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Setting a 401(K) Plan for Your Staff - Business Owner’s Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2019 11:50:31 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Motivating Employees, Management

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How To Set Up A 401(K) Plan - A Beginner's Guide

If you're planning on hiring employees, you may want to set up a retirement plan as a part of their benefits package. Generally speaking, small businesses will go with a 401(k) plan, which allows employees to put a portion of their pre-tax income into a retirement account and which allows businesses to contribute to that account (businesses have different ways that they can contribute, including matching employee contributions up to a certain amount). However, setting up a 401(k) plan can be a bit of a challenge if you've never done it before. The following is a beginner's guide on how to set up a 401(k) plan for your business.

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Mandatory Overtime in California - What Is Legal?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2019 7:04:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Managing Employees, Management

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Is Mandatory Overtime In California Legal?

There are strict overtime laws both on federal and state levels that were implemented for a number of reasons. First of all, overtime laws help reward employees for working more than their standard eight-hour days or 40-hour weeks. Secondly, they help prevent workers from being taken advantage of by their employers. Lastly, they help discourage employers from getting their employees to work too much overtime, encouraging them to hire more workers instead and reduce burnout of their staff. In addition to understanding the costs of overtime, you will also want to know whether mandatory overtime is legal in California as a business owner. The answer--for the most part--is yes. Although both federal and California state laws allow employers to require overtime from their employees, there is a human element you should consider as well.

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How to Set Up a 401k for a Small Business

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2019 7:03:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Motivating Employees, Management

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How to Set Up a 401k for a Small Business

While there are many types of retirement plans available, the 401(k) is one of the most popular among small businesses. The way it works is that your employees will be able to deduct a certain amount of money from their paycheck (based on limits that are imposed by the plan's provisions and IRS rules) to be deposited into the plan. As the employer, you will also contribute to their plan based on how much they are depositing and what kind of plan you've chosen.

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Exempt vs Non-Exempt Employees - What Are the Main Differences?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2019 4:11:00 PM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Laws & Regulations, Managing Employees, Payroll, Management

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The Difference Between  Exempt Vs Non-Exempt Employees

Back in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed to help protect workers from being taken advantage of. It was the FLSA that established the right to minimum wage and overtime pay. It also established the standard 40-hour workweek and put restrictions on employing minors. As a business owner, make sure that you remain in compliance with all the rules and regulations of the FLSA as well as California state labor laws. This can sometimes makes it challenging to classify your employees. Every company has to classify its employees as either exempt or nonexempt employees, and the accuracy of this classification will affect your ability to comply with other labor laws. In fact, misclassifying an employee can result in potentially costly penalties. Here we offer a brief overview of the differences between exempt and nonexempt employees to help clarify for employers how to classify their employees.

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How to Find Employees - Top 6 Employee Recruitment Methods

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2019 8:07:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Hiring the Best People, Management

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Top 6 Employee Recruitment Methods on How to Find Employees

You would think that finding employees for your business wouldn't be that challenging--there are plenty of people out there in need of a job, after all. However, it's a matter of finding the right employees; employees who have the skill sets, experience, and drive that you need for your team. The following are six effective tips to find employees that suit the specific needs of your company.

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Demystifying California Overtime Laws: What Are the Rules?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2019 7:03:00 AM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Maximizing Your Job, Managing Employees, Payroll, Management

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California Overtime Law Defined

Labor laws define overtime as work done in excess of the standard eight hour day or the standard 40 hour week. Employees are entitled to earn additional compensation on top of their hourly wage for the hours that they've worked past the standard work day or work week. However, every state has different overtime laws that include exemptions, exceptions, and penalties. Both employers and employees need to be familiar with the overtime laws in California so that they know what to expect in terms of payments--and so employers avoid making costly mistakes. This article presents a detailed guide into the overtime laws in the state of California.

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11 Considerations and 401(k) Termination Rules to be Aware Of

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2019 4:09:01 PM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Laws & Regulations, Managing Employees, Payroll, Management

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11 Considerations and 401(k) Termination Rules to be Aware Of

If your business currently participates in a 401(k) plan for your employees, then you'll want to know what the rules and regulations are in the event that you ever decide to terminate the plan. There are a number of reasons why you might be considering the termination of your company's 401(k) plan: maybe you're closing down the business or merging with another company. Whatever the reason may be, the following are 11 things to consider if you plan to terminate your company's 401(k) plan.

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Pros and Cons of Staffing Agencies: An Honest Reflection

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 29, 2018 7:54:00 PM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Hiring the Best People, Management

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The Pros and Cons of Staffing Agencies You Need to Know

Before trying anything new, it is always best to understand both the pros and cons. This is also true of staffing agencies. Here are the most important positive and possibly negative points about staffing agencies.

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How Does a Staffing Agency Work? How We Unite Employers & Job Seekers

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2018 7:53:00 PM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Hiring the Best People, Management

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A Step-by-Step Guide on How Staffing Agencies Work

Knowing how a staffing agency works will make it easier to decide on whether or not to use a staffing agency when you next have employment needs.

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Come to Think of It, What Exactly is a Staffing Agency?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 27, 2018 7:52:00 PM / by Michelle Nystrom posted in Hiring the Best People, Management

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What is a Staffing Agency?


You may be wondering what a staffing agency does and how it differs from a headhunter. This article will help you learn the differences between the two, making the choice of whether or not to work with a staffing agency an easier one.

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