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We do payroll, HR, timekeeping and more for employers all over the country from a small, rural town in Upstate New York. And we're constantly publishing articles and other resources to help business owners, HR managers or anyone that helps manage a workforce. Welcome to Payroll Country!

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Should You Bother Allocating Labor Costs in Your Business?

on Aug 20, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Human resources Time and labor
When you’re really small, you can often save time and money in ways that larger businesses can’t. Need an all-hands meeting? You can turn your chairs around and talk to all five of your employees easily. Not sure what your customers think about your new product? The odds are good you probably know many of them personally and can just ask the next time you see them around town.
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Ashley Explains E02: Properly Classifying Employees and Independent Contractors (VIDEO)

on Aug 17, 2018 8:58:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Ashley Explains
Welcome to the next episode of a brand new video series that we're calling "Ashley Explains," where our resident tax guru, Ashley Hamilton, lays down the facts about tax! In this episode, Ashley Explains the difference between Employees and Independent Contractors, and the importance of classifying them correctly. Enjoy!
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How to Set Policies for Time Off Requests

on Aug 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Time and labor
When you begin to hire employees for your business, you’ll begin to encounter requests for time off. This is true even if you don’t offer paid time off as a benefit; most people will eventually want or need time off for holidays, medical appointments, vacations, or to manage responsibilities in their personal lives.
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How to Stop Buddy Punching

on Aug 15, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Time and labor
No matter your business’ size, type, or industry, timekeeping is a critical factor in managing both productivity and costs. And unlike many products and procedures, it requires input from employees on all levels and in all departments, multiple times a day. Even when everyone is acting in good faith, there are inevitably errors that need to be corrected, from missed punches to double punches to incorrectly categorized time.
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Features to Look For When Considering a Time and Attendance Software

on Aug 13, 2018 1:41:18 PM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Time and labor
Once your business gets beyond the solo stage and you start hiring employees, time and attendance software becomes a must-have. Without a good timekeeping system, everything from payroll to taxes to measuring productivity and growth goes a little haywire. Each business is different, and the features that will serve your needs best will differ somewhat depending on what they are.
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Ashley Explains E01: How Payroll Taxes are Calculated (VIDEO)

on Aug 10, 2018 12:26:20 PM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Ashley Explains
Welcome to the very first episode of a brand new video series that we're calling "Ashley Explains," where our resident tax guru, Ashley Hamilton, lays down the facts about tax! In this episode, Ashley Explains how payroll taxes are calculated in New York State. Enjoy!
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When Your Family Business Outgrows the Family - Tips for Hiring, Onboarding and Beyond

on Aug 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Payroll Human resources
Family businesses can bring both joy and pain to the families that own and run them. They can foster family unity, give members a common goal, and ensure that the business itself is built on shared values. They can also become a point of dissention as familial relationships and business relationships experience constant muddling. Differentiating between Janet-my-mother and Janet-my-manager can be tricky when both are frustrated with you.
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Drawing the Line Between Insourcing and Outsourcing For Marketing Purposes

on Aug 7, 2018 11:56:13 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Time and labor
Recently our Director of Marketing, CJ Maurer, was interviewed on the Inbound Back Office podcast to discuss drawing the line between insourcing and outsourcing from a marketing perspective. This is definitely a departure from our normal content which focuses on payroll and Human Capital Management, but we figured we'd share it for all the small business owners and marketing professionals out there. Listen to the interview or read the full transcription below.
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Know Your Forms: Employees vs. Independent Contractors

on Aug 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Payroll Human resources
When you’re bringing someone on board to do work for you, there is always a fair amount of paperwork involved. Tax forms, contracts, non-disclosure agreements … the list goes on and on.
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Do I Need to Pay New Employees That Are Still in Training?

on Aug 3, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Payroll Human resources Time and labor
It can be frustrating to spend days or even months training a new employee to take on the responsibilities of their role, only to have them leave before they’re ever producing value for your business. It’s enough to make some employees wonder: if people actually pay for training from schools and other organizations, why am I paying people for the training that my business provides?
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