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Are your workers properly classified? Take the IRS Common Law Rule 11 point test to find out.

Independent Contractor or Employee?

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Independent Contractor or Employee? Do you remember from episode 3 of the SmallBiz Brainiac podcast, the examples of employers who have been and are currently being sued for improper classification of their workers? Click here to listen to that episode. In this post we’ll learn about the IRS Common Law Rules and the 11 point test for determining if a…

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Demystify the Hiring Process

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The hiring procedure is complicated. It’s made up of several daunting processes. For me, hiring has always been one of the most difficult aspects of being an employer. There is so much to do. Everything from defining the position, to on-boarding. And, when I’ve been in a hurry, or desperate for help, I’ve been sloppy…

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10 Small Business Pitfalls to Avoid

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10 Small Business Pitfalls You Must Avoid Owning and running a small business is not easy. There is a lot of competition out there, and while you struggle, they seem to have it all figured out. Everyone wants your time and attention including vendors, regulators, suppliers, employees, customers and your family. You are constantly being sold…

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25: “What’s Good for People?” a report by Kate Lister

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What can you do to enhance employee well-being? Wellness is only one component of your employees well-being. Workplace strategies that address employees’ physical, emotional, and social well-being can increase employee engagement. Kate Lister’s report: “What’s Good for People?”, written by Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics, broadens the discussion beyond employee engagement to encompass…

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24: How Medical Marijuana Impacts Employers

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Legalization of medical marijuana is sweeping the nation. Twenty-three states plus DC and Guam, now have some form of medical marijuana legislation. States with medical marijuana laws: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon,…

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23: Employee Engagement Ideas

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Fire up your employees. Get them engaged and watch productivity rise. Created the environment where employee engagement practices can exist. Employe engagement is about creating an environment of inclusion and participation. It’s about your employee’s sense of belonging and value. Successful employee engagement improves retention and attracts top talent. It increases productivity and improves the quality of…

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22: Employee Engagement

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Are your employees fully engaged with your company? What is employee engagement? It’s about creating an environment of inclusion and participation. It’s about your employee’s sense of belonging and value. Successful employee engagement improves retention and attracts top talent. It increases productivity and improves quality. It makes your company stronger, more nimble and resilient. Imperfect…

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21: Are You A Large Employer Under the Affordable Care Act?

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Learn the steps to calculating ALE status under the ACA. The ACA requires applicable large employers (or ALEs) to offer health insurance that has certain “minimum essential benefits” (also referred to as minimum essential coverage) to at least 95% of their full-time employees. The insurance must provide “minimum value” and the premium must be “affordable”.…

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