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Your Guide to Understanding Nonprofit Payroll

Posted by Corie Stark on Aug 13, 2020

When you think of a nonprofit organization, you might picture an army of volunteers graciously donating their time without pay. In reality, nonprofits run much like corporations with paid employees and regularly scheduled paydays. They face challenges similar to for-profit businesses like accurately withholding payroll taxes while also facing obstacles unique to nonprofits such as staying within a tightly limited budget, using grant money for certain payroll expenses, and determining reasonable executive compensation. While all this may sound overwhelming, proactive research and preparation can help make understanding and implementing nonprofit payroll easier. Here’s a look at what leaders of nonprofit organizations need to know.

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Topics: Payroll, Payroll Basics, Small Business

New to Restaurant Payroll? Here Are 8 Rules for Getting It Right

Posted by Corie Stark on Feb 26, 2020

Owning a restaurant comes with responsibilities to both patrons and employees. For patrons, food quality, a clean environment, and friendly customer service top the list. When it comes to employees, a safe working environment, proper training and equipment, and friendly managers and coworkers are key to keeping them engaged and happy. But one thing outweighs all other worker benefits: meeting expectations on payday. If you don't provide employees with the right amount of wages at the right time, everything else becomes irrelevant.

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Topics: Payroll, Payroll Basics

6 Payroll Tasks to Complete When an Employee Leaves

Posted by Corie Stark on Sep 9, 2019

No matter the size of your business, or how good your retention rate is, from time to time, an employee resigns in favor of other opportunities. For them, it means a new chapter in their professional life. For you, it means closing the book on their employment with your company.

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Topics: Payroll, Employer Basics

5 Steps to a Successful Payroll Implementation

Posted by Corie Stark on Aug 29, 2019

If you’ve been putting up with a payroll and HR system that no longer works for you and your employees, it’s likely time to take the leap and move to a new system. Switching systems can mean fewer manual processes and streamlined data flows, giving your team more time to focus on more strategic and people-oriented tasks within your department. If you’ve determined switching is the best option, you’re likely concerned about the work involved in moving to a new system. Working with unfamiliar technology and people, loading and mapping employee data and history, conducting user training on the new system…it can seem overwhelming. However, you can minimize the stress and workload by following a few essential guidelines for a successful payroll implementation.

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Topics: Payroll, Payroll Basics

6 Tips for a Stress-free Payroll Process

Posted by Corie Stark on Jun 6, 2019

 

On the surface, managing the payroll process may seem like a simple, straightforward task. You provide paychecks to all your employees on time, and everyone in your company is happy. That seems easy, right? In reality, there is a lot more to the process than meets the eye - and you’re not alone if you feel stressed trying to handle all its moving parts.

When you really get down to it, payroll processing for each of your employees involves in-depth knowledge of wage laws and payroll taxes at the local, state, and federal levels, employee deductions, your company’s internal processes, and most importantly – patience. That doesn’t sound so straightforward, after all, does it? In order to reduce your stress, here are guidelines for creating a more manageable payroll processing experience.

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Topics: Payroll

What You Need to Know About Unemployment Taxes

Posted by Corie Stark on Apr 30, 2019

If you prioritized business owners' favorite responsibilities, payroll taxes would likely fall towards the bottom of the list. Unless you have a deep history in payroll processing, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the ins and outs of tax obligations—from Social Security and Medicare to federal and state unemployment taxes and beyond.

But it doesn’t have to be a burden. Here are essential elements to managing one type of employer tax, unemployment insurance, from filing the correct form to being proactive in controlling your tax rate.

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Topics: Payroll, Payroll Basics, Small Business, Employer Basics

Are You Calculating Overtime Correctly?

Posted by Susan Bagnall on Jan 22, 2019

Overtime compensation rules are among the many labor regulations established by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) designed to protect workers. Calculating overtime pay may seem like a no-brainer, but actually, overtime pay calculations can be tricky. It can be more complicated than a simple time and a half calculation, and there are a number of FLSA rules that need to be considered when calculating overtime or you could find yourself the target of a Department of Labor investigation and liable for back pay, damages, and penalties.

Here are some of the fundamental FLSA rules and calculations to help you ensure you are paying employees correctly and protecting your business.

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Topics: Payroll

Awkward Questions You Should Ask Potential Payroll Vendors

Posted by Kelly Allen on Nov 19, 2018

Have you ever been on a first date and ended up playing Twenty Questions? As nerve-wracking and awkward as it can be, you have to forge through if you’re serious about getting to know someone better and decide if the relationship is worth pursuing. The same goes in your quest to find the right payroll company. You are making an important investment, so you’d better know to whom you’re entrusting your employee data and paychecks.

We compiled a list of questions to ask prospective providers that may feel a bit awkward to ask but will provide you with vital information to help you make the right choice.

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Topics: Payroll

8 Payroll Myths Debunked

Posted by Kelly Allen on May 31, 2018

Have you ever watched MythBusters, the science experiment television show that sets out to test myths and prove or debunk them once and for all? The hosts’ mission is to unveil the truth behind urban myths, folktales, and legends. Well, that's what we're doing in this post! We are debunking eight payroll myths we often hear in our industry. Chances are good you've heard one or two of these myths before.

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Topics: Payroll

5 Quick Tips for Handling Employment Tax Notices

Posted by Kelly Allen on Jan 11, 2018

 

If you’ve received an official IRS notice, the likely response is to panic. But panicking is not really necessary. Notices are often just a matter of a clerical error or payment discrepancy that is easily resolved. Sometimes the required fixes are simple, and sometimes they are complex, but the important thing is to be active and transparent.

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Topics: Payroll

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