What is FLSA?

What is FLSA?

FLSA stands for Fair Labor Standards Act. According to the United States Department of Labor, it “establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.”   It was originally drafted in 1932 by Senator Hugo Black before a […]

Five Steps to a Better Employee Handbook

Five Steps to a Better Employee Handbook

A company’s employee handbook is something that every employer should have might not feel worthy of much time or attention. At many jobs, it is simply an obligatory part of training or orientation that does little more than inform new employees of company rules and policies. However, it should be much more than that. Instead, […]

Employer Considerations For Pregnant Employees

Employer Considerations For Pregnant Employees

We are currently in the midst of the time of year between July and September when the most babies are born in America, peaking in mid-September with nine of the ten most common birthdays in America falling between September 9th through 20th.   This means that, as an employer, you are more likely than any […]

Claiming 1099 Income on Yearly Taxes

Claiming 1099 Income on Yearly Taxes

If you do any freelance or independent contractor work, figuring out how to do everything required of you can be quite difficult at first. You are probably used to your employer taking care of things like withholding appropriate taxes each pay period. However, as an independent contractor, you will need to learn how to take […]

ACA Compliance Update: What You Need to Know

If you are a small business owner waiting to get definitive word on the long-term future of health care regulations, then you will have to wait a bit longer. For now, however, the immediate future is more certain than it has been for many months. This is due to the Senate voting against Republican efforts […]

Can a PEO Really Save You Money?

As a small business owner, you know how important every dollar your company spends is. You want to make your money count and help you down the path to achieving your entrepreneurial goals. You also know that your time is important, and frequently way too much of it is spent on logistical and administrative details. […]

4 Myths About Overtime Debunked

There are many myths out there about overtime rules, regulations, exemptions, and specifics. However, it is incredibly important that employers do not fall for these inaccurate assumptions, but instead follow overtime rules as they are meant to be followed. According to The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay non-exempt employees at an […]

When Contesting Unemployment Claims Makes Sense (And When it Doesn’t)

When Contesting Unemployment Claims Makes Sense (And When it Doesn’t)

Contesting unemployment claims is an important thing to understand as a small business owner. In certain situations, former employees are absolutely entitled to claim unemployment. Other times, however, these claims are worth contesting. When should you contest an unemployment claim, then? What circumstances do you need to look at in order to make this decision? […]

OSHA Indefinitely Postpones the Electronic Reporting Rule

OSHA Indefinitely Postpones Electronic Reporting Rule

With their Electronic Reporting Rule, OSHA intended to require certain employers to begin filing their OSHA 300A Injury Summaries electronically beginning July 1, 2017. As of Wednesday, May 24th however, OSHA has postponed the filing requirement for an indefinite period of time. It is unclear at this time whether OSHA intends other changes to either […]

What Are FICA and FUTA?

What are FICA and FUTA?

As a small business owner, there are countles rules, regulations, and taxes that you have to keep track of. Not only that, but frequently explanations only serve to further complicate things with confusingly technical language. Two incredibly important ones that can be confusing for some are FICA and FUTA taxes. So, what are FICA and […]