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The New Tax Law Makes Hiring Your Kids Smarter Than Ever

One of the biggest advantages of running a family business is being able to employ your minor children. By hiring your kids, you have the opportunity to teach them the value of hard work, give them experience managing money, and allow them to save for their future. In turn, you get workers who have a […]

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4 Ways To Significantly Reduce Your 2019 Tax Bill

As we approach the end of 2019, you should be working with your bookkeeper and tax advisor to project your company’s year-end tax liability and implement strategies for saving as much money as possible. Most tax-saving strategies need to be in place before the end of the year, so make sure you get this process […]

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3 Strategies For Engaging and Managing a Remote Workforce

There are numerous advantages to running a business with a remote workforce. Without a physical office, startup costs and overhead are significantly lowered. You aren’t limited to hiring locally, so you have a much better chance at attracting top talent. And increased employee autonomy typically increases job satisfaction, which can boost productivity and morale, while […]

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New Bill Stands to Dramatically Alter Worker Classification in California

State legislators in California recently passed a controversial new bill that requires many companies like Uber and Lyft, which rely primarily on independent contractors, to reclassify their contractors as employees. The bill, known as Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), stands to upend the business model of the affected companies in California and potentially impact the […]

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Have Independent Contractors? Read This…

As more and more businesses take advantage of the numerous benefits of using independent contractors (ICs) in lieu of full-time employees, the line between worker classifications can get somewhat blurred. Understanding the difference between the two can be complex, but getting it right can be one of the most important business decisions you’ll ever make. […]

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4 Invaluable Benefits of Creating a Thriving Company Culture

Mention developing your corporate culture these days, and many people think of having a relaxed dress code, allowing your team to bring pets to work, or adding a ping pong table to the break room. But your company culture is much more than that. A strong corporate culture is integral to your business. It affects […]

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Avoid These 3 Frequent Causes of Small Business Lawsuits

It’s challenging enough to run a successful business without having to worry about getting sued. But in today’s highly litigious society, lawsuits are all-too-common, and you should take every necessary precaution to protect your company from unnecessary litigation. One of the worst aspects of lawsuits is that even if you win, you’re still on the […]

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DOL Says Gig Workers Are Contractors, Not Employees

This week the Department of Labor issued an opinion letter signaling that it’s siding with business owners when it comes to determining whether gig workers like Uber drivers should be classified as employees or independent contractors. The DOL letter concluded these workers are contractors, not employees, and as such, they’re not entitled to federal protections […]

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What You Should Know About ‘Ban the Box’ Laws

If you haven’t yet heard about the legislative initiative sweeping across the country known as “Ban the Box,” you probably will soon. Indeed, if your company is located in one of the 33 states or more than 150 cities and counties that have adopted such laws, you risk legal penalties and lawsuits if you’re not […]

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FAQs About Independent Contractors and 1099s

With the rise of the “gig economy” and so many people now working as independent contractors (ICs), as opposed to full-time employees, you should be well-familiar with the rules and requirements for the tax form known as a 1099. A 1099 is designed to document and track payments you make to ICs for services they […]

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8 Items to Include in Your Employee Handbook

If your company has (or plans to have) employees, you should definitely create an employee handbook. Handbooks ensure that employees are not only aware of your rules, but also the federal and state laws governing their employment. You can use the handbook to introduce your employees to your company and its culture, explaining what’s expected […]

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