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Boost Employee Productivity with PAID TIME OFF

Tue, Jul 5th 2016
A good employee is a valuable company asset, and no doubt you want your employees to be as productive as possible – which is why a suggestion to boost productivity with time off might sound counterintuitive. Paid time off (PTO) can be a critical component of your employee benefits package. Besides the obvious perk to workers, as a business owner, you stand to gain from offering paid time off as well. One reason is that PTO is tax deductible, just like regular wages. Other reasons include health... Read More »

Wage Garnishments — Risks and Responsibilities

Tue, Jun 28th 2016
With just over 7% of all workers having had their wages garnished,* odds are your business will be asked to garnish the wages of an employee at some point. The primary reasons for garnishment are unpaid child support, tax liens, and student loans/consumer debt. What are your obligations when it comes to wage garnishment? Are there risks to noncompliance? Overview Generally, when wages are garnished, an employer withholds money from an employee’s paycheck and sends these funds to a creditor for... Read More »

Are You Being Scammed? Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts

Mon, Jun 13th 2016
Tax Refund Scam Artists Posing as Taxpayer Advocacy Panel A new email scam targeting taxpayers has emerged. According to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), taxpayers are receiving emails that appear to be from TAP about a tax refund. These emails are a phishing scam, where unsolicited emails which seem to come from legitimate organizations — but are really from scammers — try to trick unsuspecting victims into providing personal and financial information. Do not respond or click the links in... Read More »

Does Your Company Have a Document Retention Policy?

Fri, Jun 10th 2016
Every company generates business documents. Cataloging and storing paper files, electronic documents, correspondence, and data used in business applications and databases takes time, effort, and money. However, not all business records are of equal value — some can be safely discarded in time while others must be retained. Federal, state, and local laws and regulations — tax, employee benefit, occupational safety, wage and hour, etc. — require businesses to hold on to various documents for... Read More »

Human Vulnerabilities. A hacker's best friend

Mon, Jun 6th 2016
Social engineering is now the preferred attack technique of sophisticated cybercriminals seeking to break through a company’s data security system. A 2015 report by tech trade association CompTIA found the human element was the source of more than half of security breaches. This means no matter how strong a company’s technical safeguards, people are its weakest link when it comes to protecting sensitive information. Recent data breach highlights simplicity of social engineering tactics As if... Read More »