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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): Potential Payroll Effects

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 19, 2021 at 7:57 AM

On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was passed and signed into law by President Biden. There are several provisions in the law that could have an impact on employers and specifically on their employees' payrolls.

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Topics: Human Resources, Healthcare, Payroll, Family Leave Acts, COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Your Workplace

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 11, 2021 at 9:19 AM

Earlier this week, we announced a change in our February HR webinar topic, which will now address the high-demand subject of COVID-19 Vaccinations and Your Workplace. If you or someone you know may benefit from current and critical information relating to the current legality of workplace vaccination mandates, ways to encourage rather than require vaccinations, employees’ rights to speak out against your policies, and much more, we invite you to attend our webinar.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, COVID-19

How Much Do You Know About Classifying Employees? Let's Find Out!

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 2, 2021 at 1:21 PM

Okay! It is time to mix things up a little in your day. Grab your cup of coffee, tea, water, or beverage of choice, and let’s play a game. This game is designed to test your knowledge of employee classification. It will only take a few minutes, and hopefully you will even learn a thing or two along the way. At the very least, it will be a good refresher.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Classifications

The New Normal: Make Working from Home Work

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 20, 2021 at 9:09 AM

In March of 2020, working from home became the new normal for many people. Organizations may not have been prepared for this new normal, but ready or not, the transition needed to be made. Some employers went with the Band-Aid approach of doing what they needed to do to get by temporarily, while others fully embraced the challenge and sought the potential long-term advantages that it offered to employer and employees alike. Most employers did not expect this new normal to last as long as it has, or for it to bring so many unforeseen challenges.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies, Company Culture, Time & Labor Management, COVID-19

Does Your Business Need an Employee Handbook?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 9, 2020 at 9:18 AM

Are all employers required to have an employee handbook? If you answered "no" to this question, you are technically correct. There are no federal or state laws that specifically require companies to create and maintain employee handbooks. HOWEVER, we strongly suggest doing so since, regardless of your company's size, having an employee handbook is a good business practice. There are many laws requiring employers to notify employees of workplace rights (e.g. EEO, sexual harassment, ADA, FMLA), and this document can help with that. In fact, a well-crafted employee handbook helps protect both employer and employees. Following are five specific reasons why having a handbook might be a good idea for your organization.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies

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

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

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

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

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