What Potential Payroll Changes are Expected in 2021?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 1, 2020 at 4:18 PM

With a new year come a lot of new changes and updates to payroll requirements. 2021 is quickly approaching, so - as in past years - we compiled the following list of items that may initiate some payroll changes in your organization. You might start thinking about these now and take action sooner than later.

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Topics: Payroll, Taxes

OSHA, OSHA…..IMPORTANT – Final Temporary COVID-19 Rules for Employers

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 13, 2020 at 2:52 PM

On November 6, 2020, Oregon OSHA issued final temporary rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in workplaces by requiring employers to implement a comprehensive set of risk-reducing measures. The rules will take effect November 16th, with some tasks phased in, and are expected to remain in effect until May 4, 2021. These new rules affect all employers and include additional requirements for high-risk jobs.

The following is a summary taken from the final temporary rules requirements for all workplaces:

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Topics: HR Compliance, HR Policies, COVID-19, workplace safety

How Good is Your Backup (Actually)?

Posted by Tom on October 12, 2020 at 1:31 PM

Strong and resilient backups are the most important piece of protecting your business. Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving arms race. Antivirus, spam filtering, and firewall vendors are all constantly plugging holes and vulnerabilities only for malicious actors to abandon their old tricks and find new ones. No matter how elaborate your security mechanisms are, they will never truly be 100% effective forever; there will always be some small risk. Whether that’s a brand-new exploit or users being tricked, malware and scammers will always try to find a way in. Those protective measures also won’t do much good against natural disasters or hardware failure, either.

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Topics: Information Technology, CryptoLocker, Network Security, Technology Services, Backups

Fall Fun with the FFCRA

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 8, 2020 at 2:32 PM

Here we are. The first of October. Does everyone know what that means? Yes, it means the leaves are falling and changing colors, and the holidays are quickly approaching. Payroll/Accounting departments know what it means, too: it’s time, once again, for quarter end.

At the end of September, the IRS issued an updated Form 941 and instructions to be used beginning third quarter of 2020. The Form 941 has been revised to allow employers, who have elected to defer the withholding and payment of the employee share of social security tax on wages paid on or after September 1, 2020, to include the deferral on line 13b. The following additional guidance was also released on completing Line 16, to avoid failure-to-deposit penalties:

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Topics: Payroll, Taxes, Family Leave Acts, COVID-19

Workplace Health and Safety in Two Minutes

Posted by James on September 16, 2020 at 12:43 PM

Okay, not really. It's inconceivable that any company can create a comprehensive solution to its workplace health and safety concerns in just two minutes. However, two minutes is plenty of time to watch a reliable overview about specific aspects of workplace health and safety as well as obtain some basic direction about how to proceed towards creating a safe, compliant environment. We actually call this video library 2-Minute HR, and it's just one of the resources that can be found in the HR Support Center section of People Savvy HCM Essentials. Here's how it works.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, COVID-19, workplace safety

September HR Topic: Maximizing Health & Safety in the Workplace

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 10, 2020 at 8:15 AM

If there has ever been a year that employees and customers feel insecure and unsafe, 2020 is definitely right up there. It seems as though around every corner there is a new challenge. Businesses are trying to support the feelings of uncertainty all the while trying to keep the doors open and make financially responsible decisions. Daily questions continue to include: when is it safe to bring employees physically back to work; is it legal to reopen my business; am I doing everything possible to protect everyone.

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Topics: COVID-19, workplace safety

Do your employees have the most current handbook?

Posted by James on August 19, 2020 at 10:27 AM

As The Fixx sang anxiously in 1982, "One thing leads to another."

Here in the anxious environment of 2020, that statement may be more true than ever. The arrival of COVID-19 led the federal government to pass economic relief legislation, such as the FFCRA. Responding to that, employers updated their policies to comply, but in many cases they also re-evaluated existing leave policies to adapt to the required changes. All of this filtered down to HR departments, which needed to codify these policies in employee handbooks so that employees could understand what all of this realistically means for them. Then more legislation, then more policies, then more handbook changes.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Employee Handbook

Executive Action: More Questions Than Answers for Payroll!

Posted by Christy Putnam on August 13, 2020 at 8:47 AM

On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed an executive action that postpones the collection of employee payroll taxes from September 1st through December 31st. This affects the Social Security FICA taxes. The idea behind taking this action is that, during these difficult economic times due to the COVID pandemic, deferring tax withholding has the potential to put more money in working Americans' pockets to help boost the economy. This action of the Executive Branch results from Congress being unable to arrive at a compromise regarding another round of stimulus assistance.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Payroll, Taxes, COVID-19

Build the Best Employee Handbook You Can

Posted by James on August 4, 2020 at 10:30 AM

In her blog post last week introducing this month's HR topic and webinar, Four Critical Handbook Policies for 2020, Christy talked about the employee handbook builder available to subscribers of People Savvy HCM Essentials. This is a great resource to help HR professionals and part-time HR administrators alike create, maintain, and keep compliant employee handbooks that are custom tailored to their organizations. Behind each employee handbook created in the builder is a team of professional HR Advisors, who work on your behalf to generate a handbook that aligns with your company's specific policies while remaining compliant from a regulatory perspective. Here's how easy it can be to generate a new employee handbook or update a current one.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies, Employee Handbook

Check Something Off Your HR To-Do List Today!

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 29, 2020 at 1:48 PM

Can anyone else believe how fast 2020 is passing by? We are almost half way through summer already! Do any of my HR friends out there have reviewing and revising (or creating?) the employee handbook on their growing list of things to do? With all of this year's other unanticipated priorities taking precedence, I bet it is pretty close to the bottom right now. If you want to move it up briefly and check it off the list quicker than you anticipated, following are some great resources that might just help you do that.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Employee Handbook

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