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IRS announces 401(K) contribution limits for 2018

on Dec 14, 2017 6:03:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Payroll Benefits
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just increased the 401(k) contribution limit for 2018. In 2018, investors will be able to contribute up to $18,500 of their paycheck to their workplace retirement plan. This increase is $500 above the previous limit. It's also the IRS's first increase since 2015.
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Does your vacation and PTO carry over to the New Year?

on Dec 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Human resources Benefits
With the end of the calendar year fast approaching, many employers are reminding employees that the company’s policy does not allow for the carryover of unused vacation time or paid time off (PTO) to the next calendar year or that there is a limit on the amount of time that may be carried over from one year to the next.
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Understanding how COBRA works

on Oct 30, 2017 7:24:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Benefits
Losing their jobs can be a big financial hit for employees, but losing health benefits can be catastrophic. But the U.S. government has passed the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, commonly called COBRA, which gives some terminated workers the right to temporarily – for 18 months – continue participating in their former employer's group health plan.
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How to apply for an SBA loan

on Sep 27, 2017 6:58:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Labor law Benefits
Since 1953, the Small Business Administration (part of the Department of Commerce) has helped entrepreneurs get capital to start and expand their businesses. The SBA doesn't make grants to businesses, but rather provides loan guarantees to encourage participating banks to make loans to small businesses.
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Thinking about offering a student loan repayment benefit?

on Sep 20, 2017 6:36:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Human resources Benefits
Businesses looking to attract new employees must distinguish themselves from the competition, especially if they’re unable to pay salaries above the market value. Creative benefits often do the trick, particularly if they address specific needs.
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How to notify your employees about New York Paid Family Leave

We've been publishing a lot of content about New York's new Paid Family Leave program, that fully goes into effect on January 1, 2018. This article will simply focus on one of the key employer obligations - providing written notice to all employees about the new program.
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How payroll management can be different for public sector agencies

on Jun 30, 2017 8:37:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Payroll Benefits
Government municipalities and public sector agencies represent a unique environment when it comes to payroll and tax compliance. Much more so than a typical private entity, the finances of public or governmental agencies are under scrutiny, so their payroll and tax calculation systems need to be incredibly accurate and in strict compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations.
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State releases Paid Family Leave deduction rate

Paid Family Leave in New York is an insurance policy that virtually all employers in New York State are required to offer their employees effective January 1, 2018. The program is being funded by the employees themselves through a mandatory payroll deduction on each employee paycheck. It is not the same as FMLA.
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Trump's budget plan reported to include National Paid Family Leave

President Donald Trump is set to announce his first detailed budget request today. Here's a quote directly from The Washington Post... The president’s first detailed budget request on Tuesday will seek funds for the creation of a program to grant mothers and fathers six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, two senior White House budget office officials said.
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Can NY employees now stack FMLA leave with Paid Family Leave?

FMLA and New York's Paid Family Leave are similar in that they both provide job-protected leave to qualifying employees to handle personal responsibilities like caring for a newborn or an immediate family member with a serious illness. However, they are two different programs and should be treated as such. That said, it still raises a lot of questions about how the two programs may interface or overlap with one another. Regarding this question, this post will set the record straight.
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