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Multiple Employer 401(k) Plans save small to medium-sized companies money

By Benefits & Insurance, Employee Retention, News

MarathonHR offers a Multiple Employer Plan (MEP) 401(k) for small and medium-sized businesses looking to save money on their retirement plans. A Multiple Employer Plan allows two or more unrelated companies to collaborate to offer their employees a 401(k) retirement plan. Recently, MarathonHR has changed the Multiple Employer 401(k) Plan provider to bring better value to all our customers.  As a reminder, all MarathonHR clients are eligible to participate in our Multiple Employer Plan together….

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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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Now is the Time for Every Employee to Double Check their Withholding

By Payroll, Withholding Taxes

Although November is always a good time to revisit your tax withholding each year, it is especially appropriate this year for employees who may have you experienced major changes in their income due to furloughs or layoffs, or received a stimulus payment under the CARES Act. The IRS calls these Paycheck Checkups and conveniently provides a tool for taxpayers to use to help determine whether they are having the right amount of tax withheld from…

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Facial Recognition Time Clocks Maintain Healthy Workplace

By Payroll, Technology in the Workplace

Biometric time clocks that use fingerprints, iris scanners or hand readers are wildly popular with organizations intent on ensuring accurate timekeeping of on-site employees. Since the advent of the pandemic, many businesses are changing the way they manage employee time and attendance including how their employees punch in and out for work. With enhanced protocols for hygiene in the workplace, employers are looking for touchless, contact-free solutions to help protect the health and safety of…

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Business Owners May Need to Report Medical Insurance Premiums as Wages

By Payroll, S-Corps

Business owners who are covering their health insurance premiums through a company in which they are a greater than 2% S-Corp shareholder-employee need to remember that these premiums are deductible by the S-Corp and therefore reportable as wages on the shareholder-employee’s Form W-2 and subject to income tax withholding. You’ll find this additional compensation included in the shareholder-employee’s Box 1 (Wages) of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, but is not included in Boxes 3…

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PPP Loan Forgiveness: Don’t Rush into the Wrong Decision

By Employment News, News

Now that the banks (with guidance from the SBA and the U.S. Treasury) are finally opening their doors to PPP Loan forgiveness, dutiful borrowers and their accounting staff are anxious to get their forgiveness applications rolling and the loans off their books. As the initial spirit or “intent” of the loan was to provide coverage for payroll, rent and utilities for a period of 8 weeks, it’s logical that most businesses are starting their application…

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It’s Election Time. Give Employees Time Off to Vote

By Employment Law

According to Georgia Code 21-2-404, employers must allow up to two hours of time off for employees to vote within any municipal, county, state or federal political party primary or election where they are qualified and registered to vote. Employers are not required to provide paid time off. In the instance where polls are open for two consecutive hours before or after the employee’s work shift, time off does not need to be granted. Learn…

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For Tip Credit, Employers Must be Transparent with Employees

By Employment Law, Payroll

Employers with employees who receive part of their compensation in the form of tips must provide oral or written notice to their employees that they are taking a tip credit. With the understanding that most tipped employees make up the difference of the minimum wage of $7.25/hour through tips, employers are allowed to use the “tip credit” to pay employees $2.13/hour. An employer who fails to provide the required information to their employee cannot use…

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New, Easy Forgiveness for PPP Loans of $50,000 or Less

By Employment News, News

To provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, finally released a simpler loan forgiveness application exclusively for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. Approval of PPP forgiveness applications and remittance of payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers began on October 2, 2020. Visit: for more details, instructions and to download the forgiveness application.

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Thinking of Starting a New Business? MarathonHR Can Help in More Ways than One

By Benefits & Insurance, Payroll, Policies and Procedures, Productivity

As entrepreneurialism is trending, it’s an exciting time for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs). Due to the present economic climate, many professionals are leaving large companies to start their own. Whether it’s a new client opening their first business or an existing client opening their second or third, we’re seeing a resurgence of startups in just the last few months. But with the thrill of opening one’s own doors also comes a whole host…

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