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Progressive Discipline: How to apply a fair and firm policy

 The Law:  While no federal or state law requires you to create and follow a progressive-discipline policy, courts often come down hard on employers that promise progressive discipline but fail to deliver it.  In fact, many employee lawsuits stem from the employee’s perception that he or she didn’t receive a “fair” deal.  That’s why the [...]

February 20th, 2010|Human Resources|

CA Tax Withholding for Independent Contractors!

New Law takes effect January 1, 2010 Payments to independent contractors that are subject to federal backup withholding are now subject to state backup withholding at a 7% rate. The Franchise Tax Board is implementing new withholding and filing procedures for these non-wage payments.  All withholding payments need to be remitted with a payment voucher.  [...]

February 15th, 2010|Human Resources|

Do you feel lucky?

Paying Non-Employees IT ONLY TAKES ONCE! I know there are some of you business owners who think you can wait to worry about HR until you're a little bigger. My question is, "what are you waiting for?" Recently I had a business owner call me in a panic. He was a one-person business who happened to [...]

January 29th, 2010|Human Resources|

When Time Really Is Money

Why GOOD job descriptions will save you money I haven't yet met the business owner who gets excited about writing an in-depth job description. Go figure! The most frequent excuse is that they don't see the value in spending much time on it. The job description is your starting point when hiring and, later, in managing the [...]

January 29th, 2010|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources|

When Time Really Is Money

Why GOOD job descriptions will save you money I haven't yet met the business owner who gets excited about writing an in-depth job description. Go figure! The most frequent excuse is that they don't see the value in spending much time on it. The job description is your starting point when hiring and, later, in managing the [...]

January 29th, 2010|Human Resources|

Look like an expert

When an employee asks you about SS benefits. For those born in 1941 or earlier, full retirement (FR) is 65 yrs, 8 mos; 1942, 65 yrs, 10 mos, increasing to age 67 for those born in 1960 and later. Age                                                                                        Benefits  FR age reached before 2010                                        Those born in 1937 or before, receive full benefits [...]

January 19th, 2010|Human Resources|

Employment Status Course Available on Internet and CD

Want to learn more about the basics of classifying workers as employees or independent contractors, but don’t have time to attend a classroom seminar? Our Web-based class is designed for you! The employment Status course explain common and statutory law as it is applied by the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the Internal Revenue Service [...]

January 18th, 2010|Human Resources|

Payroll at Year End

If you report on the accrual basis, GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) require you to record all your expenses in the time frame it is incurred.  This means that you should be accruing payroll expenses for the remaining days worked in December, after the last paid period.  So, that means, if you work Monday thru [...]

December 14th, 2009|Human Resources|

Part Time Employees

Assorted Do’s and Don’ts Do withhold FICA on part-timers, including retirees. Even if someone who works for you part-time also has a full-time job where they have had 100% of their FICA withheld for the year, you must withhold the full amount of FICA from their pay. These individuals can obtain a refund of any [...]

December 13th, 2009|Entrepreneurs, Human Resources, Tax Alerts|

California Personal Income Tax Withholding Schedules Replaced

Just an FYI - Effective November 1, 2009, California Personal Income Tax (PIT) Withholding Schedules Replaced Watch for computer updates to your software!!  If you are not using MAS or QuickBooks payroll, the modified schedules can be downloaded from EDD’s web site at http://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Taxes/Rates_and_Withholding.htm#2009PITWithholdingSchedules

October 15th, 2009|Human Resources, Tax Alerts|

Ten Steps to Effectively Review Resumes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in July 2009 was 9.4% compared to 5.8% in July last year. In turn, many employers have observed from their growing stacks of resumes, a wider availability of experienced workers as interested job applicants. As the employer, to effectively determine which resumes will lead [...]

October 12th, 2009|Human Resources|

Posting Employee Contributions for Health Insurance

A client called asking for help in posting payroll deductions for employee contributions for health insurance. The insurance bill has to be paid in advance, and she's posting it to the Employee Benefits; Health Insurance expense account.  Then, when she wants to remit payroll liabilities she can't write a check to clear the deductions, because the check [...]

October 12th, 2009|Human Resources|

California Simplifies the E-Payment Process

QuickBooks Payroll Users take note! Earlier this year the California Employment Development Department (EDD) eliminated two areas in the e-payment process to make it easier for customers. You no longer have to enroll with the agency to make e-payments, and now you no longer have to enter a 4-digit PIN number when submitting an e-payment. [...]

October 8th, 2009|Human Resources, Tips & Tricks QuickBooks|

Automated Time Tracking and Job Costing!

I just discovered what appears to be an awesome application!  XORA!  This application will keep track of your workers with time and GPS coordinates AND connect to QuickBooks (and other) accounting software to transfer the information for Payroll processing as well as customer invoicing! I learned about this software from one of my construction clients [...]

October 2nd, 2009|Human Resources, Tips & Tricks QuickBooks|

Handling employee Paid Time Off programs

With many thanks to Brad Flipse, CEO and the good folks at NetPay Services 619-756-9224 www.netpayservices.com  No federal or state law exists that requires an employer to offer the benefit of paying employees to take time off from work. While tempting not to provide such a benefit, many employers often are compelled to offer such [...]

September 6th, 2009|Human Resources|