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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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Data Security is Important and Here are Some Tips

on Jul 24, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments |
Complete Payroll takes our clients' data security and privacy very seriously. That is why we are sharing some helpful tips with you to increase your cyber awareness knowledge to protect yourself.  These are just a handful of behaviors you should train yourself to include in your daily rituals.
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Avoid the Top 5 Mistakes With Certified Payroll

on Jul 22, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Payroll Time and labor
Anyone can learn to file Certified Payroll with the Department of Labor, but there are a lot of mistakes that can ruin your hard work! Certified Payroll mistakes can cost your company money and hurt your chances of getting federally-funded construction contracts. In a worst-case scenario, filing inaccurate Certified Payroll documents can even lead to prosecution and imprisonment.
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EEOC and ADA Stances on High School Diplomas for Hiring

on Jul 19, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
In today’s competitive job market, employers look to hire well-qualified, diverse, talented, skilled, experienced, and educated candidates for job positions.  Often, job postings and requirements specify minimum qualifications for prospective candidates to satisfy in order to be considered. Many employers are aware of the risk of discrimination claims affecting those from protected classes, and education background is one hiring criterion that is easily taken for granted. 
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Onboarding Strategies: How to Welcome a New Employee

on Jul 17, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Human resources
Congratulations!  The hard part is over—you’ve finally hired someone.  You now have a new “employee.”  That means you need to give the person the tools to be the best employee he or she can be, and that process starts on Day One.
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Should it be Vacation Time or Just PTO?

on Jul 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 1 Comment | Labor law Employees Human resources Benefits
Traditionally, employers offered separate paid time off benefits to employees, such as paid vacation, sick leave and personal days.  However, in the past decade, many companies have moved to a more flexible Paid Time Off or “PTO” benefit that incorporates all policies into one all-inclusive PTO plan. The debate as to whether employers benefit from offering PTO versus separate vacation, sick and personal leave plans is constantly being researched. In an effort to assist employers in making an informed decision in this regard, below are some advantages and disadvantages of combining the company’s separate paid time off benefits into a single Paid Time-Off (PTO) plan.
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Tracking the Hours Worked for Your Exempt Employees

on Jul 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 3 Comments | Labor law Employees Payroll Time and labor
To be classified as exempt, the employee’s job generally must satisfy both a salary basis test and a duties basis test. Exempt employees generally must be paid on a salary basis, meaning they must be paid a fixed salary each week. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) enforces regulations that define the salary basis requirement to satisfy the exempt status tests. Exempt, Administrative, Executive, and Professional employees must be paid a predetermined amount each pay period that is at least the minimum weekly salary required by the regulations. The current federal minimum is $455 per week (expected to be ~$679 starting in January 2020). However, some states require a significantly higher minimum weekly salary to satisfy this test (New York is among them). The amount paid may not be reduced because of a variation in the quality or quantity of the work performed. 
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Three Ways HR Makes Employment More Profitable

on Jul 10, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 1 Comment | Human resources Human Capital Management
Human resources covers a lot of territory—much of it cluttered with paperwork—but it really does have a precise business purpose. The point of HR is to make employment more profitable. HR does this in three fundamental ways. First, HR protects the organization against employment-related lawsuits and fines. Second, it reduces the costs of employment. And third, it maximizes employee productivity. In short, HR helps the employer save money and make money in all things related to employment.
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How Long Does it Take to do Certified Payroll?

on Jul 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 1 Comment | Labor law Employees Payroll Human resources Time and labor
In recent posts, we have covered the importance of complying with federal laws like the Davis-Bacon Act through a process called Certified Payroll. Need a quick refresher? Certified Payroll means that you submit a weekly version of from WH-347 to the Department of Labor. All construction-related employers who hire workers to complete federal contracts must go through this process, and the penalties for non-compliance are significant, coming in the form of fines, being barred from federal contracts, and serving even prison time. The main goal of this is to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act, which protects employees from unethical employers by requiring workers on federal construction contracts worth over $2000 to be paid the prevailing wage in the area.
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PeopleWork 09 - Ginine Capozzi on Employee Training & Engagement

on Jul 2, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 3 Comments | PeopleWork
In this episode of PeopleWork, we had the pleasure of visiting Ginine Capozzi from KnowledgeForce Consulting at her home office in Buffalo, New York to discuss the importance of employee training programs and developing a culture of learning in the workplace. Ginine shared a ton of insights that should be valuable to business owners, HR managers or anyone that's responsible for managing and elevating a workforce of people. Watch the video or read the entire transcript of the conversation below. And find links to get in touch with Ginine at the bottom of this page!
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The Importance of Certified Payroll for Construction, Waste Disposal, and Manufacturing

on Jul 1, 2019 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Payroll Time and labor
“Certified Payroll” almost sounds like a special option that any company can choose in order to make their payroll super official and by-the-book. We wouldn’t blame someone for misunderstanding the concept the first time they heard of it. After all, we all know about certified letters, certified checks, and certified organic foods. In each of these categories of certification, an outside organization or entity verifies your work, and you reap the benefits.
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