Did you already update these handbook policies?

February 2020

Recently, there were some big HR updates that should be reflected in your employee handbook. If you haven’t already, learn more about these policies you should update (now!) in our February newsletter full of the latest business tips and news. Also in this issue: Employee Appreciation Ideas for Motivated Teams, Presidents’ Day Payroll Deadlines, Why You Should Improve Onboarding, Cybersecurity Awareness Guide, and more!

Payroll Updates for 2020

January 2020

New year, new you! This month, we’re recapping all the amazing things we accomplished together in 2019 and equipping you with the updates and changes you need to know for 2020. Learn more in our January newsletter full of the latest business tips and news. Also in this issue: The 2020 W-4 Quick Guide, MLK Day Payroll Deadlines, How To Classify Independent Contractors Under AB 5, 2020 New Years’ HR Updates, and more!

Everything You Need for a Successful Year-End

December 2019

Year-end is just around the corner–are you ready?! Download our free checklist to make sure you stay on top of all your HR, payroll, and benefits to-dos. Learn more in our December newsletter full of the latest business tips and news. Also in this issue: 7 HR Takeaways from 2019, 5 Ways To Look Out For Your Employees, 2019 Holiday Schedule, Minimum Wage Increases, 2020 Calendar, and more!

How to Avoid These Top 6 Payroll Errors

November 2019

It’s no secret that keeping a small business afloat can be challenging. But don’t get spooked! Learn how to face your payroll fears in our November newsletter full of the latest business tips and news. Also in this issue: 7 Tips for Organizing an Office Donation Drive, How To Data Mine Your HR & Timekeeping Records, Thanksgiving Payroll Schedule, Year-End Updates, and more!

FLSA Change Reminder: Update Your Policies & Procedures

October 2019

In light of the proposed updates to the FLSA salary level, many formerly exempt employees may be reclassified as non-exempt and now eligible for overtime. Learn more in our October newsletter full of the latest business tips and news. In this issue: Conflict Resolution Strategies, Employee Engagement Insights, Columbus Day Payroll Schedule, Tax Agency Account Maintenance, and more!

Updated CA Harassment Prevention Requirements

September 2019

California recently passed an emergency bill to update the state’s Harassment Prevention Training Requirements. Read on for everything you need to know to comply in our September newsletter full of the latest business tips and news. In this issue: SDP’s Top 14 Payroll Tips, 13 FMLA Leave Mistakes to Avoid in 2019, OSHA Reporting & Recordkeeping Part 3, Phishing Schemes, and more!

What’s Your Labor Audit Liability

August 2019

With over 20 laws affecting employers, we’ve put together a process to keep your business protected and compliant. Make sure you’re on track with our August newsletter full of the latest business tips and news. In this issue: Accruals 101, 7 Reasons to Consider a Mobile Time Tracking App, ACA Reminders, OregonSaves, OSHA Reporting & Recordkeeping Part 2, and more!

Your Ultimate Business Mid-Year Checklist

July 2019

We’re halfway through the year, which means it’s time for a mid-year check-in with our super-simple checklist! Get ready to rock the second half of 2019 with our July newsletter full of the latest business tips and news. In this issue: OSHA Reporting & Recordkeeping Requirements, 10 Steps to Effective Resume Review, 3 Ways HR Boosts Profits, CalSavers, Minimum Wage Increases, and more!

Happy National Safety Month!

June 2019

Did you know June is National Safety Month?! Get in the spirit with our June newsletter for all the latest business tips and news. In this issue: SDP’s Summer Intern Refresher, Everything You Need to Know About CalSavers, How To Build Your Employer Brand, Tips to Encourage Safety in Your Own Workplace, and more!

New Reporting Requirements, Social Security Resources…

May 2019

As we get closer to summer (and seasonal hiring!) we’re looking at how to streamline hiring and onboarding processes. In this issue: The Ultimate Guide to Employee Onboarding, How to Maximize the ROI of Team Building Activities, Hiring for Company Culture, EEO-1 Reporting Requirements, SSA Resources, and more!

SSN No-Match Letters, Harassment Prevention, and More!

April 2019

Our April newsletter is all about compliance… And going green for Earth Day! In this issue: 9 Ways to Keep Your Office Green, How to Speed Up Payroll, Office Spring Cleaning, Harassment Prevention Training Requirements, SSN No-Match Letters, and more!

You’re doing WHAT with your employee files?!

March 2019

Learn how to keep your business compliant with this simple yet effective employee file organization system. Also in this issue: SDP’s OSHA Overview, 8 Ways to Express Employee Appreciation, Pay Equity Trends for 2019, DOL’s New Minimum Salary Proposal, and more!

Office Romances vs. #MeToo

February 2019

In light of increased #MeToo legislation, businesses across the country are taking a fresh look at their company dating policies. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, read on for our top tips to take a proactive stance against these matters of the heart. Also in this issue: Employer Mandate Reporting Requirements, Holiday Payroll Schedule, Top 5 Handbook Policies to Revisit, OSHA 300 Log Reporting, Upcoming ACA Deadlines, and more!

Employment Laws to Know When You Grow

January 2019

Has holiday hiring left your office a little fuller than it used to be? Most employment laws apply to organizations based on the number of people they employ, so it’s vital to keep up-to-speed on any laws that newly apply or will soon apply to your growing business. Also in this issue: New Year’s Resolutions, Holiday Payroll Schedule, 2019 Legal Updates, How to Run Perfect Payroll, Year-End Updates, and more!

Your Holiday Season Tool-Kit

December 2018

If you’re hiring seasonal employees for year-end, how are you responding to these 3 challenges? From team dynamics to training, motivating, and making permanent hiring decisions, read on for these strategies to set your business up for success. Also in this issue: Holiday Payroll Schedule, How to Throw the Best HR-Approved Holiday Party Ever, Building a More Engaged Workforce, Holiday Pay Policies, upcoming deadlines and more!

How to Manage Your Managers

November 2018

Managers need managing too! Did you know that 70% of managers are uncomfortable communicating with their employees? Read on for 7 ways you can provide support to your leadership team. Also in this issue: SDP’s 2018 Year-End Checklist, how scheduling can cause employee problems, Thanksgiving Payroll Schedule, 1099 Processing reminders, and more!

Retention: How to Keep Employees

October 2018

Did you know that 51% of employees are looking for a new job? Not only that, but according to the same Gallup poll, 68% of employees believe they are overqualified for the job they have. Even engaged employees are job hunting at an alarming rate—37%. Why? Employees changing jobs cite growth opportunities, pay and benefits, management, company culture, and job fit all as valid reasons for making a change. So what can you do to keep your employees?

How to Hire for Your Company Culture

September 2018

Ever hire the perfect candidate only to have them “just not work out”? Minimize your chance of making a bad hire (and save money in the process!) with these 3 strategies to hire for your company culture. Also in this issue: why you should switch to paperless onboarding, how to avoid the top two hiring and retention mistakes, your new employee checklist, best practices for giving constructive feedback, and California labor law updates.

4 Strategies to Decrease Overtime Costs

August 2018

Is overtime management (or lack thereof) shrinking your bottom line? It’s no secret that paying time and a half can dramatically increase your labor costs. And if your workforce is already stretched thin, your supervisors and HR team probably have enough on their plates without having to worry about overtime policing every shift.

5 Tips for Your Best Social Media Policy

July 2018

It’s probably safe to assume that most of your employees have some kind of social media presence. With an estimated 4.68 billion mobile phone users by 2019 and new digital scandals hitting our tiny screens every day, it’s important to establish ground rules with a social media policy for your workplace.

3 Ways To Reduce Labor Costs

June 2018

While labor expenses aren’t usually something employers can scrap altogether, we have yet to encounter a business that cannot find ways to reduce them. Lowering labor costs provides an immediate monetary benefit, so it’s easy to measure the ROI, and it’s not as difficult as you may think!

Updated W-4 & Withholding Calculator

May 2018

When was the last time you gave yourself a “Paycheck Checkup”? If you haven’t already, then now may be the perfect time because the IRS just released its updated Withholding Calculator and W-4 for 2018! Our quick guide will give you all the details you need to use this handy tool and update your W-4 today.

Federal Record-Keeping Requirements

April 2018

No matter how many employees you have on staff, your organization is required to follow all federal laws. Unfortunately, each state/locality can have its own specific laws governing payroll records; therefore, it is imperative to research what is required by each state where you have employees.

Key Highlights of the NEW 2018 Tax Law

March 2018

Congress just approved its first major tax overhaul since 1986. In light of the recent passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), you’re probably wondering what the new bill will mean for you and your business. We’ve put together some key highlights to give you an idea of what to expect.

Company Dating Policies In Light of the #MeToo Movement

February 2018

Dating policies have become pretty common among employers of all sizes, but with the advent of the #MeToo movement, legal experts are now recommending that employers give their policies another look to make sure they are logical, easy to follow, and presented in the best light to employees.

2018 Minimum Wage Rates (State, City, and County)

January 2018

Is your organization prepared for the new minimum wage limits for 2018? Under federal law, employers must pay non-exempt employees a minimum wage of at least $7.25 per hour. However, many jurisdictions have higher minimum wage rates. Read on for everything you need to know based on your place of business.

IRS Announces 401(k) & IRA Contribution Limit For 2018

December 2017

The IRS recently announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018. Read on to see how this could affect your business.

Mandatory Labor Law Poster Updates From Q3 2017

November 2017

Due to changes to the minimum wage, sick leave, scheduling, and other work-related factors, many states’ labor law posters have been updated. Make sure you stay compliant by checking our included list to ensure your organization’s labor law posters are in compliance with all federal, state and local laws.

7 Tips To Help Prevent Employee Time Clock Abuse

October 2017

Every company is aware of time clock abuse, but each company handles this issue differently. Furthermore, wasted company time can come from many areas, such as stretched-out lunch breaks, unjustified sick leaves and excessive socializing among co-workers.

New I-9 Form (Effective September 18, 2017)

September 2017

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new I-9 Form effective September 18, 2017.