates, fringe benefits, and more in the coming tax […]
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Gone Phishing: How HR & Payroll Pros Can Be Proactive Against Scams

January 31, 2018 | posted by Abacus Payroll
In wake of the recent W-2 phishing scams, you may be wondering how you can protect your business from phishing attacks. In short: you can’t. You can, however, educate your employees to ensure that phishing emails and other forms of communication go unanswered. Here are a few things to look for when trying to spot […]
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Retain Employees: Steps to Take to Reduce Chances of Payroll Errors

December 21, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
If you aren’t diligent about your payroll process, you might want to start double-checking. According to a recent study, nearly half of all employees will begin searching for a new job after only two payroll malfunctions. While mistakes certainly can happen regardless of caution and preparation, here are a few ways that you can cut […]
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Addressing Mental Health Days and Paid Time Off

December 18, 2017 | posted by Abacus Payroll
As Americans, we aren’t exactly renowned for our reasonable work weeks, maternity leave, or paid time off. Counterintuitively, this can lead to severely decreased productivity as well as stress symptoms and outright breakdowns. Instead of dismissing time off for mental recuperation as a scheme to get out of work, consider instead the following tips for […]
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