If there was an Employee Handbook Best Sellers list, would yours make the cut?

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 10, 2018 at 1:13 PM

When was the last time you saw that a state or federal employment law had been updated? Today? Yesterday? Last week? In fact, when was the last time your company's employee handbook was reviewed and updated? If your answer is, "More than 12 months ago," it may be (past) time to take another look. With all of the political chatter, sexual harassment claims, updates in state minimum wage, as well as parental and sick leave laws, things are constantly changing, and the need to update the employee handbook in a timely manner has become critical.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

Important Information about Meltdown and Spectre

Posted by Technology Watchdogs on January 8, 2018 at 3:22 PM

Today we notified our customers about important security updates available for computers and servers using Intel processors; as well as for the VIPRE antivirus program. As you may be aware, the recently announced security vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown and Spectre, can be found in virtually all modern CPUs, and they represent possible information leakage based on unauthorized access to shared memory space. For those who haven't heard about this new type of network security threat, we thought it would be helpful to get the word out more broadly via this brief post so that people have at least the basic information about Meltdown and Spectre.

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Topics: Information Technology, Network Security, News Alert

New year, new laws! What's your scheduling solution?

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 8, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Ushering in a new year means accommodating new employment laws. Oregon is the first state to pass a predictive scheduling law. On August 8, 2017, Senate Bill 828 was signed into law with a majority of the provisions becoming effective July 1, 2018. This bill applies to employers in the retail, hospitality, or food services industries with 500 or more non-exempt employees (temporary or leased workers are not included). It requires these employers to provide seven days’ notice (14-days beginning July 1, 2020) to employees of their work schedules. The intended purpose of the bill is to help hourly workers juggle additional priorities like child care and other employment.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

Bennett/Porter is once again a VAR Star!

Posted by B/P News & Notes on January 3, 2018 at 3:29 PM

Continuing our streak, Bennett/Porter and Associates has again been selected as a member of Bob Scott’s VAR Stars. As in previous years, we have been included for 2017 with a group of 99 other organizations honored for their accomplishments and excellence in the field of mid-market financial software.

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Topics: Technology Awards

IRS Delays Deadline for Forms 1095-B and 1095-C

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 28, 2017 at 7:14 AM

Notice 2018-06 was released by the IRS on Friday, December 22, announcing that the 2018 reporting requirements for insurers and employers under Section 6055 and 6056 has been extended by 30 days. The notice extends the due date - from January 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018 - for furnishing to individuals the 2017 Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, and the 2017 Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. The 30-day extension is automatic and does not need to be requested.

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Topics: Human Resources

Why use a Managed Services Provider for your IT Services?

Posted by Ryan Wroblewski on December 27, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Using a Managed Services Provider (MSP) to assist your company’s Information Technology needs has several advantages. If your business is like most, you have technology that is in constant need of updating, maintenance, and even replacement. Many companies will hire an IT person to handle these tasks, and in many cases that company will either outgrow that person or - on the opposite end of the spectrum - not have enough for the hire to do.

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Topics: Information Technology

Should our company’s New Year’s resolution be a wellness program?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 18, 2017 at 4:21 PM

Over the last few years, employee wellness programs have been a common topic of conversation in all size organizations and at multiple levels. Employers have a lot of questions when creating or modifying plans. What follows might help answer some of those questions.

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Topics: Human Resources

Three Sales Tax Triggers for Your Growing Software Company

Posted by B/P News & Notes on December 14, 2017 at 1:54 PM
Software sales tax can be a tough concept to wrap your head around.  Even tougher once you consider this:   Your sales tax obligations mirror your company. In other words, as you grow (new products, new staff, new locations), your sales tax triggers  and hence your obligations  grow, too. 

At this very moment, your business may be engaging in activities that create nexus — the obligation to collect and remit sales tax in a state. In fact, the 2017 Avalara Sales Tax Survey for Software Companies found that high-growth software companies trigger, on average, nine new sales tax obligations each year. 

Let’s look at the three most common triggers identified in the survey and why they may warrant taking another look at nexus.

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Topics: Taxes

FMLA: What Are My Responsibilities?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 13, 2017 at 4:02 PM

The following series of questions and answers is designed to give a high level overview of the responsibilities companies have if they are required to provide time off under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

Effective Employee Onboarding

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 20, 2017 at 12:51 PM

You hire employees with the thought of them being a successful contributor to your organization. The first impressions your new hires walk away with will set the tone right out of the gate for building an effective team. Providing new employees with the tools and resources they need to be successful seems like an easy task, but more often than not it proves to be a daunting and time consuming process. Effective employee onboarding usually begins before a new hire starts and last through at least their first month of employment; most times even longer. Onboarding is not just filling out a bunch of forms. Rather, it's the opportunity to introduce a new team member to the culture, expectations, and values of the company. A formal, consistent, organized, and well-communicated onboarding program can help make this a positive experience for everyone involved.

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Topics: Human Resources

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