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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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20: Affordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare

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As a small employer (definition applies) you do not have to comply with the ACA. However, you can still take advantage of the ACA to help your employees buy coverage.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the PPACA, the ACA, Obamacare – however you recognize it, whatever you call it. It has been 6…

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19: Hours Worked

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Are you calculating your nonexempt employees work hours correctly? You are required to pay your nonexempt employees for all time worked. Seams easy enough, but there a nuances you need to know to be compliant. If your employee is required to be working, be available to work or is being permitted to work – at either your premises…

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18: Overtime Pay Calculation

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FLSA requires the payment of overtime to nonexempt employees. The FLSA requires you to pay overtime wages at the rate of one and one half times the regular rate of pay to nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours in a week. In order to calculate the overtime due you have to know these…

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17: Exempt or Nonexempt From Overtime Pay?

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Do you know which positions qualify as exempt from overtime? The Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, is the body of law that establishes The minimum wage Overtime pay Recordkeeping Child labor standards Exempt and nonexempt refers to which employees you are required to pay overtime wages to. You have to pay overtime to a…

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16: Ten Small Business Pitfalls – Part 2

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Delegation is vital to the success of your business. In episode 15 we talked about the first 5 pitfalls and today we’ll finish them off. 6. Not buying the right business insurance: Get an agent who specializes in your industry. Get an agent who is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (“CPCU”). Only about 4% of…

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