What are State-Mandated Retirement Plans + Which States Have Them?

September 27, 2022

Did you know the average working household has virtually no retirement savings? Additionally, only four in 10 businesses with fewer than 100 employees offer retirement benefits. The mounting issue has led to many states instituting state-mandated retirement plans. While a retirement plan is essential to every employer’s benefits package, it is not always easy and… Read More »

What Is the CROWN Act? Everything Employers Need to Know

September 13, 2022

Over the last few years, you’ve likely heard of the CROWN Act. The appropriate acronym, CROWN, stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.” The law addresses hair grooming policies in workplaces and schools to prevent hair discrimination. Black people have faced discrimination against natural hairstyles and textures for generations. In fact,… Read More »

Why an Anti-Harassment Policy is Essential for Every Employer

August 2, 2022

There’s a lot of talk about workplace harassment right now, from bullying to sexual harassment. And rightfully so: It’s a serious problem that can have lasting effects on victims and their careers.  But what does an anti-harassment policy do for employers? A good one will not only help prevent harassment but also keep the company… Read More »

Salary History Bans & Background Check Laws by State

March 1, 2022
Salary History Bans and Background Check Laws by State

Employers already have to be on the ball when it comes to hiring. But as laws become more protective of employees and candidates, recruiters and hiring managers must also beware of what information they may and may not ask for. Two hot topics are salary history bans and background checks. Many states are now banning… Read More »

When Do Employers Have to Pay Employees for Travel Time?

February 22, 2022
When Do Employers Have to Pay Employees for Travel Time?

If your organization requires employees to travel for work, you must understand how and when to compensate them for their travel time. This is not so much an issue for exempt employees, who receive the same amount each pay period no matter what. However, federal and state rules require employers to pay for non-exempt employee… Read More »

5 Critical Questions on Mask & Vaccine Mandates for Independent Contractors

February 15, 2022
5 Critical Questions on Mask & Vaccine Mandates for Independent Contractors

While the nationwide vaccine mandate was blocked in January, businesses can still implement masking, vaccination, and testing requirements. But there are still many questions and little official guidance for employers – particularly around independent contractors.  If you decide to put these requirements in place, you need to be prepared for specific situations. These include medical… Read More »

What is an EEO Report & What Do Employers Need to Know?

February 8, 2022
What is an EEO Report & What Do Employers Need to Know?

Organizational growth is an exciting thing! It means new team members, fresh initiatives, and bigger goals and accomplishments. But once your company surpasses a certain number of employees, it also means new compliance responsibilities, like filing an EEO report. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) mandates EEO reports from employers with 100 or more employees… Read More »

How to Read a W-2 in 2022: An Easy Box-by-Box Breakdown

February 1, 2022
How to Read a W-2 in 2022

Tax time is rolling around, and you’ve received your W-2 from your employer. But what do you do with it? And how do you read a W-2 and ensure all of your information is accurate?  Your Form W-2 is an earnings statement your employer uses to report your income and any taxes or other withholdings… Read More »