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Professional Exemption

How will your employees get paid? Often, businesses choose to pay an employee hourly or salary depending on which is more convenient for them. However, there’s more to it than that! This article explains what exempt means and the laws and regulations that an employer should be aware of.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit program can save your organization thousands of dollars in taxes and increase the diversity of your workforce. Read on to find out how it works.

Change Leadership

Big changes are coming! What is your organization’s approach? Learn how to overcome resistance, inspire your team and drive positive transformation that will propel your organization to new heights of success by becoming a change leader. Here’s how.

Earned Wage Access (EWA)

Unlock the potential of Earned Wage Access (EWA) to support your employees' financial wellbeing. See how EWA gives them control over their earnings, relieves financial stress, and drives enhanced satisfaction, retention, and productivity.

Medicare Tax

What do you know about Medicare tax… really? Take a simplified dive into the complex world of Medicare tax where blind spots will be uncovered and you’ll find yourself equipped with proactive action steps and newfound know-how.

Pension

Does your company offer a pension? Or is that a 401(k)? Are they the same thing? Which one should you offer and how can you be compliant either way? Read on to learn all you need to know about pension plans.

Midpoint Progression

Midpoint progression is used when building and implementing a salary structure that is consistent and fair.

Employee Relocation

Relocation can be a stressful experience. Ensure smooth moves and faster transitions for your employees to their new locations with these tips.

Next-Day Direct Deposit

Boost efficiency, streamline operations and keep your employees happy with next-day direct deposit. Find out why HR professionals can't afford to overlook this game-changing payment solution in this quick read.

Company Car

Do your employees drive for work regularly? Are you trying to find a solution that doesn’t require putting miles on personal vehicles? Is there a way to make work driving more attractive to new hires? Perhaps it’s time for your organization to implement a company car. Read on to learn more!

Section 125 Cafeteria Plan

Section 125 Cafeteria Plan is a way in which your organization can offer employees a choice between taxable and nontaxable, without the choice being taxable. In this content we will discuss what a Section 125 plan is, and how your organization could benefit.

Floating Holidays

Is a floating holiday an actual holiday? What are the benefits to providing them, and should you offer a floating holiday policy? Read on to learn more.

Skill-Based Pay

Looking for a change that drives growth and motivates employees? Skill-based pay may be the answer. In this article, get valuable insights and tips for evaluating and possibly implementing this compensation approach.

Paycheck

We all know how important getting paid is. But how does that paycheck get to your employees on time and accurately? Let's look at best practices around payday.

Benefits Administration

How can you as an HR professional possibly stay on top of benefits? Are there specific benefits you should be offering or are required to offer? How do you know if your benefits are what your employees want? Read on to learn about benefits administration.

Wage Theft

We are all aware of the legal and moral implications of not paying employees for the work they have done—yet it still occurs. Understanding the dynamics and impact of wage theft is essential for protecting workers' rights. Let’s look at how HR professionals can support the prevention of wage theft.

Payroll Reporting

Your organization's payroll reports provide a wealth of information that can help you understand and control labor costs, provide accurate reporting, and mitigate financial risks. Read on to learn more about payroll reports and their impact.

Daily Payroll

Are you considering paying your employees daily, but are not sure what impact it will have on your company? Are you unfamiliar with how daily payroll works? If you need some guidance and understanding of daily payroll, keep reading.

Paid Vacation

Encouraging employees to use paid vacation is a great way to build a healthy work-life balance culture. What is paid vacation and what are the benefits of it? How do you create a paid vacation policy? Continue reading to find the answers to these questions and more.

Employee Reimbursement

Employee reimbursement can get confusing. Can you reimburse for business-related travel and meals while traveling, or is that wrong? Are there tax implications for employees or the business? Read on to navigate through these questions and find out more.

Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

A health reimbursement account can be of great benefit to both your company and employees. There are various HRA types and design options to consider.

Payroll System

How does your company pay its employees? This process is called a payroll system, and there are several different types. Continue reading to learn what features every payroll system should have, how to choose a payroll system and more.

Monthly Payroll

Are you having a hard time determining how often you should pay your employees? Are you considering doing a monthly payroll but aren’t sure of its advantages and disadvantages? This article dives into a monthly payroll and if it is the right fit for your company.

Spousal Surcharge

A spousal surcharge is a tool employers can use to help control costs. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a spousal surcharge? How does it work and how can a company implement it? Continue reading to find out the answers to these questions and more.

Health Savings Account (HSA)

A health savings account has many benefits, can be a great option for employees to pay for eligible medical expenses, and can help them prepare for retirement. Who is eligible to enroll in an HSA? How can HR help choose the correct HSA options for employees? Continue reading to find the answer to these questions and more!

Employee Service Awards

We know that employee recognition is an important motivator. How do you incorporate it? One tool is employee service awards.

Form 941

If you pay wages, chances are you’ll need to complete Form 941. In this article, you’ll learn more about Form 941, who should file it, and why.

Form 940

Payroll can be complex. There are tons of forms to complete and federal taxes to be paid, such as FUTA. To pay your FUTA tax, you must first complete Form 940. To learn more about this form, keep reading.

Pay Rate

Pay rate is extremely important for HR professionals to understand. There are several factors that affect pay rate and several ways to determine it for your employees. Continue reading to find out how!

Weekly Payroll

How does weekly payroll benefit employers and employees? How can you transition your company to performing payroll on a weekly basis? Continue reading to learn the answers to these questions and more.

Global Payroll

The bigger the world gets, the smaller the world gets, or so it’s said in global payroll certification training. Each country’s payroll brings the opportunity to learn and adapt to a new set of rules, compliance issues, benefits, payment types and exchange rates, as well as the invaluable exposure to that country's culture.

Health Insurance Benefits

Understanding health insurance benefits and their pros and cons can take your company from good to great. Should your company offer health insurance benefits? How can you determine which kinds to offer? Continue reading to find the answers to these questions and more.

Pay Mix

Incentives are incredibly useful compensation tools. However, it takes a lot of work to determine the right balance between base pay and incentive pay. This is where a pay mix can help.

Physical Paychecks

Does anyone use physical paychecks anymore? Some do. Let's look at what you need to know when issuing them.

Semi Monthly Payroll

Payroll processing is one of HR’s necessary evils. Is it better to process payroll just twice a month on set dates? Is a semi-monthly payroll schedule best for your industry? Read on to set your organization up for success with a semi-monthly pay schedule.

Biweekly Payroll

How do you know which pay schedule is right for your organization if you don’t understand the ins and outs of how they work? How do you calculate paychecks for salary employees? Is there a pay schedule that is better to process and better for your employees? Biweekly payroll might be just what you’re looking for!

Payroll Analytics

Payroll analytics is a multi-purpose tool. It helps protect the company’s money, improve business profitability, and identify future risks.

Payroll Frequency

When employees start a job, they want to know how they are going to be paid and how frequently. This is typically handled by the payroll team, and it is important that it be clear and consistent. This article dives into everything that goes into payroll frequency.

Time Tracking Methods

Are you evaluating time tracking methods for your organization? Do you even need to track time for your employees? What’s the best method for your organization and how do you know it will work? Read on to learn more!

Lump-Sum PTO Policy

Are you facing challenges administering all the different kinds of paid time off: sick, vacation, holidays, flex time, and more? Lump-sum PTO can streamline administration and improve employee morale.

Employee Time Clock

Tracking your employee’s time is essential to your organization, so you need to make sure you’re doing it right. Of the many solutions for employee time management, what is an employee time clock and what are the technologies being used with them?

Retirement Benefits

As an employer, you want to do everything you can to take care of your employees. One way to care for employees is through retirement benefits, something every employer should consider providing. This article explains what retirement benefits are and the impact they have on employees.

Underpaying Employees

Employees want to feel valued and appreciated, and one way to show you value them is to pay them what they are worth. We'll look at the causes and consequences of underpaying, as well as how to avoid it.

Overpaying Employees

Of all the errors made in payroll calculations, overpaying an employee is the least likely to be reported. It is important to know how to quickly identify and correct employee overpayments properly so it doesn't cost your company even more to collect back.

Employee Leave

Employees need to take time off in order to recharge and remain healthy. What are the types of leave, and how can you create your own company leave policy?

Disability Insurance

Disability insurance, both short-term and long-term, can be used in the event an employee finds themselves injured and unable to work. Read on to learn more about this important topic!

Wage Garnishment

As an employer, wage garnishments can be intimidating and confusing. There is uncertainty around how much to take out, when to take it out, and more. A mistake can result in fees for the company, adding pressure to HR. Read on to understand wage garnishments and learn some best practices so you can be more comfortable when the first one comes across your desk.

Compensation Metrics

Compensation metrics can help an entire organization, even beyond HR. Employees can see they are being paid competitively, hiring managers have a benchmark for future hires, and finance can see why a certain salary is important. Keep reading to see why compensation metrics are beneficial to track as an HR employee.

Payroll Mistakes

Do you find yourself dreading payroll every time you have to process it? Are you having a hard time avoiding mistakes but are not sure how to catch them before they happen? Payroll—often one of the most exciting parts of the job for your employees because they are getting paid—is one of the most comprehensive, technical, and specific parts of the job for HR. Read on to identify the common payroll mistakes and how to avoid them.

Payroll Accrual

If you don't have a lot of accounting knowledge, payroll accrual might seem a bit complicated. However, if your company uses it, payroll accrual is important to understand. Let's simplify the concept and make you more comfortable with this topic.

Qualifying Life Event

Understanding what a qualifying life event is and why they’re important can help your employees tackle life’s uncertainties. Read on to learn more about how to educate about, respond to, and document qualifying life events.

Remote Employee Payroll

Are you moving to a more remote workforce? Hiring new employees in a different state or having current employees move out of state changes your payroll process. Have no fear — that’s where remote employee payroll can help.

Referral Bonus

What better way to attract more business than by word of mouth? Could the same be said about attracting talent? Let's take a closer look at referral bonuses and why they may benefit your organization.

Disposable Earnings

As an HR professional, you may find yourself wondering at what point you became a math teacher. When it comes to calculating disposable earnings for your employee and qualifying out how much of those earnings, if any, can be garnished, you may find yourself so caught up in math equations that you forget you’re in Human Resources. Read on to learn all you need to know about all the ins and outs of disposable earnings and the equations that will help you along the way.

Payroll Liabilities

For many organizations, payroll is the largest line item, and the task of processing it can be daunting. Learn what payroll liabilities are and best practices to mitigate risks.

Paid Holidays

You know from personal experience how important time off for holidays is. Have your holidays always been paid time off? Read on to learn about the role paid holidays play in an employee’s job, and how a company should manage them.

PTO Payout

Why must HR professionals understand what a PTO payout is, what laws regulate PTO payouts, when it’s paid out, and how to calculate? Continue reading to find these answers to prepare yourself and your organization.

Pay Differentials

Ever wanted to work on a holiday because you'd get paid time and a half? That's a pay differential, and they are effective ways to reward employees. As HR professionals, we are responsible for making strategic recommendations for the most appropriate pay differential techniques.

Restricted Stock Units (RSU)

It seems like everyone is talking about restricted stock units these days as a premium compensation differentiator, but what exactly are RSUs? Are they a benefit as valuable as people think they are?

Employee Swag

Employees like to feel they belong to the company they work for. Whether it is their first day of work or a company party, swag can have multiple benefits, including a sense of common identity and workplace satisfaction.

Employee Payroll Taxes

When you see the word “employee,” as an HR professional it may be hard to remember, yes, you’re one of those too. That means you need to understand what employee payroll taxes are for you as an employee, but also be able to explain it to your employees effectively.

State and Local Taxes

Often when “tax talk” is thrown around, you’ll hear things like, “FUTA and FICA percentages are changing this year, so be sure you’re in compliance.” If that alone is enough to make you sweat, you’ve come to the right place.

Pre-Tax Deductions

Have you ever wondered what a pre-tax deduction is? Keep reading to dive into what it is, its regulatory components and benefits.

Executive Exemption

It’s critical that you understand the criteria for the executive employee exemption to ensure all employees are being fairly compensated and you are complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Tax Identification Number (TIN)

Human Resources professionals are faced with a multitude of bewildering acronyms and numbers on a daily basis. Ever have an employee ask you what their employee number is? Read on to learn about the different types of identification numbers the U.S. government uses to identify taxpayers.

Commuter Benefits

We all recognize how much benefits impact our efforts to recruit, hire and retain top talent. Here's one benefit you may not have considered: helping employees with commuting costs.

Voluntary Deductions

Anytime the word “deductions” is thrown around, there’s often fear and lots of questions. Employees may ask, “Are these deductions something I signed up for?” Or, “Should these be coming out of my paycheck?” How do you answer them? Read on to learn all you need to know about voluntary deductions.

Salary Range Spread

We all understand the nerve-racking moment in the interview process when the hiring manager asks what your salary range is. This helps the hiring manager understand the budget needed for the position. This article dives into the details surrounding salary range spread to assist in retaining and attracting talent.

Equal Pay Act

Numerous statistics show that in 2023, women get paid approximately 25% less for the same work that men do. Even though pay disparity based on sex has decreased since the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, there is still a need for organizations to adjust their pay structures. Read on to learn what you need to know about the EPA.

Special Enrollment Periods

When an employee requests a change to health insurance, how do you respond? This article discusses special enrollment periods when an employee is allowed to make changes to a health plan, how long they have to do so, and why special enrollment periods are important.

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor operates many programs to help the workforce, and HR needs to keep up with changes and regulations. This article dives into what the Department of Labor does and the impact it has on employees, employers, and the economy.

Federal Payroll Laws

Staying compliant with federal payroll laws is a crucial HR responsibility. If you find this intimidating, read on to learn the basics and what to watch out for.

Highly Compensated Employees

Can an employee ever make too much money? The IRS may think so and put some constraints on them. To learn more about these constraints, and what it means to be considered a highly compensated employee, read on.

Training Pay

When employees start a new job, the onboarding process includes training. Do you understand how to go about paying employees while in training? This article dives into training pay and how employees should be paid while in training.

Vesting

When it comes to vesting in retirement plans, words don’t mean what they used to mean. Terms like “cliff and employer match” do not mean an actual cliff or immediate money from your employer. Read on to learn about the types of vesting, how vesting can be helpful in your organization and how to implement it in your organization.

Involuntary Deductions

Are you comfortable explaining paycheck deductions to employees? When it comes to deductions that are required by law or those that you elect on your own, things can get a little confusing. Read on to learn more about involuntary deductions.

1099-NEC Form

The 1099-NEC form is required for all non-employees who earn $600 or more in a year from your company. Read more to learn who qualifies, when to file, and what will happen if you fail to file the 1099-NEC form by the deadline.

Roth 401k

Need an easy, no-additional-cost benefit to help your employees save for retirement? This post-tax benefit provides your employees a chance to save.

Paid Time Off (PTO) Management Software

With a great paid time off (PTO) management software, HR can create schedules, process time-off requests and customize their PTO policies in minutes. But if your PTO software doesn’t have the capabilities you need, it will likely create more headaches than solutions. In this article, we cover what features every great PTO management software should have, and some tips for how to choose the best PTO software for your company.

Payroll Software

Making sure employees get paid correctly and on time is one of the most important HR tasks. But it’s an extremely time-consuming process that takes HR professionals away from more strategic HR projects. Luckily, great payroll software can help. Below, we’ve listed our favorite payroll software along with some tips for how to choose the best payroll software for your company.

Proration

An employee is resigning half way through a pay period, or is hired five days after the pay period begins. How do you calculate their wages accurately? This is called proration. Let's look at the different methods and why timing is indeed everything.

SPIFFs

Finding the right ways to motivate your salespeople can be hard. You want something that will help achieve your company goals while also being beneficial to the employee. A common incentive among sales teams are SPIFFs. SPIFFs can be complicated, so this article dives into their benefits and potential downsides.

Relocation Bonus

Need to deepen your company’s talent pool? A relocation bonus is a great way to attract talent from other areas of the country or globe.

Gross Up

As the war for talent continues, many potential candidates are on the move. To combat the cost of relocation, a gross-up might be your solution. Continue reading to learn more about what gross-ups are, how to calculate them and why they’re important.

Traditional 401k

Saving for retirement is one of the most important things you can do. Retirement accounts can be offered as a benefit through an employer. As an employee, it is an easy way to save for the future.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Flexible spending accounts (FSA) are a great way for employers to help employees reduce their taxable income and save for large medical expenses as well as everyday medical/health expenses. There are also FSA accounts to help employees save for childcare costs. FSAs are an excellent benefit to offer to your employees but can also be confusing. The following article will cover what you, as the employer, need to know about FSAs and how they work.

Pay Period

Do you know that there are different types of pay periods? Understanding what a pay period is, what impacts it has, and how to go about selecting the best pay period for your business is important. Keep reading to get the low down on everything pay-period related.

Payroll Deductions

Do you remember when you got your very first paycheck and it wasn’t the amount you expected? That’s because of payroll deductions, the amount your employer withholds from your earnings. Let’s take a closer look at payroll deductions and why they are important.

PTO Accrual

Is an accrual PTO plan right for you? In an age of increasing employee benefits driven by a competitive job industry, choosing the right paid time off plan is critical to attracting and retaining top talent. In this article, you’ll learn about accrual PTO plans and how you can implement one in your company!

Equity Compensation

Compensation is often a complex and challenging issue for employers. With compensation being the primary reason people work, employers in this competitive job market are trusting HR professionals to attract and retain top talents through a variety of methods. Equity compensation is an effective method that is recommended by HR professionals.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act continues to be a challenge for many employers. Continue reading to learn more about ACA, its impact on both the employer and employee and what your organization should be doing.

On-Target Earnings

When it comes to building a competitive commissions plan, one of the first things that should be determined is on-target earnings. This is important to determine as it is one of the first things sales reps want to know when they start a new job. In this article, on-target earnings will be explained, as well as the role they play in motivating employees.

Time Tracking Software

How can you make sure your employees are staying on track and properly estimate project budgets? Time tracking software lets your employees accurately track their hours and provides you with data for business insights to help improve your team’s efficiency.

Continue reading to learn what employee time tracking software is, the benefits of using time tracking software, essential features and how to choose the right software for your organization.

Geographic Pay Differentials

If your company includes employees who live in different cities, you are probably aware that you may need to pay them differently to account for the cost of living in different places. How do you create and apply an equitable geographic differential policy? Read on to learn the basic concepts and steps of this process.

Group Incentive Plan

Your company has goals. Those goals hinge on employees. Employee motivation hinges on you. So… where do you start? Here’s the group incentive plan breakdown you’ve been looking for.

Merit Pay

Do you want to increase employee recognition, reward employees for their performance, and thank them for their hard work? This can be accomplished by implementing merit pay. Merit pay can increase employee loyalty, motivate employees to exceed key performance indicators, and even save the company money.

Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a federal law that governs employee benefit plans. Does ERISA apply to your organization? If you want to know the ins and outs of the act and its key components, read along.

Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

The future is unpredictable, but what we know for certain is that prices on housing, services and goods are likely to increase. Employers often account for inflation through Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA). Let’s explore what a COLA is, when you might consider making one, and how to make that decision.

On-Call Compensation

When a company has a need for last minute help, they may look to on-call employees. What happens when the employer requires waiting employees to limit their freedom while on-call? Here’s how to make sure your on-call employees are adequately compensated.

Commission Plan

Building a strong sales team requires a strategic commission plan. Let's look at how to create an attractive, clear, successful commission plan.

Internal Equity

Valuing employees is a huge conversation in the business world. Less talked about is valuing employees through equal pay, or internal equity. Read on to understand why and how to build it into your organization.

Employee Benefits

Benefits can dramatically alter your standing with your employees and your ability to recruit top talent. Do you offer top-of-the-line benefits, or are there other perks that you offer in lieu of benefits? How is that affecting your employees?

Step-Rate Compensation Structure

Looking for a sustainable pay system? Step-rate compensation may be a step in the right direction—no pun intended. Read on to learn what step-rate compensations are, their pros and cons, and things you should consider prior to implementing.

FICA Tax

FICA. Do you flinch with uncertainty when you hear the term? Let us help you get comfortable with what this tax is all about and how to calculate, report, and pay it.

Grandfathering

While there are many choices to ponder when it comes to selecting or changing benefits, grandfathering doesn't tend to come to mind (despite its importance). What are grandfathered benefits and should you consider it in your business?

Minimum Wage

With the admirable aim to prevent the exploitation of workers, minimum wage laws are an ever-evolving and an ever-important area of legal compliance. But for those with no experience, where does one even begin? Here’s what you need to know.

Biweekly Pay

With pay frequency, everyone has something to say. The company says “less,” the employees say “more,” and the state laws have a few words to say as well. As 36.5 % of U.S. private businesses pay their employees every two weeks, biweekly pay is a great middle ground. Let’s find out if that’s the best fit for your business.

Pay Transparency

As transparency becomes more and more of a buzzword these days, it's only fitting that our compen