Aug
17
2017

Traditional employee performance reviews are dead; try this instead

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“It’s ineffectual to communicate behavioral feedback and perceptions any other way than interpersonally. HR technology can facilitate and document the conversation and review, but only a capable leader can deliver this type of feedback in an honest, motivating, and accountable way,” says Carly Fallon, HR Director at CheckWriters.

In today’s workplace, detached employee rating systems and dispassionate evaluations just won’t cut it. Once Leaders embrace meaningful feedback, the process of evaluating, growing, retaining, and engaging their teams will be that much stronger.

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Jul
12
2017

2 leadership tips you need to make HR better

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When you take beignets, Bourbon Street, and 10,000+ SHRM-certified professionals, you’re bound to get a lively HR conference.

But the 2017 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in New Orleans wasn’t just about having a good time. The trainings, sessions, and speakers were jam-packed with leadership tips and advice for HR pros.

Here are the 2 bold leadership tips that stood out to our team of conference attendees:

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Jun
16
2017

There's a new comp time proposal - here are 3 takes on it

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There’s a new comp time proposal, and it would allow private employers to offer time-off instead of cash.

In May, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 – which seeks to adjust the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – passed the House of Representatives.

The bill allows private sector employers to compensate employees who work overtime with paid time-off (PTO) instead of overtime pay. However, employers are prohibited from encouraging or otherwise pressuring employees to choose PTO over actual overtime pay.

Read these 3 takes on the new comp time proposal and how it could affect your business and team if it becomes law.

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May
16
2017

Should your business offer an HSA?

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There are a number of ways you can structure your health benefits to attract talented workers. Health Savings Accounts – or HSAs – are not only attractive to your employees but can benefit your business as well.

And this may be the best time for your business to offer an HSA: the AHCA – which would repeal and replace most of the Affordable Care Act – makes HSAs an attractive option for businesses and individuals by removing pervious barriers and increasing contribution levels.

Here are the top benefits of HSAs for employers and employees:

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May
09
2017

3 ways the ACA replacement bill affects employers

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Here’s a quick look at the latest ACA news.

On May 4th, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It does a few big things of interest to employers:

 

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May
02
2017

Why good bosses want their employees to use vacation time

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"Vacation shaming” is spreading across the country just in time for beach weather.

According to the 2017 Alamo Family Vacation Survey, nearly half of all American workers report feeling “vacation shamed” – being made to feel shame or guilt by co-workers for taking a vacation.

But good bosses and managers know – hopefully from experience but also from statistics and research on the subject – that “unplugging” every so often allows you to recharge and return to work with increased energy and motivation.

Here’s why empowering your employees to take time-off is a good thing (plus, a few pointers on how to build a company culture and implement tools that make it easier).

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Mar
29
2017

What the survival of ACA means for employers

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As of yet, the ACA has neither been repealed nor replaced.

This reality comes after much speculation that many of the ACA’s most unpopular provisions would be on the chopping block during the first weeks of the new administration.

For employers, it means one thing: continued compliance with the ACA’s tracking and reporting obligations for employers with 50 or more full-time employees or equivalents.

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Mar
16
2017

Why you should consider a Small Business Health Reimbursement Arrangement

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It’s a great time to be a small business.

If you’re an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees or equivalents, there’s a new law that passed just a few months ago that allows you to fund employee Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) in lieu of offering a group health plan.

The 21st Century Cures Act – which passed with bipartisan support in December 2016 – creates a new type of HRA called the Small Business HRA. For qualified employers, Small Business HRAs can provide tax benefits for both employer and employee as well as offer greater flexibility and choice for workers.

Is a Small Business HRA right for your business?

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Mar
09
2017

CheckWriters Team Attends NAIS Conference in Baltimore

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On March 1, thousands of independent school leaders, staff, and educators gathered in Baltimore for the annual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Conference.

Representatives from CheckWriters’ Sales, Marketing, and Human Resources teams were thrilled to exhibit at the event.

It was a great opportunity to interact with attendees and learn more about the top issues school leaders care about and the technology solutions that can make their jobs easier (particularly in the business office!).

Here are two of our top takeaways from the workshops we attended:

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Feb
27
2017

How an HR Director realized her dream of a paperless payroll and HR department

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It’s easy to list the benefits of Paperless Payroll and HR.

But it's hard to see how they can directly impact your job.

After all, saying goodbye to check stubs and having all your employees access their pay data from their smartphone sounds amazing.

But what about the dozen employees who insist on a printed check, don’t have access to a computer, or are otherwise change-resistant?

Let’s tell a story:

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Feb
16
2017

What to know about the new I-9 Form

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Employers need to double-check that new hires are filling out the latest version of the Form I-9.

The revised I-9 had to be in use beginning January 21, 2017.

While there are no changes affecting the regulations or deadline, there are some structural changes to the form that employers should be aware of.

 

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Jan
30
2017

Compliance alert: tipped employee overtime change

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Do you have employees who serve food and drinks, open doors, carry luggage, clean hotel rooms, or provide other services?

If so, they’re likely presented with tips from all your happy customers.

And as the employer of workers who receive tips as a significant portion of their income, you’re allowed to pay tipped employees a lower direct wage – as long as the employee’s tips combined with their direct wage equals at least the minimum wage in your state.

But what happens when your tipped employees work overtime?

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Jan
24
2017

CheckWriters releases new mobile app for your employees

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What makes for a great smartphone app?

We think it’s a quick and easy login.

That’s why CheckWriters' new employee app – HRCheck Employee – saves your login information so you and your employees get convenient access to pay data and info on the go.

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Dec
21
2016

Don't miss these minimum wage increases

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While the federal minimum wage rate will not change in 2017, there are a number of local minimum wage increases set to take effect for the new year. Some states, like Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maine, Arizona, Colorado, and Washington state will see significant increases to the minimum wage.

It’s important for you to monitor minimum wage increases in your state. It’s equally important for some employers – like those in the restaurant industry – to monitor the minimum wage increases for tipped employees.

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Dec
05
2016

What employers should expect on health care reform following the election

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Is the Affordable Care Act dead?

That’s the question many business leaders have been asking themselves over the past few weeks.

After all, President-elect Donald Trump vowed throughout the campaign to “repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare.”

Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at the top items surrounding health care reform you should be aware of as the new administration takes shape.

Remember – nothing has changed yet! ACA deadlines still apply, and the Affordable Care Act is still very much the law of the land.

But here’s the speculation:

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Nov
30
2016

CheckWriters Development Team presents new design for HRCheck Company module

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As promised, our Development Team will be rolling out the latest batch of revamped HRCheck screens on Monday, December 5.

Get ready for the clean and simplified design to appear across your HRCheck Company module.

As we mentioned when we released our new HRCheck Menu in October, the new design incorporates larger text, a streamlined look and feel, and the ability to utilize the entire window’s real estate.

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Oct
31
2016

You might have to comply with ACA this year

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Even if you didn't have to comply with the ACA last year, there's one question you need to ask yourself every year.

Am I an Applicable Large Employer (ALE)?

Of course, the answer to this question depends on the size of your workforce in the previous year - which, for most businesses, varies! That's why you need to look at your workforce every year in order to determine whether you're an ALE. Because if the answer is yes, you'll need to comply with the law to avoid costly penalties and fines.

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Oct
25
2016

Did your employees receive third-party sick pay this year? 3 steps to take now

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As a business owner or Payroll/HR professional, there's a lot to review at this time of year in order to make sure you close out your 2016 payroll and tax data without errors or corrections.

And a review of any Third-Party Sick Pay (abbreviated 3PSP) is probably on your list.

Year-end deadlines are rapidly approaching - December 30 is the last day to post 2016 payroll data to meet filing deadlines. If any of your employees were issued sick pay by a third party (usually an insurance company) in 2016, take a look at these three steps to help you avoid last-minute payroll and tax adjustments:

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Oct
20
2016

CheckWriters Development Team unveils new HRCheck menu

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Soon, CheckWriters will unveil a new menu for HRCheck, our all-in-one payroll and HR software.

Everything you love about HRCheck is still easily accessible from one, central location. And now, a clean and simplified menu with larger text allows for easier navigation and a streamlined look and feel.

“One nice aspect of this new design is that the menu can be collapsed to allow more space for page content. This is especially useful when using our Free-Form Scheduling calendar and Timesheet Management pages that utilize the entire window’s real estate,” said Justin Friend, the lead designer on the project. This latest release from our Development Team comes following user input as well as consultation with HR professionals.

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Oct
11
2016

Complete this checklist now so your business meets the new SSA deadline

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Each year, employers have two responsibilties when it comes to the Form W2: 1. provide each of your employees with their copy, and 2. provide a copy to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

But there's one big difference this year: The deadline for filing W2s with the SSA has been moved up - the deadline is now January 31, 2017. Previously, the deadline was March 31.

This means that you have less time to complete your review of wage, tax, and other applicable employee data and get relevant information to your payroll service provider.

We've instituted a hard deadline of Friday, December 30 for our clients to send that relevant information to us.

"We want our clients' tax information to be right the first time. That's why we created this checklist to help you ensure all relevant information gets to us here at CheckWriters by Friday, December 30," says Jill Grasso, Tax Manager at CheckWriters Payroll.

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