Human Resources

There are two instances in which an employee may present you with their Social Security card: for payroll purposes and for I-9 purposes. But, while you can ask that employees show you their Social Security card for payroll purposes, you cannot tell them to use...

Most employers must carry workers' compensation insurance. Employers can typically purchase the insurance policy through either the state or a private insurance company. Under a traditional policy, premiums are based on your estimated payroll for the upcoming policy year. This anticipated premium can be paid as...

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 77 percent of private-sector employees received paid vacation time according to 2018 stats. Employers provide paid vacation or PTO as a way of encouraging employee productivity and remaining competitive in the job market. Typically, employees accrue vacation/PTO, up to...

Currently under the age of 25, Gen Z workers typically represent recent college graduates or those juggling college and a job. Generational profiles indicate that millennials and Gen Z-ers share many similar characteristics; however, there are some key differences between them. For example, Gen Z-ers are...

An employee's personnel file contains important work-related information specific to him or her. This may include: Job description. Job application. Resume. Employment offer. W-4 form. Employee benefits forms. Emergency contacts. Employment contract. Performance reviews. Complaints from clients or co-workers. Attendance records. Disciplinary actions. Termination records.   Employees...

The Internal Revenue Service defines special wage payment (SWP) as "an amount paid by an employer to an employee (or former employee) for services performed in a prior year." SWPs include: Back pay. Severance pay. Accumulated vacation or sick pay. Bonuses. Sales commissions. Deferred compensation. Payments...

Bonuses are a form of variable pay that are used to inspire employee loyalty or reward performance, and it's essential to know about the different kinds. Discretionary bonuses   A bonus is discretionary if it's given solely at the employer's discretion and does not cause an expectation of...

Self-service platforms let employees view and manage certain HR and payroll tasks themselves, which eases pressure on the HR or payroll team. Studies show that the vast majority of employers offer self-service HR or payroll. In National Payroll Week's 2020 "Getting Paid in America" survey,...

These are hard times for businesses trying to navigate the various rules and regulations related to reopening after the pandemic. No business wants to get caught up in litigation if it can be avoided.  Five of the most pressing health-related concerns are discussed here: Can COVID-19...

As it does each year, the IRS has announced changes for health savings accounts (HSAs), which are associated with high-deductible health plans. HSAs Explained   As explained by the IRS, “A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account you set up with a qualified HSA trustee...