Starting Your Own Company? Consider a Payroll Service

Ms. Career Girl

If you are starting your own business, and hiring employees or contractors, you may be tempted to do the payroll yourself. There are plenty of software packages , and other tools, to help you do the job yourself, but here are five reasons why you might be better off hiring a payroll company. Even if you’re a small business, with fewer than 20 employees or contractors, you can still save money by outsourcing your payroll. In fact, a payroll company (eg.

Is Your Small Business Breaking Labor Laws? 5 Mistakes to Avoid


But it’s still your responsibility to know which federal, state and local labor laws apply to you and to stay in compliance with them. Federal law doesn’t require you to give your employees meal or 15-minute breaks. Classifying Employees as Independent Contractors. Some small business owners think it’ll be easier and cheaper to classify their employees as independent contractors, so they don’t have to pay payroll taxes or cover benefits like disability and paid leave.

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I’m not eligible for raises (but my coworkers are)

Evil HR Lady

All payroll raises for our direct care staff, along with their managers, directors, trainers, and in-house investigators, are billed back to the state or federal government for reimbursement. A reader asks.

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How to Align Cloud Tech to Elevate HR’s Strategic Business


I outsource housework to my housekeeper once a week, a contractor to help with our master bedroom remodel and the lawn service to tackle the jungle that is my backyard. TriNet can assist you with timekeeping, expense management, payroll, performance management and so much more. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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my boss makes me wear her clothes, eat her food, and say I’m grateful for my job

Ask a Manager

As for her treating you as a 1099 contractor rather than an employee (and thus not paying your payroll taxes ), that’s illegal. And really unfair to you, since it means you’re now responsible for the payroll taxes and Social Security she should have been been paying on your behalf. (By If she’s been paying you as a contractor this whole time, you should have seen it on your pay stubs when no taxes were coming out.).

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99 Problems: E-Verify Ain't One.

HR Capitalist

To ensure that he take on only legal employees, co-owner Bert Lemkes enrolled the $20 million business in E-Verify, a federal program that matches data on new hires, such as Social Security numbers, with government records. 30 seconds later I read this in the same article: "Opponents worry that more full-timers will be registered as contract workers by companies seeking to avoid E-Verify, cutting payroll tax revenues.

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Leave Policy Missing In Action

Evil HR Lady

For example: Can this individual remain on the payroll collecting sick leave until the leave runs out? Under what circumstances can an employee with sick leave available but no intention of returning to work remain on the payroll? How all this fits with your disability (short and long term) policies Under what conditions a manager is allowed to hire a temp or contractor to fill the duties See, that's not so hard, right?

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why it’s complicated for your employer to let you work from another state

Ask a Manager

My boss says that to work remotely, I’d need to become a contractor. My boss is indicating because our company is not registered to do business in this other state I would have to convert to a contractor. However, you can’t just convert to independent contractor status without changing some fundamental things about your role. According to a coworker, my boss does not want to pay the increased rates and is considering having me work as a contractor in order to avoid that.

Tired Of The Same Old Same Old? Try A Franchise!

Career Realism

ended abruptly after his division’s largest customer, a military contractor, pulled its business once the federal government imposed massive across-the board cuts as part of “deficit reduction sequestration” in early 2013. While Clausen was confident about his mechanical abilities — “I can put anything together” —when it came to the other aspects of running a business, from bookkeeping to managing payroll and benefits, he felt less sure of himself.

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EEOC is reconsidering their policy regarding Criminal Background.


Solomon is the co-chair of the federal interagency Reentry Council’s staff working group. Shriver, III, Senior Policy Counsel for the Office of Personnel Management, told the Commission that, contrary to what some believe, having an arrest or conviction record does not automatically mean that a person can not work for the federal government. Federal regulations permit agencies to consider each applicant’s unique situation. Be our Friend.

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HireCentrix Forum :: Topic: Employers and Workers Comp: The Real.


They underreport their payrolls. They misrepresent full-time workers as independent contractors, or misrepresent workers as desk employees when in fact they perform relatively hazardous tasks. This collapse was the largest since the Federal Reserve began tracking household wealth after WW2 From August 2007 to October 2008, an estimated 20%, or $2 trillion, disappeared from Americans’ retirement plans. Be our Friend. Keyword Search HCX for your Favorite Author / Content.

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what are the bare minimum benefits an employer needs to provide?

Ask a Manager

I understand my clients’ perspectives to a point — most are in the medical field, and associated at practices prior to opening their own where they were classified as contractors and didn’t receive benefits. I get it, I really do, but I’m of the mind that there should be a basic benefits package factored into total compensation … not just an hourly rate and payroll taxes. A reader writes: I have a question regarding employee benefits.

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short answer Saturday — 6 short answers to 6 short questions

Ask A Manager

If the training is truly mandatory, your employer is required by federal law to pay for the time that you attend the training. I was fired from my last job at a government contractor in the area. I was wondering if there is black list that government contractors have to prevent you from working with another company. I had previously held jobs requiring federal security clearance). It’s short answer Saturday — six short answers to six short questions.

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wee answer Wednesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

Being paid as a contractor when I’m treated as an employee. I recently came across the following information in one of your blog posts: “Your employer can’t pay you as a contractor while treating you like an employee. If your employer controls when, where, and how you work, the government says you’re an employee—and your company needs to pay your payroll taxes and offer you the same benefits it offers to regular employees.”

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HR says I can’t tell an older colleague they’re wrong, coworker stole creative work, and more

Ask a Manager

Annoyed, Tilda dug deeper and discovered the PR agency was in fact Mike operating as an independent contractor! It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. HR said telling an older team member they’re wrong is ageism.

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is it normal to complain about coworkers behind their backs, I opened a love letter to a volunteer, and more

Ask a Manager

I’m an independent contractor being treated like an employee. I was first hired as an independent contractor and didn’t work in the office, only did off-site projects. There was one other employee with the same job description and independent contractor status. However, when I run out of my set office work to do, instead of leaving, they want me to train with one of their full-time employees, who is not an independent contractor.

my managers are disrespectful to people, my company wants to do group interviews, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s true that exempt employees can’t usually have their pay docked, but federal law does allow employers not to pay exempt workers for any week in which they perform no work, as would be the case here. Federal law does require that exempt employees be paid their full salary for any week in which they perform any work.). You can make that clear by responding to their request to come in by saying, “Now that I’m off the payroll, how will that work?

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I promised to stay for a year but want to leave now, using my own personal computer at work, and more

Ask a Manager

The IRS rule on contractors versus employees doesn’t require the employer to provide your work tools. Basically, that rule lets employers structure their relationships with employees however they want (more or less); it’s really about ensuring that they don’t treat people as contractors (by not paying payroll taxes) when they shouldn’t be. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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