States May Require Higher Minimum Wage Rates for Disabled Workers

by APS | Dec 06, 2016 | Blog, Industry Insights, HR | 0 Comments

According to the Department of Labor's (DOL's) Wage and Hour Division, employers with a certificate that authorizes them to pay their disabled workers a subminimum wage rate will now be required to abide by state laws that require higher minimum wage rates for disabled workers. A subminimum wage is defined as an hourly wage lower than the $7.25 federal minimum.

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Department of Labor Files Appeal in Response to Court Blocking Overtime Rule

by APS | Dec 02, 2016 | Blog, Industry Insights, HR, IRS | 0 Comments

On December 1st, the same day the updated FLSA overtime was originally set to take effect, the Department of Labor (DOL) filed an appeal with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in response to the temporary injunction that was issued. Had the updated overtime rules guidelines gone into effect, it would have made 4 million workers eligible for overtime pay.

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4 Ways Technology Can Increase Non-Profits’ Efficiency

As technology develops, automating some tasks can ease the burden of manual labor and allow non-profit organizations to spend more time on fundraising and furthering their respective causes. However, the day-to-day bustle of internal management can still pose a challenge.

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W-2 vs. Final Pay Stub: Understanding the Difference

APS receives many questions during tax season, and one that seems to come up quite often is why an employee’s wage amounts on a final pay stub of the year are different than what is shown on the W-2. Whether you are looking to hone your knowledge or need a clear and concise document to give to employees, APS is providing this information to make this time of year a little less stressful.

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Federal Judge Blocks FLSA Overtime Rule from Taking Effect

by APS | Nov 28, 2016 | Blog, Industry Insights, HR, FLSA | 0 Comments

In a surprise ruling, a federal judge blocked the Department of Labor's (DOL's) updated FLSA overtime rule from taking effect on December 1st. The ruling is in response to a November 16th hearing where 21 states argued that the DOL had exceeded its authority with the new $47,476 salary threshold.

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APS Alerts: 2017 Payroll Tax Rates and Changes

Payroll Tax Rates and Changes

It is important to be familiar with changes in payroll taxes each year to accurately process payroll. The 2017 limitations and benefits have been released. Please visit our Payroll Taxes: Rates and Changes page for more information.

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10 Easy Ways to Motivate Your Employees

by APS | Nov 22, 2016 | Blog, Industry Insights, HR | 0 Comments

Your Employees are Your Greatest Asset

All businesses want to grow and succeed. But without fostering the growth and happiness of your greatest asset - your people - you are setting your business up to stagnate. By motivating your employees, you are nurturing their drive to succeed, which feeds back into your business. Here are ten easy ways to motivate your employees:

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APS Alerts: ACA Reporting Deadline Extended and Updated Form I-9 Released

IRS Extends the Deadline for ACA Reporting Forms 1095-C

The IRS announced in Notice 2016-70 on November 18 that the deadline for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Form 1095-C information reporting has been extended from January 31, 2017 to March 2, 2017. 

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Build a Top-Notch Restaurant Recruiting Process in 3 Steps

Why Restaurants Need a Clear Recruiting Process

Savvy restaurateurs know that solid processes are the key to achieving consistency within their businesses. The problem is that some restaurant owners only leverage repeatable processes for their employees to follow, particularly if the restaurant is franchised – recipes for each dish, guidelines around cleanliness and food safety, consistent greetings to customers, standards for busing and cleaning tables, etc.

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2017 Minimum Wage Rates

by APS | Nov 10, 2016 | Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll | 0 Comments

Minimum Wage Rates

Employers are required to comply with wage and hour laws that regulate minimum wage. The minimum wage is the lowest rate that employers are required to pay their non-exempt employees (unless the employee meets certain, state-specific exceptions such as those for tipped employees).

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