4 Steps for Conducting an Internal I-9 Audit

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) forbids U.S. employers from knowingly employing people who are not authorized to work in the United States. The IRCA also prohibits employers from employing individuals without using Form I-9,...

Employee Loans and Their Tax Consequences

A salary, or wage, advance is a type of short-term loan from an employer to an employee. The employee receiving the advance must pay back the money within a specified time frame, as dictated by the company's salary advance policy. Under federal law,...

Talking Politics at Work

HR Question: We usually don’t mind employees chit-chatting while they work, but some recent politics-related conversations have gotten rather loud and heated. Can we tell employees not to discuss politics at work? Chiropractic Office Manchester, NH Answer...

Overtime Pay: Up to Speed on the Details

Your business must comply with the minimums for calculating and paying overtime as required by federal and state laws. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor regulates overtime pay using the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires that...

How to Handle Employee Punctuality

You not only expect employee punctuality, but also that they understand that being reliable is important. Staff coming in late can have significant time and cost consequences; chronic lateness can negatively affect productivity and profitability....

Choosing the Right Legal Business Structure

Choosing the appropriate legal business structure is one of the first issues most entrepreneurs face. It is an important decision at the formation stage and also as a business grows. Sole proprietorships usually are the easiest. Corporations offer some...

Take the Confusion Out of S-corp Salary Rules

You're in business to make money to feed your family, send the kids to college or drive the sports car of your dreams. But when you're a shareholder in an S corporation, how and how much you get paid can be controversial and a red flag for the IRS. What is...

A Tax Essential: the Percentage-Withholding Method

Employers are required to withhold federal income tax from all employees' wages unless the employee is exempt from the tax. The withholding amount is based on the employee's taxable wages, marital status and number of allowances stated on his or her W-4...

Making a Decision About Health Savings Accounts

We all need health insurance and we all would like to save money and reduce taxes.  Health Savings Accounts can help with all of those objectives. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are tax advantaged personal savings accounts to be used for medical expenses...

When Do You Have to Pay for Employee Breaks?

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter earlier this year in response to the following issue: Should nonexempt employees who require 15-minute employee breaks every hour, because of an illness that qualifies as a serious health condition...