Communicating Coronavirus Updates to Your Employees: The Patriot Software Way

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Patriot Software is headquartered in Ohio, a state that’s been at the forefront of pandemic response. Patriot Software’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Mike Wheeler—who is a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio—has been in daily communication […].

Payroll Articles 2019 | Year in Review With Patriot Software

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Luckily, Patriot’s payroll blog has the answers to your most-asked payroll-related questions. The post Payroll Articles 2019 | Year in Review With Patriot Software appeared first on Patriot Software. With so much payroll information and so little time, it can be difficult to keep up as a business owner. Interested in seeing our most popular payroll articles from this year? Check out our top 10 most-read payroll articles 2019. Top payroll articles […].

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Payroll Articles 2019 | Year in Review With Patriot Software

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Luckily, Patriot’s payroll blog has the answers to your most-asked payroll-related questions. The post Payroll Articles 2019 | Year in Review With Patriot Software appeared first on Payroll Tips, Training, and News. With so much payroll information and so little time, it can be difficult to keep up as a business owner. Interested in seeing our most popular payroll articles from this year? Check out our top 10 most-read payroll articles 2019. Top payroll articles […].

What to Know About Shift Differential Pay

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Many employers find themselves extending their hours of operation to keep up with customer demands. Businesses operating day and night need employees who are willing to work evening or late shifts. However, it can be difficult to recruit employees for these undesirable hours.

Connecticut Paid Family Leave and What to Know

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Connecticut joined the paid family leave states when employers began handling Connecticut paid family leave contributions in 2021. Time has flown by and it’s now 2022. What does that mean? Employees in Connecticut can now apply for benefits from the state’s paid family leave program.

Who Pays Unemployment Tax?

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When an employee becomes unemployed, they might qualify to receive unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits are funded by unemployment taxes, which are paid based on employee wages. But who pays unemployment tax? You or your employees?

How to Fill Out Form 941: Your Step-by-step Guide

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The post How to Fill Out Form 941: Your Step-by-step Guide appeared first on Patriot Software. If you have employees, you likely need to fill out and file Form 941 each quarter. Form 941 is jam-packed with different sections and calculations, which leaves room for errors.

Employee Discounts: A Morale & Sale Boost in One 

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Want to encourage employees to sport your company’s apparel? Or, looking for an employee benefit that’s appealing to new hires? You may consider offering employee discounts. Employee discount programs for small business come with several business benefits, like increased retention and sales.

How to Manage Payroll for Small Business Owners

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There’s nothing like starting your own small business. Being your own boss means you choose how to run things, and it lets you see your ideas come to life. But, you have a million and one things on your plate. You might decide to hire new employees to streamline business operations.

What You Can (and Should) Do to Achieve Gender Equality at Work

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The topic of gender equality at work is heavily debated. Do hiring managers place more men than women? Do women earn less than men working the same jobs? Are women passed up for promotion opportunities? According to many studies, the answer is yes to all of the above.

One of a Kind: Maine’s Paid Sick Leave Law

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With paid sick leave programs on the rise, more and more states are establishing new laws for employers. One state that has taken its law to the next level is Maine. The Maine paid sick leave law boasts something that no other state can: paid leave for any reason.

Do Employers Have to Pay Unemployment Taxes?

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As a small employer, you have all sorts of payroll taxes to worry about: income taxes, Medicare tax, and Social Security tax. But, what about unemployment taxes? Do employers have to pay unemployment taxes? Do employers have to pay unemployment taxes?

State Tax ID: What Is It, How to Apply, & Beyond

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If you have employees, you have responsibilities—one of which is to obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). But, that’s not the only identifying number you need. More than likely, you also need a state tax ID number. So, what is a state ID number, and how can you obtain it?

What Is Workers’ Compensation Fraud?

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Accidents can happen in the workplace. When an employee gets a work-related injury or illness, your business could be on the line. Workers’ compensation insurance protects you by reimbursing employees when accidents take place.

Is Your Business Breaking the Law With Pay Secrecy Policies?

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For many years, it was typical for employers to discourage discussions about pay in the workplace. And, many businesses had or have pay secrecy policies to prevent employees from talking about their compensation. Nowadays, pay transparency is on the rise to help combat gender inequality at work.

What Is a Statutory Employee?

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Have you ever seen that tiny box on a W-2 form for statutory employees? Have you wondered, What is a statutory employee? If so, you’re not alone. Many employers without statutory employees aren’t entirely sure what this classification means.

What Is the ABC Test, and How Can Small Business Owners Comply?

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The laws surrounding worker status have long been ambiguous. Deciding whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor has been largely left up to the employer’s discretion. Not anymore. Thanks to California’s 2018 court ruling, workers are now presumed to be employees.

Basic Payroll Tips for Handling Holiday Gifts to Your Employees

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It’s the holiday season. Depending on your business, you might be in the midst of holiday sales and special offers. You might have decked your office or retail space with festive decorations to show holiday spirit to customers. But, what about your employees?

Knock, Knock. Is Your Employee There? Tracking Employee Attendance

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Tracking employee attendance can help you reduce employee absenteeism and manage employee benefits like sick leave and overtime wages. There are plenty of reasons to track employee attendance. Read on to learn what is employee attendance tracking and ways to track employee attendance.

What Is a Workweek?

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Let’s say your employees come to work Monday through Friday. They don’t work at all on Saturday and Sunday. Monday through Friday is their workweek, right? Not when it comes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and your payroll. For payroll, there are no such things as business days and weekends.

Is Paying Employees Cash Under the Table Legal?

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Some businesses prefer paying employees cash instead of other payment methods, like direct deposit or check. If you choose to pay cash wages, you are still responsible for depositing and reporting employment taxes.

Time Theft: What it Is and How to Stop It

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Do you think an employee is stealing time from your company? There are many types of employee time theft. And, worker time fraud can be expensive for your business. Let’s say you have an employee who steals 15 minutes of time per shift, and they work five times per week.

What Is Washington Labor and Industries?

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If you’re an employer, you are responsible for handling payroll taxes for your employees. And on top of your payroll responsibilities, you might also need to get workers’ compensation coverage.

How to Gross up Payroll

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If you want to pay an employee supplemental compensation, such as a bonus or a relocation payment, you must withhold payroll taxes just like with regular wages. But, what if you want an employee to receive a specific amount after taxes? That is when you gross-up payroll figures.

Roth 401(k) vs. Roth IRA: What Is the Difference?

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Are you thinking about offering retirement plans at your small business? There are a lot of retirement options to choose from. Two common retirement plans for employees are individual retirement arrangement/account (IRA) plans and 401(k) plans.

What Is an Apprenticeship, and How Does it Work?

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You might be familiar with apprenticeships but not realize how many industries depend on them to thrive. Did you know that apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular in the United States? You can create apprenticeship programs at your small business, too!

What Is a Cost of Living Raise?

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Employees love raises. Regular raises can improve employee happiness and put them in a better financial position. And, raises can reduce your employee turnover. You can give raises for merit or increasing job value. You might also give a cost of living raise.

Pay Card Laws by State and Regulations

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As pay card usage picks up steam, you may consider using them in your small business. But before you decide to implement this payment method, you must understand pay card laws by state. Many states have laws in place that prohibit, limit, or allow employers to use pay cards.

What Is Mileage Reimbursement, and How Does it Work?

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As a business owner, running errands is inevitable. But sometimes, you are too busy to make the run yourself. You might send an employee to pick up something or handle a task for you.

Is Paid Family Leave Taxable?

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State-mandated and voluntary paid family and medical leave is on the rise. A number of states (and D.C.) have implemented paid family leave (PFL) programs, and more than one in three employers offer this benefit.

What Is a Furlough?

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When it comes to business, things don’t always go according to plan. At some point, you may find your company struggling to stay afloat financially. And if that time comes, you may need to furlough some workers to avoid drowning. So, what is furlough?

Everything You Need to Know Before Offering a Sign-on Bonus

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You’re struggling to find good, quality candidates to fill an open position. Or, you’ve found the perfect candidate and want to sweeten the job offer. What do you do? In either case, you may consider offering a sign-on bonus.

Need Reasons to Hire Veterans? Here Are a Dozen!

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Veterans, who have worked to protect the U.S., can be skilled, responsible employees who bring multiple advantages to your small business. Reasons to hire veterans There are plenty of reasons to hire veterans. Here are some of the unique experiences and strengths a veteran can bring to your business.

State Income Taxes for Out of State Employees

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Each state’s income taxes are different. Some states have low taxes, some have high taxes, and some states don’t have income taxes at all.

What You Need to Know About a Conflict of Interest in the Workplace

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Many different issues can come up in business. At some point, there might be a conflict of interest in the workplace. To ensure business operations run smoothly, you have to take action and do what’s best for your company. What is an employee conflict of interest?

The Deadline for Depositing 401(k) Deferrals (and What to Do If You’re Late)

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If you provide a 401(k) account as a benefit to your employees, you need to know the deadline for depositing the employee deferrals into their accounts. If you don’t deposit 401(k) contributions on time, you might face multiple consequences.

A Closer Look at Medicare and Medicare Taxable Wage

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As an employer, you’re responsible for payroll taxes, like Medicare tax. So, what’s the purpose of Medicare tax? And, what does it include? Keep reading to get a brief rundown. Medicare tax overview Medicare taxable wage is defined as gross earnings minus non-taxable income.

Pros and Cons of Direct Deposit

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There are a few different payment options you can offer your employees. Direct deposit is one popular choice for both employees and employers. Before implementing it at your business, weigh the pros and cons of direct deposit. What is direct deposit?

What Are Allocated Tips?

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In the foodservice industry, tips are an important part of employee compensation. Tips are added to employee wages so they can earn at least minimum wage. But, what happens when a tipped employee earns few tips? What are allocated tips?

How Many Types of Work Shifts Does Your Small Business Need?

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To operate your business, you may need employees working varied hours in the day. Some industries and positions require different types of work shifts outside typical business hours. What shifts do you need employees to work in your small business?