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Stay Compliant with Your Wage and Hour Practices

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Payroll

To stay compliant with federal and state labor laws, employers must have systems in place to accurately capture hours worked and payroll records showing that employees were appropriately compensated for those hours. MarathonHR can counsel you on the optimal classification for an employee. One client recently needed guidance on whether a marketing hire should be exempt or nonexempt since the position required working varied hours, including some weekends and evenings. We reminded them that salaried…

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Streamline Collecting Time and Attendance Data

By Payroll, Recordkeeping

MarathonHR’s automated tools help clients manage their human resources processes, including collecting time and attendance data. Web-based time clocks allow employers to collect precise timecard entries, as well as view when and where the work starts and stops. Swipeclock is one such tool that we’ve been using with good success. The data collected by web-based time clocks can be accessed and viewed by employees, the employer and MarathonHR at any time. It’s especially helpful for…

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Scam Alert! New Phishing Emails May Be Circulating in Your Firm

By Payroll, Phishing Scams

Here at Marathon, we are always on the alert to dangers that might befall our clients and their personnel. One we recently identified was a new email phishing scam that leverages information from a company’s human resources or payroll/accounting departments. With this scam, cybercriminals identify a legitimate employee of a company (perhaps through social media or other public-facing information). They then send a spoofed email to the company’s HR, payroll or other finance-related departments requesting…

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Are you Missing Out on the Employee Retention Credit?

By Employee Retention, Payroll

With the advent of the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, most employers were so caught up in deciphering the details of the PPP program that they overlooked another payroll replacement program: The Employee Retention Credit (ERC). The ERC was intended to encourage employers to retain their employees despite a downturn in business by providing aid to employers who experienced a significant decline in gross receipts during any quarter in calendar year 2020. Originally the…

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IRS Provides Retroactive Guidance on Employee Retention Credit for 2020, Certain PPP Loan Recipients May Apply

By Payroll

On March 1, the IRS issued much needed guidance (via Notice 2021-20) for employers attempting to claim the employee retention credit under the CARES Act (signed March 27, 2020), as modified by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 or the RELIEF Act (signed December 27, 2020). The guidance clarifies what most already knew is that for 2020, the employee retention credit can be claimed by employers who paid qualified wages after…

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IRS Extends Distribution Deadline for Health Care Reporting Forms 1095-C and 1095-B

By Payroll

Shortly after our October blog post explained reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS announced an extension of the deadline for distributing those forms. On October 2, 2020, the IRS announced it would extend the deadline for employers to provide employees with a copy of their 1095-C or 1095-B reporting form, as required by the ACA, moving the deadline from January 31 to March 2. This is the fourth year in a…

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Save Time Next Year by Reporting Form W-2 Before the Annual January 31 Deadline

By Best Practices, Payroll

As most employers or individuals with responsibility for running payroll know, January 31 is the deadline for filing Form W-2s with Social Security as well as for distributing them to employees. What most may not consider is the importance or at least the advantage of filing those W-2 forms early. Receipt of W-2s prior to the January 31 deadline allows time for employees to review and notify their employers of inaccurate information. At MarathonHR, we…

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How to Use MarathonHR Client 2.0 on a Mobile Phone

By Payroll

To further support small and medium-sized businesses with their workforce management, MarathonHR’s Client 2.0 portal is an employee self-service tool to access work records such as: Paycheck Contact information Work calendar Timesheet Training records Leave of absences In Client 2.0, employees can also: Record expenses Clock in and out Request PTO Enroll in benefits Watch our short video for a tutorial on how to use Client 2.0 from your mobile device.

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Make Sure W-2s Find Employees at Their New Mailing Address

By Payroll

In an environment where employees increasingly receive all employment and even personal financial information digitally, they oft overlook reporting a change in physical address to their employers. We know this year that a great many workers took advantage of work from home (WFH) policies and made their vacation address their permanent address. We hope that they will get to enjoy the better views from their WFH environments for as long as possible but at the…

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