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CARES Act Payroll Tax Deferral: What You Need to Know

by Tim AustinMay 5, 2020 4:41 PM

In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Among many different types of loans and incentives, the CARES Act introduced tax relief for businesses in the form of payroll tax credits, enhanced net operating loss (NOL) deductions, and payroll tax deferment. However, the payroll tax deferral section of the CARES Act raised several questions for small and medium-sized businesses, especially those that received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

To help answer these questions, the IRS released guidance on April 10, 2020, regarding payroll tax deferrals. Here’s what business owners need to know when it comes to paying taxes on social security this year.

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Common Furlough Questions Answered for Small Business Owners

by Tim AustinApril 21, 2020 3:00 PM

Whether your business is facing a difficult financial situation or hit a slow season, it may seem like layoffs are your only option. However, there is another way that you can reduce payroll costs without completely cutting jobs: furloughs. 

Furloughs are a cost-saving measure that can provide employers with financial flexibility without completely severing ties with employees. Of course, you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions to figure out if furloughs make sense for your business. 

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New Jersey’s Salary History Ban: How It Impacts Employers

by Makenzie RizzoApril 14, 2020 8:00 AM

Over the past few years, a growing number of states and cities have banned the practice of using salary history to screen potential new employees. If you’re an employer in New Jersey, you’re now included in that trend. 

Starting in 2020, it’s not a good idea for New Jersey employers to ask job applicants how much they made. The Garden State is now one of 17 states and multiple cities to outlaw pay history questions. While similar in many aspects, New Jersey’s version of the law does have some key differences that can help employers avoid potential penalties.

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9 Employee Engagement Ideas for Small Businesses

by Tim AustinApril 7, 2020 4:01 PM

As a business owner, you want your employees to come into work with enthusiasm and motivation to take on the day. After all, employee engagement can be very beneficial to a business in a number of ways. Yet, it’s not often that companies prioritize it. According to Gallup’s State of the American Workforce Report, only one in three employees are engaged at work. Below, we shared some ideas to improve employee engagement within your small business as well as a few key benefits.

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Coronavirus Relief: Who is Eligible for Small Business Loans from the CARES Act?

by Tim AustinApril 3, 2020 12:00 PM

As the Coronavirus impacts businesses everywhere, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide some financial support during difficult times. The $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus package contains a $349 billion lending program for small businesses, along with other means of relief.

For small business owners, this news provides a form of respite in a difficult time. Of course, now these employers may ask how these loans work and whether they can access them. Read on to find out if your business can apply for a loan and how they impact your operations.

Money from a CARES Act small business loan granted to a business impacted by the Coronavirus. 

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Workplace Safety Stories: Quick, Decisive Action After a Tragic Fall

by Paul AldrichMarch 23, 2020 8:00 AM

A workplace accident can be a life-changing event, both for the person injured and an employer. A serious injury can change someone’s life, which in turn can place your business under the spotlight for both the injured employee’s family and OSHA.

While you can’t heal someone’s injury after the fact, there are ways that you can definitively respond to workplace injuries to help avoid future accidents and avoid OSHA intervention. Here’s an example of how GMS helped one company avoid OSHA scrutiny and put practices in place to prevent additional workplace injuries.

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GMS Maintains Service Levels Throughout COVID-19 Pandemic

by Stacey LarotondaMarch 19, 2020 12:03 PM

Addressing common questions and concerns from clients and employees impacted by the coronavirus.

Group Management Services Inc., a Certified Professional Employer Organization based in Richfield, Ohio, assures clients access to the same level of support and resources throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.  

"Our number one priority is getting employees paid and maintaining benefits for those employees," GMS President Mike Kahoe said. "As such, we are offering our customers grace period on all benefits, state unemployment, and workers' comp billings."

GMS wants to address all concerns, starting with the list of common questions we anticipate from our clients and employees.

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How to Handle the Health Insurance Renewal Process as an Employer

by Tim AustinMarch 16, 2020 9:00 AM

Health Insurance renewals may be one of the most important decisions an employer makes each year. For most small businesses, group health insurance is one of the largest expenses they incur, meaning the process can be quite stressful. To help, we put together some guidance on the renewal period and what you can do to streamline the process for your business.

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DOL Issues Final Rule on Overtime Pay: How to Determine Eligible Employees and Calculate the Regular Rate

by Tim AustinMarch 9, 2020 8:00 AM

After years of proposed changes to overtime laws, the Department of Labor (DOL)’s new updates finally went into effect at the beginning of 2020. The new salary levels make roughly 1.3 million more workers eligible for overtime pay. This news means business owners across the country may have some work to do to keep up with these changes.

While the new standard salary level is a notable difference, it’s not the only change the DOL made. The department also revised rules for highly-compensated employees, regulations on overtime pay calculations, and other crucial details. To help, we broke down exactly what the DOL changed to help you know where your business stands and what you should do next.

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Performance Improvement Plans: What They Are and What They Should Include

by Tim AustinMarch 5, 2020 8:00 AM

An underperforming employee in your organization is an unfortunate reality that every business owner may have to face at one point or another. When an employee is failing to meet expectations, not only do those directly associated with that employee suffer, but the entire company will eventually feel the ripple effect of these behaviors. These repercussions are typically felt more greatly and much more quickly within a smaller business, where every employee tends to play a larger role in the success and failure of your operation.

Eventually, though, you’ll reach a point where it’s clear that the situation has to change. While terminating the employee may seem like the logical course of action when you reach this point, performance improvement plans may offer a better approach to employee performance management.

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