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Considering Employee Raises? Review These Ideas

December 16, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Deciding how to administer employee raises can perplex even the most seasoned managers. How often should raises be given? Should they be given across the board to all workers? If staff turnover is increasing, can you turn back the tide by granting raises to the most productive workers? There’s a lot to consider. As you […]
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Instilling Technology Awareness in Your Employees

December 9, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Technology, for all its benefits, can be one of the most divisive areas of use in the workplace. While you may not want to call out technology-illiterate employees for fear of getting accused of discrimination, the truth of the matter is that all of your employees need to be at the same level of technological […]
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How to Handle Annual Performance Reviews in Your Small Business

December 1, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Annual performance reviews provide, in theory, a welcome check-in and debrief period for employees and employers alike. Unfortunately, arbitrary rating criteria and a lack of communication between employers and employees can lead to annual performance reviews becoming nothing more than busy work that’s dreaded by everyone involved. While critiquing an employee’s performance never gets easier […]
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5 Reasons Your Franchise Should Outsource Payroll

November 25, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Payroll is a great candidate for outsourcing due to its often-complex nature and the consequences that accompany easy-to-make errors. While hiring a third party to handle your company’s payroll services usually sounds like a solution reserved for small businesses, a business—or franchise—of any size can benefit from one less thing to keep track of. Here […]
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How to Motivate and Evaluate Employees

October 8, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
A motivated staff is a productive staff, and without incentives, your best people could leave for more satisfying endeavors. Pay and benefits are important, but they’re only the beginning. Motivate Employees to Excel To retain your best people, do the following: Establish reasonable, objective work standards, and base rewards and promotions on those standards. Communicate […]
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Managing Overtime: 7 Common Questions

October 3, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
Despite its frequent usage across occupations, overtime remains an elusively curious phenomenon from a payroll perspective—especially if you’re new to calculating your own company’s payroll. Overtime is expensive to maintain and even pricier to screw up; for that reason, we’re addressing some of the most common questions you’re likely to have about overtime so that […]
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Tax Season Lessons: The Importance of a Paycheck Checkup

October 1, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
In years past, the IRS has encouraged taxpayers to double-check their form W-4s to ensure that they’re paying the right amount in taxes—often to no avail. Even if you haven’t suffered the repercussions of an out-of-date W-4, here are a few steps you can take to make sure you don’t have an unexpectedly high tax […]
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DOL Announces Final Overtime Rules for 2020

September 26, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
After several years of attempting to get proposed overtime changes off the ground, the U.S. Department of Labor announced on September 24, 2019 a final rule to make 1.3 million additional American workers eligible for overtime pay. The new provisions update the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) regulations and minimum salary thresholds in which executive, […]
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4 Benefits of Outsourcing HR

September 24, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
A human resources department is one of the most crucial—and chronically overworked—sections of any successful business, but the fact of the matter is that not every business is large enough to warrant a full-time HR team. If this is the case for you, it’s still possible to reap the benefits of a fully functional HR […]
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Wage Theft Act Enacted in New Jersey

September 23, 2019 | posted by Abacus Payroll
On August 6, 2019, the New Jersey Acting Governor, Sheila Oliver, signed into law the New Jersey Wage Theft Act (the “Act”), which modifies New Jersey’s existing wage and hour laws to protect employees from unfair pay practices. The Act is one of the strongest anti-theft protection laws in the U.S. and has gone into […]
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