U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Fate of “ObamaCare” PayReel

U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Fate of “ObamaCare”

Once you get past all the legal jargon, it’s a really simple question:  Does the Constitution of the United States give Congress the power to compel every citizen to either purchase health insurance or pay a penalty? Our Supreme Court justices listened to arguments for three days in late March and are expected to hand down…

Turning Up the Heat on Worker Misclassification PayReel

Turning Up the Heat on Worker Misclassification

If you’ve come anywhere near an HR newsletter in the last six months, you know there’s a big crackdown in progress targeting misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The heat has risen to the point where one piece of pending legislation would make misclassification a federal offense regardless of whether the infraction was intentional or…

Up the Down (Unemployment) Staircase PayReel

Up the Down (Unemployment) Staircase

The U.S. economy’s jobless recovery has improved over the past few months to a mostly jobless recovery.  While most pundits are cautiously optimistic about the employment outlook, employers in many states are still facing increases in unemployment insurance taxes.  Yes, you read that right.  Unemployment is down and unemployment insurance taxes are going up. Like…

Sneaking a peek at 2012 150 150 PayReel

Sneaking a peek at 2012

Now that most of us are well onto our new year’s diets and beginning to rationalize away the more strenuous of our resolutions, let’s take a look at some topics that promise to be interesting reading in 2012 … Unemployment is down, but state and federal unemployment insurance tax rates are still heading up.  What’s…

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Dad, is this you they’re talking about? 299 100 PayReel

Dad, is this you they’re talking about?

Very early in my career I got a good piece of advice:  “Never do a business deal you wouldn’t want your kids to read about in the morning paper.”  Alas, if only the Madoffs, Murdocks, and Nacchios of the business world had been privy to such sage wisdom. Still, how many of us risk getting our…

The Healthcare Reform Head Fake PayReel

The Healthcare Reform Head Fake

At the risk of understatement, The Federal Affordable Care Act of 2010 (or, depending on your politics, ObamaCare) has become sort of a lightening rod issue. One of the more controversial elements of the act is the assessment of taxes on businesses that choose not to offer their employees health insurance coverage.  If your company…

Leadership PayReel

Leadership

(I’m turning over this week’s post to Lisa Cobb, Payroll Supervisor at PayReel.  See you next time!  AB) Last week I attended a Leadership Certificate Program in Washington D.C.  What I took away from the three days is how true leadership differs from good old-fashioned management. Our instructor, Martin Armstrong, is retired military and served…

Freelancers: This ain’t your father’s career track! PayReel

Freelancers: This ain’t your father’s career track!

I hear so much about changes in hiring practices … Fewer full-time positions, more project –oriented, “we’ll call you when we need you” jobs.  Funny thing is many young, culturally diverse people coming into the workforce don’t necessarily want to be anchored to a single employer.  They certainly aren’t looking for the 8-to-5, half-hour-lunch, 2-week-…

Why you should read this blog 150 150 PayReel

Why you should read this blog

Let me begin by saying what this blog isn’t. It’s not a way for payroll professionals to stay up-to-date on pending legislation. It’s also not a thinly veiled attempt to sell you something. It’s not particularly well constructed or worthy of being plagiarized. It is, on the other hand, a good read for busy people…