On August 8, 2020, the President of the United States issued an executive order to provide a payroll tax holiday for American workers. This treasury guidance permits employers to defer the 6.2% tax employees pay toward Social Security from September 1 through December 31, 2020. Chances are, your employees have approached your HR and payroll departments with questions about what this guidance means for them personally. You may find yourself with a few questions of your own.
On August 12, 2020, the Small Business Association (SBA) opened the forgiveness portal for its Paycheck Protection Program loans, allowing PPP loan recipients to apply to have their debt forgiven. But many banks, along with other lenders who issued these loans, are telling their borrowers to hold off on their applications for now.
For decades, keeping track of time and attendance in the workplace was both a guessing game and a matter of trust. As companies grew more complex and added to their workforce, recording employees’ time in the office and their overtime became more complicated, cumbersome and unruly. Business owners and HR managers often estimated hours worked and frequently resorted to relying on employee honesty in order to account for hours logged on the job.
In the modern workplace, the expectations placed on Human Resource teams to handle all of the demands of people management can be stressful. Gone are the days of simply gathering and storing employee information. HR now encompasses a vast array of functions, and if your company is not using the right tools, or is using multiple systems, efficiency can suffer and errors can multiply.
Labor is often the single largest cost of any business, which is why accurate time tracking is crucial. But accuracy can be compromised when HR departments use manual workforce management procedures, which can lead to errors, resulting in higher costs, lower productivity, increased liabilities and ultimately reduced profits.
Thinking of finally using an outside payroll provider? Or do you have one already but are in the market for a new one? Either way, it’ll take some research to find a new service that matches the unique needs of your business. It’s a given that cost and security will be a major part of the decision-making process, but there are other considerations you should weigh before making the move. Here are six must-have features your new payroll provider should provide:
Managing and processing payroll isn’t just a complex and time-consuming task, it’s a downright challenge. According to a study, 40% of small business owners rank bookkeeping and tax preparation as their least favorite parts of their job. It’s easy to see why more companies are outsourcing payroll to professional Human Capital Management (HCM) agencies, which use the latest software systems. If you’re still handling payroll in-house, here are five key benefits your HR departments and businesses will enjoy by switching to an outside provider:
As if the holidays and party plans don’t make the end of the year stressful enough, business owners and HR departments have the added pressure of preparing for payroll year-end. Ensuring payroll and tax obligations are met can be overwhelming, but here’s a quick checklist you can use as a reference to help keep you informed and organized during this potentially chaotic time.
Accurately tracking time and attendance is very important for all organizations, no matter the size of the business. It’s also very complicated. The growth of the gig economy has many companies using freelancers along with full-time employees. And often, in-staff employees work outside of the office…and outside of normal work hours. All of this has made keeping tabs of employee work time more difficult than ever.
Are you currently struggling with a payroll system that’s siloed from your HR database? If so, you’re not alone. Many organizations find themselves using different kinds of software (or even vendors) that do not play nice together. The result is more time spent scheduling, tracking and reporting time manually, resulting in higher labor costs and a higher probability of error.