Mar 16 2017

Why you should consider a Small Business Health Reimbursement Arrangement

It’s a great time to be a small business.

If you’re an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees or equivalents, there’s a new law that passed just a few months ago that allows you to fund employee Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) in lieu of offering a group health plan.

The 21st Century Cures Act – which passed with bipartisan support in December 2016 – creates a new type of HRA called the Small Business HRA. For qualified employers, Small Business HRAs can provide tax benefits for both employer and employee as well as offer greater flexibility and choice for workers.

Is a Small Business HRA right for your business?

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Mar 09 2017

CheckWriters Team Attends NAIS Conference in Baltimore

On March 1, thousands of independent school leaders, staff, and educators gathered in Baltimore for the annual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Conference.

Representatives from CheckWriters’ Sales, Marketing, and Human Resources teams were thrilled to exhibit at the event.

It was a great opportunity to interact with attendees and learn more about the top issues school leaders care about and the technology solutions that can make their jobs easier (particularly in the business office!).

Here are two of our top takeaways from the workshops we attended:

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Feb 17 2017

How an HR Director realized her dream of a paperless payroll and HR department

It’s easy to list the benefits of Paperless Payroll and HR.

But it's hard to see how they can directly impact your job.

After all, saying goodbye to check stubs and having all your employees access their pay data from their smartphone sounds amazing.

But what about the dozen employees who insist on a printed check, don’t have access to a computer, or are otherwise change-resistant?

Let’s tell a story:

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Feb 16 2017

What to know about the new I-9 Form

Employers need to double-check that new hires are filling out the latest version of the Form I-9.

The revised I-9 had to be in use beginning January 21, 2017.

While there are no changes affecting the regulations or deadline, there are some structural changes to the form that employers should be aware of.


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Jan 30 2017

Compliance alert: tipped employee overtime change

Do you have employees who serve food and drinks, open doors, carry luggage, clean hotel rooms, or provide other services?

If so, they’re likely presented with tips from all your happy customers.

And as the employer of workers who receive tips as a significant portion of their income, you’re allowed to pay tipped employees a lower direct wage – as long as the employee’s tips combined with their direct wage equals at least the minimum wage in your state.

But what happens when your tipped employees work overtime?

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Dec 21 2016

Don't miss these minimum wage increases

While the federal minimum wage rate will not change in 2017, there are a number of local minimum wage increases set to take effect for the new year. Some states, like Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maine, Arizona, Colorado, and Washington state will see significant increases to the minimum wage.

It’s important for you to monitor minimum wage increases in your state. It’s equally important for some employers – like those in the restaurant industry – to monitor the minimum wage increases for tipped employees.

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Dec 05 2016

What employers should expect on health care reform following the election

Is the Affordable Care Act dead?

That’s the question many business leaders have been asking themselves over the past few weeks.

After all, President-elect Donald Trump vowed throughout the campaign to “repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare.”

Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at the top items surrounding health care reform you should be aware of as the new administration takes shape.

Remember – nothing has changed yet! ACA deadlines still apply, and the Affordable Care Act is still very much the law of the land.

But here’s the speculation:

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Nov 30 2016

CheckWriters Development Team presents new design for HRCheck Company module

As promised, our Development Team will be rolling out the latest batch of revamped HRCheck screens on Monday, December 5.

Get ready for the clean and simplified design to appear across your HRCheck Company module.

As we mentioned when we released our new HRCheck Menu in October, the new design incorporates larger text, a streamlined look and feel, and the ability to utilize the entire window’s real estate.

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Oct 31 2016

You might have to comply with ACA this year

Even if you didn't have to comply with the ACA last year, there's one question you need to ask yourself every year.

Am I an Applicable Large Employer (ALE)?

Of course, the answer to this question depends on the size of your workforce in the previous year - which, for most businesses, varies! That's why you need to look at your workforce every year in order to determine whether you're an ALE. Because if the answer is yes, you'll need to comply with the law to avoid costly penalties and fines.

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Oct 20 2016

CheckWriters Development Team unveils new HRCheck menu

Soon, CheckWriters will unveil a new menu for HRCheck, our all-in-one payroll and HR software.

Everything you love about HRCheck is still easily accessible from one, central location. And now, a clean and simplified menu with larger text allows for easier navigation and a streamlined look and feel.

“One nice aspect of this new design is that the menu can be collapsed to allow more space for page content. This is especially useful when using our Free-Form Scheduling calendar and Timesheet Management pages that utilize the entire window’s real estate,” said Justin Friend, the lead designer on the project. This latest release from our Development Team comes following user input as well as consultation with HR professionals.

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