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Absorbing a Business? Realize Payroll Tax Savings

Suppose that your growing business is taking over one of your competitors. If you keep some of the company's employees on the job, your business will be increasing its payroll tax liability. However, the good news is that payroll taxes paid by the former employer may reduce the amount owed for the year. Conversely if one employer acquires another employer during the year -- and it continues to employ some of the same workers -- the successor can count the wages paid by the predecessor towards its own Social Security wage base. Background: If an employee works for two [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

What If an Employee Is Injured Too Often?

Q. I have a fairly good 48-year-old employee who has a chronic problem with Workers' Comp claims. This individual is constantly getting injured and missing a lot of work because of these injuries. I am afraid he is building up to a permanent disability claim. Can I legally terminate him? A. Dismissing an employee for filing Workers' Comp claims is a violation of public policy. Courts have established and upheld state statutes protecting employees from being dismissed from their jobs for filing Workers' Comp claims. In addition, your employee may very well be protected from [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Using Artificial Intelligence in the Business World

With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), businesses across almost every sector find themselves entering uncharted territory. While still in its infancy, AI offers the potential to transform virtually every aspect of how companies operate. Brave New World AI is expected to increase revenue and profits, lower costs, drive improvements in customer service and assist in the creation of innovative new products and services. In fact, a recent survey estimates that AI will contribute roughly $15.3 trillion to the economy by 2030. The effects of AI and its close cousin, machine learning (ML), will ripple [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Can Your Company Revise its Payday Schedule?

Paydays are sacred in the workplace. Some employees who can't remember how many years they've been married or how long it's been since their last physical exam can tell you exactly how many days until the next paycheck arrives. Depending on their financial situations, other staff members may barely keep their bills paid between checks. So when employers change the regular payday, there is bound to be some backlash from employees. In addition, federal and state labor officials take a dim view of businesses attempting to use paychecks to enforce discipline or manipulate the workweek [...]

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Minimum Wage Increases Are Being Considered Across the Country

The minimum wage remains a popular issue for legislators on a federal, state and local level. Recently, a bill was introduced in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate titled the "Raise the Minimum Wage Act of 2019." Since 2009, the federal minimum wage has remained $7.25 per hour. However, many states and localities have increased their minimum wage rates above the federal minimum wage. According to a fact sheet about the proposed law, under the bill, the federal minimum wage rate would gradually increase over the next six years to $15 per hour. [...]

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

How Long Do You Have to Retain Payroll Records?

The Social Security Administration and the IRS have issued a joint publication that offers valuable pointers for employers who want to clean up their old payroll files. In most (but not all) cases, that means following a four-year retention rule. The publication cautions that failure to meet record retention requirements can result in sizable penalties and large settlement awards for employers that are unable to provide the required information when requested by the IRS or as part of an employment-related lawsuit. (Records could also be requested by state agencies.) The Records-in-General Rule As applied to [...]

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

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