FSA, HSA, and 401(k) Contribution Limits to Increase in 2015

Several of the most common benefit plans and account types have an increased allowance for contribution limits in 2015. The IRS has announced that it will raise the annual dollar limit on contributions for health care flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and 401(k) accounts based on cost of living adjustments (COLAs). These […]

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December 2014 Newsletter

As the year comes to a close, you and your organization should reflect on the incredible work you all have done to get to this point, and prepare for the many updates and changes that you expect 2015 to bring. Your HR Professionals are available to guide you through these matters and give you the […]

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Ever Heard of Employment Branding?

Employment branding is the process of positioning an organization as an employer’s choice in the labor market. Employment branding is essential to analyze because employers can understand what motivates individuals to work for and continue working for particular organizations. Some employers such as Google, Apple, Sony, etc. have created images that are universal icons which […]

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Social Media as a Recruiting Tool

Large corporations have long utilized e-recruiting strategies and tools to seek and secure top talent. As technology has evolved towards more cost-effective rates, more and more small to mid-sized employers have turned to e-recruiting as an affordable strategy to find, attract, and select job applicants for their companies’ hiring needs. Nowadays, one of the more […]

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Handling the Expanding Issue of Obesity Discrimination

Published last October in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a Duke University study estimated the cost of obesity among U.S. full-time employees to be $73.1 billion. According to the study, the cost of obesity accounted for (1) employee medical expenses, (2) job productivity loss (due to health problems), and (3) work absenteeism. Facing […]

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Components of an Effective Compensation System

As a reflection of leadership’s strategy about how it values its employees, a well-established compensation system allows employers to optimize on employee engagement, productivity, financial resources, and organizational goals. Consider the following components and how to apply them into your business today: Organizational Goals. Make sure to pay employees for their individual performances as well […]

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Federal Unemployment Tax Rate Reduction

Effective for all payroll dollars paid after June 30, 2011, the federal unemployment tax (FUTA) rate that employers pay on the first $7,000 of employee wages has been reduced by 0.20%.  This will reduce the effective rate paid by most employers from 0.80% to 0.60%, after a credit for paying their state taxes on time.  […]

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The top four reasons to hate your payroll service

Many of our new customers these days are escapees from (ahem) another network …er, payroll service.  Of course, we always ask them to tell us about the issues that are motivating them to change up …and these are the Top Four answers we get: 4.  They keep messing up our payroll, and my employees don’t […]

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How to tell when it’s time to change to a new online payroll service

OK, so you did your homework and chose not to go with a traditional, batch-oriented payroll service.  And you resisted the siren song of your IT group, realizing that it’s just not likely that they could build a competitively-featured application in any reasonable sort of timeframe. So instead, you went with an online payroll service.  […]

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Choosing an online payroll service? … better roll up your sleeves

So you’ve been comparing internet payroll solutions lately, and are leaning toward an online payroll service provider.  That’s good;  because (as we blogged about just recently) there’s virtually nothing to recommend the traditional payroll processing services, whose business model and technological foundation is largely unchanged since the 1960s. But now the challenge becomes choosing the […]

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