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2024

Workers’ Comp Costs Reduced by Timely Reporting

By HR, OSHA
Accidents in the workplace are unpredictable, but employers can do their best to plan for accurate reporting and recordkeeping.  When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, time is of the essence. Prompt reporting of accidents and injuries reduces an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance costs.  Why Timely Workers’ Comp Reporting Matters  ‘Lag time’ is a key workers’ comp industry term that is defined as the time between the occurrence of a work injury and when a…
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Accurate Job Descriptions and Effective Interviews

By HR
During the hiring process, business owners and managers should pay attention to creating appropriate job descriptions that include a role’s primary tasks. Beyond merely the job title, it’s important to convey a clear understanding of the expectations of the role.   In addition to screening candidates for their availability to conform to workplace hours and norms, employers should paint an accurate picture of what is expected of the candidate in terms of skills.  Best Practices for…
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Is the Minimum Wage Still Relevant?

By Minimum Wage
It’s been 15 years since the federal minimum wage was last increased in 2009. With a decade and a half of no increase, the U.S. has endured the longest period in its history of no change to the minimum wage. Some states and local jurisdictions have taken matters into their own hands and increased their minimum wages this year (but Georgia wasn’t one of them).   Proponents of the Raise the Wage Act say that one…
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MarathonHR Announces New Partnership with Vensure Employer Solutions

By HR
We are excited to announce a strategic partnership between MarathonHR and Vensure Employer Solutions. Founded in 2004, Vensure is a leading provider of HR services and advanced technology for small and mid-sized businesses. Its personalized solutions simplify administrative tasks, minimize business risks, and streamline HR, payroll, and benefits processes. Our decision to partner with Vensure was based on a desire to strengthen our ability to serve clients in the community while ensuring continuity in the…
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Deciding on ASP or PEO Services

By HR, Payroll
Business owners often realize that the daily administrative tasks related to human resources (HR) have become too complex to manage or are taking up too much time. A professional employer organization (PEO) like MarathonHR can allow you to outsource your HR functions to a “co-employer.” In addition to offering PEO services, we also offer scalable solutions that allow you to package payroll, human resources (HR) and benefits administration services according to your needs. Building on…
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Twenty-Two States Raise Minimum Wage

By Minimum Wage
On January 1, 2024, 22 states increased their minimum wages as a result of legislative action or inflation adjustments. Nearly 10 million workers are expected to receive more than $6 billion in additional wages from these state minimum wage increases. These states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Washington. Local jurisdictions also may vote…
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Making Employee Transitions Seamless

By HR
When an employee leaves the company, he or she can leave big shoes to fill. As an employer, you can avoid lost productivity and gaps in client service by putting intentional processes in place to transfer knowledge and experience to a replacement.  Consider Collaborative Knowledge Sharing Tools  In one analysis, Deloitte found that while some workers may feel more job security guarding their specialized knowledge, organizations should cultivate a culture of sharing that makes employees…
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Benefits of Handling W-2s Early

By IRS
Tax season is approaching, and as most employers know, it’s time to distribute Form W-2s to employees. If MarathonHR is your payroll provider, please rest assured that we’ve handled this task for you and W-2s are already in the mail to your employees. We always strive to distribute W-2s to our clients’ employees during the first week of January, if possible.  Advantages of Sending W-2s in Early January  Although the required distribution deadline for W-2s…
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Is it Time for a Cost-of-Living Increase?

By Payroll
When inflation is low, employers usually don’t have to worry about making cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to employees’ salaries. However, with the inflation of the last few years, COLAs have driven payroll changes and are still a prudent thing for employers to do. Wages and the Cost of Living Workers are continuing to catch up after more than two years of high inflation that took a chunk out of their paychecks. While prices for energy and…
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Performance and Comp Reviews Should be Separate

By HR
At year-end, employers may be delivering performance reviews or thinking about their strategy for performance evaluations in the coming year. At the same time, discussions about raises and other salary adjustments may be underway. MarathonHR encourages our clients to separate performance reviews from compensation reviews and handle each of them at different times. Evidence suggests that performance management is more effective when organizations separate evaluations from compensation discussion. In one survey, 47% reported effective performance…
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