Trouble Making Payroll in a Tough Economy – Could Vacations be the Answer

Making payroll is always a top priority. But for many companies during the economic difficulties of the last few years, payroll has been an ongoing concern every pay period. Creativity and loyalty to staff members has given many company leaders the incentive to find alternative ways to make payroll, rather than laying off valuable, dependable workers. In October 2008 the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted a survey that examined paid leave policies and practices in the workplace. The survey was ... Read more

Salary Discrepancy Between Men and Women

Salary discrepancy between men and women.The salary gap between men and women in the U.S. has closed significantly in the last 50 years. But despite a generation or so of serious attention to the issue, there’s still a long way to go to achieve the elusive goal of equity.  “These differences aren’t going to go away overnight,” said Dr. Nancy Bush, a marketing professor at Wingate (N.C.) University, noting that equal pay for men and women was part of the Republican ... Read more

Dating In the Workplace: Fifty Shades of a Legal Debacle?

Dating in the workplace: Legail Debacle or Life Changing Romance!For those enthralled in the best seller Fifty Shades of Grey, a workplace romance might seem like a positive next step in life (or in the workplace) but the reality is not that sexy.  For employers it may prove to be an untidy and expensive embarrassment. All too often what starts as a common interest in another person can end up in a messy sexual harassment law suit.  Sexual harassment is defined legally ... Read more

Stay Competitive – Plan For Payroll Increases

According to the business consulting firm Mercer, 98 percent of the 1500 employers included on a recent survey plan to increase employee pay in 2013. Salary increases are expected to be up by 2.9 percent, an increase from 2011 and 2010. CNN Money reports that pay raises will not, however, be uniform across the board. Workers designated as top performers are expected to get larger compensation increases than average workers. Some top workers can expect increases as high as 4.5 percent while ... Read more

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

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

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

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

What Small Business Owners Don’t Know Can Hurt Them Unless….

How important is it that a small business owner stays informed? Information is absolutely critical to small business owners and managers. The problem is, it changes daily, even hourly at times. Keeping up with the latest rules, regulations and appropriate procedures for operating a small business can make the difference between successful entrepreneurs or just great ideas that never get to grow. Some of the most important, ever-changing and critical aspects of business operations are payroll, taxes and HR policy compliance. Staying on top ... Read more