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New FCCRA Provision Allows Some Employers to Recover Leave-Related Payroll Expenses


The news flowing about approved and pending legislation related to the Coronavirus is monumental and complex to interpret. In addition to the legal briefs that we shared with you on Friday, more information has come to our attention that you need to consider when evaluating leave requests from staff. Please read: U.S. Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly…

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Steps to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

By Benefits, Safety

With fear and uncertainty circulating about the continued spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, it’s no surprise that employers are wrestling with the best way keep employees healthy and to ensure that sick employees stay at home for as long as needed. In particular, I am concerned about industries with heavy concentrations of hourly employees – such as retail and restaurants – that could be hit worse because sick employees will still try to come…

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Understanding How to Complete the New W-4 Form

By Legal, Recruiting

The IRS introduced a new W-4 form effective January 1, 2020 that eliminated withholding allowances. The form was redesigned to allow taxpayers to make their own calculations, especially when taking into account multiple sources of income. Employees who have furnished Form W-4 in any year before 2020 are not required to furnish a new form merely because of the redesign. However, with many employees surprised with either large tax bills or large refunds last year,…

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Employee Engagement is a Big Driver of Workplace Satisfaction


How do you define employee engagement? Is it by remembering birthdays, providing lunch to your team or recognizing accomplishments like anniversaries? Employee engagement certainly encompasses those things and hopefully makes for more cheerful employees; however, I define an “engaged employee” as one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work, and takes positive actions to further the organization’s reputation and interests. Consulting giant Deloitte looked back on 2019 and made note of the…

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Getting Organized? It’s a Good Time of Year to Focus on Recordkeeping and Retention

By Legal

The beginning of a year always feels like a fresh start, and many of us put getting organized at the top of our resolutions list. Clearing out clutter is always a satisfying task but it’s important to know what you need to keep and what you can toss. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) offers the following rules for what is expected of employers in terms of record retention, and other agencies have their…

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It’s W-2 Season! The Deadline is January 31

By Legal, Payroll

Anyone who works at a job for a living is likely familiar with the W-2 that arrives in the mail and that must accompany their tax returns. We thought it would be useful to provide a quick review of this essential IRS form – its purpose and employer responsibilities for distributing it. The purpose of the W-2 The W-2 tax form is also known as a Wage and Tax Statement. It shows the amount of…

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