Employee Vacation Time Can Add Value to a Company’s Business

It's the peak of the vacation season. And while many employees are taking time off their jobs to rest, relax and recharge, that time away is adding value to their employer's business. According to the Austin (Texas) Business Journal, one dollar's investment in employer-sponsored vacation benefits yields a $3 return in improved productivity and morale. And, in his book "Go Away: Just for the Health of It," Dr. Mel Byrns says that for every dollar that companies get back in vacation time not taken, ... Read more

Workers’ Comp Alert!

Worker's Comp Alert!A new North Carolina law allows lawmakers to potentially incarcerate employers for failure to provide workers' compensation! State lawmakers' have approved HB 237 which requires the state Industrial Commission to capture all information from the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which records insurance information on employers. The Industrial Commission insures that employers have coverage and resolves workers' claims. The new bill allows non-compliant employers to be pursued and may even allow penalties for non-compliance to include incarceration. The bill has been ... Read more

A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name

A few years back Suzie Crage of Stanley Labs' Human Resources Department was working with a large corporate provider to handle Stanley's outsourced payroll management. The company was supposed to be great at what they did; they had a great reputation and had promised Crage the moon. And Stanley was paying top dollar for the services. Then one afternoon Crage got a batch of bad paychecks. "There's nothing worse than a mistake in a paycheck. You don't want an employee with an incorrect ... Read more

Back to the Basics With Expert Outsourcing

Business owners may view performing day-to-day operations as simply a headache. The truth is that the time required to manage business operations may actually damage the viability of the business. Business management sometimes becomes an overwhelming task that can strangle the original vision of a company by consuming the time, energy and talent of the management and staff. Focus on the basics should be the mission of all companies and employees. A focus on day-to-day business management sometimes pulls talented professionals away ... Read more

Don’t Let This Tragic IRS Story Be Yours!

At Christmas time in 2003 Frankie's Restaurant on Morehead Street had to close because of a fire in the kitchen. Everybody loved Frankie's and the loyal clientele of the mainstay hangout waited patiently, passing news by word of mouth until news came that Frankie's was seating again. Frankie's was a great place. The crowd was loyal. But then in October of 2009 the Charlotte Observer ran a shocking headline that read very simply, "Frankie's Restaurant Closes Its Doors." Reporter Jen Aronoff said ... Read more

Bi-Weekly VS Semi-Monthly Payroll. Complicated?

Every decision counts…..and when it comes to running a business there are tons! An important payroll question is when and how to pay employees. Commonly employers will pay bi-weekly, meaning every two weeks or semi-monthly, which is different – employees are paid on predetermined dates two times every month. Let’s take a look at the differences. When employees are paid on a bi-weekly system they receive 26 paychecks per year. On a semi-monthly system they receive 24; however, bi-weekly checks are smaller ... Read more

DirectHR: Even the Table of Contents Helps!

Have you ever had trouble beginning a project simply because there were too many tasks to organize? Remember the old saying: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Managing a business can certainly be overwhelming, especially the day-to-day operations. Business owners and managers have a lot on their plates and sometimes the challenge of everyday business functions simply comes down to making sense of many small, but critical tasks. How can managers know every component of necessary business ... Read more

Quarter End Reminder – 2nd Quarter 2012

We are rapidly approaching the end of 2nd Quarter 2012. The last day of processing for this quarter will be Friday, June 29, 2012. If you have any adjustments that need to be included in this quarter, please submit them to your Account Manager no later than 1:00pm on the 29th. Adjustments may include manual checks written by you, or any checks you may have voided. For our Clients who have "APPLIED FOR" State and/or Unemployment ID numbers, please send them in ... Read more

Ebert Joins DirectPay Payroll as Sales Manager

  CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brian Ebert has joined DirectPay Payroll Services as Sales Manager. Brian Ebert Joins DirectPay Payroll in Charlotte NCEbert, a native of Bethlehem, Pa., is a specialist in online payroll services. He has worked with DirectPay’s software for seven years and brings more than 10 years of experience in payroll systems to the position. “I’m so excited to be working with a local company that focuses on customer service,” said Ebert, who has lived in the Charlotte area for 18 years. ... Read more

Does Facebook Make Employees More Productive?

Goofing off at work actually increases worker productivity. That’s what the Wall Street Journal reports, from a study released by researchers in Singapore in 2011. According to the article, researchers Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G. Lim of the National University of Singapore, in a study titled “Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement,” provided evidence that workers who surf the Internet during the workday actually get more done. The study examined the work of 96 students. Three groups were split into a control ... Read more
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