Category Archives: Human Resources

Updating Your Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook Updates

Too many organizations allow their employee handbooks to become static over time. It is imperative that your employee handbook serve as a dynamic text, reflecting changes in your company’s policies. Let us look at some of the things that are easily overlooked and often left out of employee handbooks. Alterations to Minimum Wage and Paid Sick […]

Overtime Regulations Delayed

New Overtime Rules

In a decision made by the U.S. District Court of Texas, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulations that were to take effect next week have been delayed.  This preliminary injunction does not block the new regulations permanently, but it will maintain the status quo until the court can decide on the validity of […]

Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Rule

The changes to the overtime rule may seem fairly simple but are substantial, and depending on each individual company, the impacts can vary greatly. The key change that will be affecting employers on December 1st is the salary compensation levels for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt from overtime pay. The previous salary […]

It’s Here! New Overtime Rules Announced

New Overtime Rules

On May 18th, the long anticipated updates to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rule were announced. The final rule primarily focuses on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt from overtime pay. The key provision that impacts employers is that the rule will entitle most […]

3 Common HR Mistakes Small Businesses Make

Small business owners are responsible for many tasks, which often leads them to wearing different hats multiple times in a day-sometimes even in an hour. It isn’t uncommon to find a business owner who is handling everything from sales to human resources. It’s inevitable that some things have to sit on the backburner, and many […]

How Does the PACE Act Affect Pennsylvania?

President Obama made the 14th change to the Affordable Care Act this week, having already made 13 changes as of July 2015, according to an analysis done by the Congressional Research Service. On October 7, 2015, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act was signed. The PACE Act amends the definition in the Affordable […]

The Pennsylvania New Hire Reporting Program

The Pennsylvania New Hire Reporting Program mandates that all employers report basic information about newly hired and re-hired employees who reside in or work in Pennsylvania. This information includes the employee’s full legal name, address, social security number, date of hire, and optional date of birth. The information provided by employers is matched against files […]

2015 Payroll Rates and Limitations

It is that time of year for employers and their employees to prepare for the upcoming tax year. There are some changes in rates and limitations that will go into effect beginning in January 2015. The maximum amount of earnings for Social Security tax has increased, as did the Pennsylvania Unemployment wage limit. Contribution limits […]

Compensation: Reasonable vs. Unreasonable

Challenges to “reasonable” compensation are among the most common and most complex issues raised in IRS audits of closely-held businesses and tax-exempt organizations. As a business owner, HR professional, or other key management personnel, it is critical to understand how to evaluate whether compensation is reasonable vs. unreasonable. Ordinary and necessary expenses, including reasonable salaries […]