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Some tips on how to prepare for unemployment telephone hearings

on Feb 21, 2018 4:59:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
We speak with many employers who are shocked after they experience their first unemployment telephone hearing. In general, they report feeling unprepared for the formality of the proceeding, and overwhelmed by the legal procedures to which they were required to adhere. 
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Giving new hires a trial run as independent contractors

on Feb 20, 2018 5:34:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Labor law Employees Human resources
Independent Contractors have been a common addition to many organizations for years, but have increased in use over the past several years as companies have shed their staff headcount.  Independent Contractors are secured either directly and work in a 1099 capacity or they are brought into an organization via the route of a third party staffing or placement agency.
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Some insight on home office deductions

on Feb 12, 2018 6:57:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Labor law
First, with very few exceptions, the part of your home you use for your business must exclusively and regularly be used for the business, not personal activities. As an example, if you worked 40 hours a week in the home office but allowed your children to play video games on your home office computer, then you would not qualify for the deduction. Typically, the home office would be one room, a group of rooms or a part of a room as long as the partition is clear.
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Estimating business taxes

on Feb 9, 2018 7:18:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Labor law
When you work for someone else, your employer generally takes out an appropriate amount of taxes from your paycheck for your federal taxes. But when you're self-employed, a sole proprietor or the owner of an S-corporation, you're responsible for paying your federal taxes both as an individual and as a business owner. Estimated taxes are taxes set aside and paid during the course of the year in anticipation of owing the government a certain amount of tax at the end of the year.
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6 important business tax deductions

on Feb 8, 2018 7:37:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Labor law
"You can deduct that — it's a business expense" is often casually tossed around, as if it gives business managers carte blanche to put anything they want on their tax forms. But the reality is more nuanced.
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Department of Labor adopts a new unpaid intern test

on Jan 23, 2018 4:18:21 PM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
Earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) adopted a new test for unpaid interns. Employers should use this test—called the primary beneficiary test—when determining if a worker can be properly classified as an unpaid intern or if they need to be classified as an employee and paid minimum wage and overtime. The test adopted by the DOL has already been in use in four federal appellate courts, most recently the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The DOL’s switch to the primary beneficiary test creates a nationwide standard.
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OSHA 300A forms must be posted by February 1

on Jan 22, 2018 7:31:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that all employers with more than 10 employees—except those in exempt low-risk industries—maintain a record of work-related injuries and illnesses. Those who are required to maintain these records should use OSHA’s Form 300: Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses or an equivalent state-specific form.
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Polygraph tests and labor law poster compliance

on Jan 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
As the U.S. Department of Labor explains, businesses may have to display one or more posters explaining various rights employees have, depending on the kinds of work the company does. Many of these companies will have to hang the "polygraph" or "lie detector" poster, which details the restrictions on the use of these devices. With few restrictions, "any employer engaged in or affecting commerce or in the production of goods for commerce" must display this poster.
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Understanding employer pay obligations for travel time

on Jan 18, 2018 2:16:23 PM By | Complete Payroll | 3 Comments | Labor law Employees Payroll Human resources
For many employers, sending employees out into the big, wide world to perform their job duties is an everyday occurrence. However, many employers are not aware of the situational details that may make time compensable or not compensable for non-exempt employees. Employers must consider both state and federal law surrounding travel time pay and then apply the most generous policy to the employee.  
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The top trending employment laws in 2018

on Jan 11, 2018 10:44:05 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Human resources
When a city or state passes a new kind of employment law or practice, you can expect other locations to follow their lead. We’ve seen this with paid sick leave, ban the box, social media privacy laws, and other legislation. This year will have its own trending employment laws and best practices. Here are a few to keep your eye on:
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