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Payroll Statistics
Payroll is an incredibly complex area of HR—getting it wrong can have serious financial costs and impact a company’s credibility greatly. This article brings together important payroll statistics from a variety of sources that illustrate everything from the impact of payroll errors to how payroll procedures are changing.Read on to discover what our research can tell you about payroll trends and worker expectations, as well as important statistics to consider if you are thinking about changing your payroll practices.

How to Get Payroll Right

The statistics make it clear: payroll is an essential part of running a business, large or small, but it can also be time-consuming and costly. If you’re just getting started with payroll, here are a few things you can do to streamline the process and avoid expensive errors. Click the links to learn more!
  1. Understand payroll deductions. Payroll deductions are withheld from your workers’ gross pay, and they take home what’s left over. Involuntary deductions are required by law—one example is income tax. Voluntary deductions, such as 401(k) contributions, are up to the employee.
  2. Classify workers correctly. When hiring full-time or part-time employees, you must classify them as FLSA exempt (not entitled to overtime pay) or FLSA non-exempt (entitled to overtime pay). Misclassifying an employee can lead to serious consequences, including fines.
  3. Know the difference between contractors and employees. Recently, the IRS has created more guidelines around how independent contractors are defined. In this growing gig economy, you’ll face hefty penalties if you wrongly classify employees as contractors.
  4. Be aware of common payroll mistakes. It’s easier to avoid making payroll mistakes if you know what the most common ones are.
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