Ordinance 31181 – Dallas Businesses Must Provide Employees Paid Sick Pay

The city of Dallas has passed ordinance 31181 on April 24th, 2019 to improve the health, safety, and welfare of employees who work and reside in the city of Dallas. This additional ordinance focuses on “Earned Paid Sick Time” which requires local employers to establish and implement a written paid sick time policy within their employee handbooks.  This added requirement allows employees to take leave for work to take care of themselves or a “close family member”. Furthermore, employees have more flexibility…

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Payroll Outsourcing Costs Businesses Money: 9 Risk Factors to Consider

  I have heard the phrase “price is not everything” many times in my life. I've been told that being cheap often sometimes will “get you what you paid for.” The most profound piece of advice that I received about spending money came from an old man in passing. I was debating if I should save a few dollars and buy some fast food from a drive-through dollar menu or visit a small-town gourmet burger restaurant. The man said to me, “If…

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Save On Employee Health Insurance Costs by Self Insuring

Self Funded Health Insurance Plans Reduce Company Costs We are often led to believe that risk is bad and nothing good can come of it. It's commonly associated with being a victim of identity theft, loss of property, or losing your invested investment portfolio overnight. This kind of thinking ultimately results in thousands of dollars a month to hundreds of thousands of dollars being wasted annually. These companies that I am referencing in this post are all relatively small businesses ranging from…

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11 Reasons Why Businesses Change Payroll Services

What are the factors that cause business owners to change payroll providers? Talking with small business owners about what they like about one payroll company over another varies greatly depending on their individual philosophy, experience and core values. Allow me to list just list a few reasons that cause organizations to switch their payroll software and talk about payroll business solutions business owners value. Let's look at a few key factors that a big deal to everyone: Quality Payroll Price -   Paying…

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 20 Costly Employee Benefits & HR Mistakes

Mistakes in employee benefits and human resources can be quite costly to employers—in the form of extra benefits, complaints, lawsuits, government-assessed fines and penalties, and attorney fees, to name a few. Don’t learn the hard way what these mistakes are.   Not timely depositing employee contributions into qualified retirement plans. sometimes wait too long to deposit salary deferrals into a qualified retirement plan. According to the Department of Labor (DOL), such deposits should be made as soon as the contributions can be…

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Costly Mistakes: Failing to Remit Payroll Taxes And Plan Contributions

Like many businesses, you may be feeling the financial crunch these days and be tempted to use the money you deduct for taxes and retirement plan contributions from employees’ wages. Failing to remit payroll taxes and retirement plan contributions in a timely manner is not only a violation of an employer’s legal obligation, but it can also subject your company to heavy penalties. When employers deduct income and Social Security taxes from employees’ wages, the money is not theirs to use, even…

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Determining Whether a COVID-19 Case Is Work-related

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created massive change and concern for employers and employees across the world. Even as businesses reopen and employees return to their new normal, the risk of becoming exposed to and ill with COVID-19 is still present. When an employee reports they have COVID-19, employers are faced with the difficult task of determining whether the employee’s illness is work-related. This HR Insights piece will provide an overview of how employers can determine when a COVID-19 case is work-related,…

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The Professional Employer Organization – The Good, Bad and The Alternative
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The Professional Employer Organization – The Good, Bad and The Alternative

Sometimes companies have trouble meeting their human resources needs, especially while also trying to increase profits. To assist in this area, many companies hire professional employer organizations (PEOs). If you hire a PEO, your employees are no longer fall under your tax ID number; they assumed to be employees to the PEO. You will also delegate  HR responsibilities to the PEO. Though the company officially hires its employees, the PEO handles payroll, benefits administration, workers' compensation, medical insurance, and retirement accounts. Then,…

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States Update Employee Leave Requirements for Corona virus
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States Update Employee Leave Requirements for Corona virus

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, states have passed new laws and issued new regulations and guidance about employee leave taken for COVID-19 reasons. These provisions are in addition to the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion requirements passed on March 18 as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). In general, employee leave permitted under new state COVID-19 rules and guidance varies with respect to factors like the employers and employees covered…

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