Oct 22 2015

Stay on top of these minimum wage trends

Do you know what the first minimum wage was?

Twenty-five cents.

Yes, a quarter (although 75 years ago when the minimum wage was introduced, a quarter was worth about $4 in today's money).

Of course, we live in a different world now – and a much different economy.

And one question lurking in the minds of many employers is “where is the minimum wage headed?”

Below are the latest minimum wage trends in the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

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Oct 08 2015

Your guide to the ACA Cadillac Tax

UPDATE: In December 2015, President Obama signed a law that delayed the Cadillac Tax until at least 2020. Click here for more details. This blog post was written before the delay was signed, but still contains useful information on the tax and its potential effects on business.

Think about the word “Cadillac.”

What sort of adjectives come to mind?

Probably ones like “luxury,” “high-end,” and “expensive.”

So a tax on health care plans named after a fancy car would probably apply to… fancy health care plans. Right?

Well, that’s how the ACA High-Cost Plan Tax – or Cadillac Tax, as it’s come to be known – was envisioned. It was supposed to be a tax on only the fanciest of health plans. 

But left unchanged, the Cadillac Tax will affect a lot more businesses than originally thought.

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Aug 29 2015

How the Form I-9 and E-Verify affect your business

When it comes to the relationship between US immigration laws and US employers, one of the biggest topics you need to stay up-to-date on is Form I-9 compliance and the E-Verify program.

While both deal with employment eligibility, there are major differences between the Form I-9 and E-Verify that can confuse employers (not to mention potential changes that could affect the whole process).

Let’s take a look at the basics of Form I-9 and E-Verify:

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Jul 29 2015

The difference between employees and independent contractors

It's the "gig" economy, stupid!

Yes, the gig economy - defined by workers becoming freelance service providers (such as taxi drivers through Uber or house cleaners through Handy) and dominated by internet startups as platforms to connect those who need a service with those who can provide it.

Judging by the wild success of companies like Uber – which connects users with the nearest available taxi driver using a smartphone app – it’s a rather profitable business model. Which is why there’s been loads of attention lately – from lawsuits to political battles – on the fact that the workers for these new “gig economy” companies are classified as independent contractors instead of employees.

And now, the Department of Labor is revising the traditional standard employers have used to classify workers.

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Jul 09 2015

4 ways employee self-service portals make your job easier and your employees happier

Chances are you have your hands full.

In case you forgot: you have to deal with a host of ever-changing compliance and legal issues, benefits administration, the oversight of confidential employee information, and everything else that comes with managing a team of employees.

And if a magician stepped into your office right now with the power to eliminate a bunch of the time-stealing, email-clogging, desk-covering tasks that characterize your work week, you’d probably be pretty excited.

While we’re running low on magic wands at the moment, we did put together a list of the top 4 benefits of employee self-service portals (ESS) – or features in HR systems that allow employees to manage their personal information and payroll data and easily interact with their organization.

ESS portals will make your job easier and your employees happier in 4 big ways:

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Mar 25 2015

How to add electronic signature to your company forms

This short video will show you how to add electronic signature - or e-sign - to your company forms and documents.

It's easy - just draw the signature box right onto your form and your employees will be able to electronically sign it from their self-service portal.

Don't forget to add the signature date box! 

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Mar 17 2015

Feature preview: document tracing and drag + drop distribution

This short video showcases some of the new features in the HRCheck document center that will be released on Friday, March 20.

You’ll notice a more accessible layout in addition to some new icons. The trace icon will provide a listing of employees who received the document. You can click the icon again to view trace details, which will provide the originator and distributor of the document and if and when the employee e-signed the form. The trace icon will appear red if some employees haven’t e-signed yet.

To send a document, we’ve added drag-and-drop functionality so you can easily select which employees will receive your documents. Just drag the employees over and click “Save.”

Questions about the new document center? Click here for a full-length webinar we hosted on March 12.

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Nov 21 2014

The 5 questions employers asked most about the ACA

Thanks to all who attended our webinar on ACA employer tools and tactics yesterday!

Layla Taylor from Sullivan, Hayes, & Quinn offered her expert insight on the employer provisions of the law, while CheckWriters’ Stacey Hall demonstrated the easy functionality of our ACA Tools.

We've compiled the 5 most-asked questions from the webinar for you to look over. Who knows - your biggest ACA "what-if" might have made the list.

PS: You may have missed the webinar - or you may have found it so useful that you want to watch it again! We posted a video of the webinar to our Vimeo account - click to watch.

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Oct 08 2014

This tax credit earns employers up to $9,600 per eligible employee [Infographic]

Have you heard of it before?

It’s the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) – the one that rewards you for hiring individuals from certain target groups like veterans and social assistance recipients.

And with a potential credit of up to $9,600 per eligible employee during the first year of employment, you’ll want to ensure your pre-screening and documentation processes are in credit-maximizing mode.

Read on to view our infographic on WOTCs so you don’t miss out!

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