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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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Long-Term Part-Time Employees Can Now Contribute to 401(k)

By Benefits
There’s good news for long-term part-time employees when it comes to retirement savings. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE 2.0) Act of 2022 increased options for long-term part-time employees to make elective deferrals to an employer’s 401(k) plan. A part-time employee’s eligibility to start contributing to an employer’s 401(k) will depend on his or her start date and the number of hours worked. “Employers maintaining a 401(k) must offer it to any…
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Tax Considerations for Christmas Bonuses

By Payroll, Tips
This time of year, many employers like to reward their employees with Christmas bonuses. While this gesture is usually enthusiastically received by employees, they’re often surprised at the amount of taxes that are withheld. The IRS includes bonuses on its list of wage payments that are treated as supplemental wages instead of regular wages. Assuming that you’re not paying your employees more than $1 million each in bonuses, the withholding rate is 22%. Bonuses are…
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On-Call Pay and Waiting to be Engaged

By Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL), HR
Some businesses may have employees who must be on-call to work if needed – emergency personnel, service technicians and medical professionals come to mind. Even though they’re not actively working while waiting to be engaged, they’re still committing their time to being available. If an employee has a job that ends at 11 am and another job starting at 2 pm, is the time between jobs compensable? What about employees who are on call during…
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Remind Your Employees to Update W-4s Before Year-End

By Payroll
At year-end, it’s important for employees to update their W-4 forms to make sure their tax withholding is correct. Who Should Update Their Withholding? Employees may benefit from double-checking their withholding if they haven’t looked at their paystubs or made any withholding changes in a while. In general, they may want to adjust withholdings if they: Got married or divorced. Had a child. Bought a home. Received raises or bonuses since the previous tax season.…
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