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Exempt employee payroll deductions that are NOT allowed

on May 3, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Payroll Human resources Time and labor
There are very limited circumstances under which an employer is allowed to take a deduction from an exempt employee’s salary, and employers who take a deduction when they shouldn’t risk the employee’s classification. This means an employee who had been classified as exempt could claim that the employer was treating them like an hourly employee by taking the prohibited deduction. The employee could then sue for back pay for all overtime they had worked without additional compensation.
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FLSA amended to allow tip pooling if no tip credit is taken

on May 1, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Labor law Employees Payroll Human resources
The rules around tip pooling have been mired in litigation since 2011, when regulations came into effect that forbid tip pooling between employees who customarily receive tips and those who do not. The recently passed federal budget bill has created clarity by amending the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and eliminating that rule for employers who do not take a tip credit. Since the rule has been eliminated entirely, court decisions interpreting it—such as Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, et al v. the U.S. Department of Labor—are irrelevant. 
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Walmart and the new trend of payday advances

on Apr 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 3 Comments | Payroll
Would you allow your workers to collect a portion of their paychecks early, if they really needed it? That’s the question Walmart has been grappling with, as many of their employees struggle to make ends meet. Instapays, or pay disbursements before the scheduled pay date, are a hot topic in payroll and HR. Some employers are dead-set against them and others are warming up to the idea.
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What are the highest-paid professions in 2018?

on Apr 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Payroll
Would it surprise you to learn that all of the top 10 highest-paid professions are in the medical field? Perhaps not. But many other top-paying jobs are actually quite surprising, as you look further down the list. Here are 2018’s leading U.S. jobs, in terms of pure pay.
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The benefits of using an applicant tracking system

on Apr 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Payroll Human resources
Do you dread hiring new people? If so, you’re not alone. U.S. employers consistently rank hiring among their most-disliked job tasks. Hiring new people costs more than $4,100 per hire, takes an average of 42 days, and adds stress during an already-stressful period of under staffing.
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Timekeeping best practices

on Apr 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Payroll Human resources Time and labor
Take a moment to think about what would happen if an employee sued you over a timekeeping disagreement. In addition to thousands of dollars in legal fees, you could be liable for many hours of back pay and stiff penalties from the federal government.
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What is a General Ledger?

on Apr 11, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Payroll
Decades ago, a general ledger was a book that sat on your accountant’s desk. Today, it usually sits in a virtual space, like in an accounting software platform. Old and new, both formats have the same goal: to track financial transactions over the life of a company.
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How to register a business in New York State

on Mar 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Labor law Employees Payroll
Is starting a business in New York your American dream? That’s terrific, but get ready to jump through some hoops. New York businesses must be registered. You’ll need forms, certificates, and licenses from multiple regulatory agencies.
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What tax incentives are available to New York employers?

on Mar 22, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Taxes Labor law Payroll
New York offers millions of dollars in tax incentives for employers. An individual employer might qualify for multiple incentives worth $2,000 to $20,000 each. These tax benefits are designed to help people who have faced barriers to employment, like veterans, low income earners, and workers with disabilities. They also boost long-term employer investment in New York commerce.
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Timekeeping requirements for exempt employees

on Mar 20, 2018 7:00:00 AM By | Complete Payroll | 0 Comments | Employees Payroll Human resources Time and labor
How casual is your timekeeping system? Do employees jot down their hours and record them later? How do you treat exempt vs. non-exempt time tracking? These are important questions, when it comes to keeping your company within employment law. Exempt employees are handled quite differently from non-exempt. Let’s answer these questions and look at timekeeping requirements to keep in mind.
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