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Yes – Payroll Cards Are Slowly Maturing
A plethora of employee payroll services existed long before someone came up with the idea of the payroll card. So when the payroll card first came onto the scene, it was considered a novelty that may not have the legs to survive in the era of direct...Read more
W-4 Confusion: Point Employees to New IRS Tool
Tax reform signed into law late last year (2017) is already benefiting employees who are now seeing more money in their paychecks. But experts warn that any differences seen in 2018 paychecks may not carry over into 2019. Furthermore, some employees...Read more
Payroll Topics to Discuss During Onboarding
The onboarding process is never easy. Someone in HR is responsible for getting new workers going before passing them off to their direct supervisors to complete the onboarding process. There is so much to do, so much to say, so much to hope for with...Read more
It's Time to Start Looking at Workers’ Comp Again
Spring is in the air – and so are state workers’ comp laws. Spring legislative sessions routinely cover questions over workers’ comp insurance, what should and should not be included, and how much employers pay into insurance systems subsidized by...Read more
Helping Employees Understand their Pay Stubs
Remember that first time you laid eyes on the multiplication table in grade school? Or how about the first time you encountered an algebraic equation in junior high? All those numbers and letters might just as well have been a foreign language to...Read more
How the Gig Economy Is Disrupting Payroll
Payroll processing in the 'good old days' was a fairly simple matter. Employees filled out paper time sheets they turned in at the end of the week. A couple of days later, the boss would hand them a wad of cash along with a paper paystub. It was...Read more
The Complicated Question of Total Compensation
This is the time of year when employees are pulling their hair out trying to figure out the taxes they need to pay. Do they report bonus pay along with regular income? Are they taxed on the value of the company car they drive? Unfortunately, the...Read more
No Time to Rest – Spring is Policy Review Season
In just over a month from now, HR and payroll departments across the country will breathe a collective sigh of relief in the knowledge that the annual tax season is just about over. But the end of tax season does not signify a time to rest. There is...Read more
Here's Why You Want to Avoid Back Pay Issues
Federal and state laws require employers to fairly compensate their workers for the work they do. For hourly workers, this means an hourly wage at least equal to the minimum wage, along with any overtime pay that may be due. Failing to properly...Read more