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By Richard on 6/13/2014 1:03 PM
Mayor Ed Lee is proposing a $15 per hour minimum wage measure for the November ballot, which would place San Francisco in the stratosphere with its Pacific Northwest rival Seattle, where the city council got the nation's attention last week by boosting the minimum to $15.

But the San Francisco version would take effect faster, and without exceptions that Seattle made for workers who make tips, and businesses that provide health coverage. All of which led San Francisco's mayor and other supporters to bill the local measure as ensuring the city's status of having the highest minimum wage in the nation.

Lee's proposal would rachet the minimum wage to $15 from its current $10.74 by July 1, 2018. In between, it would bump up to $12.25 by next May 1, $13 by July 1, 2016, and $14 by July 1, 2017. The full rate would kick in on July 1, 2018, according to the Mayor's press office.

Ten members of the San Francisco Board...
By Richard on 5/23/2014 8:04 AM
Choosing a Provider – Choosing a provider can be based on a number of different factors. Some of these factors will most likely include product features, price, security and reliability, customer service, location and many more. 

Features – What’s included in the basic services provided? What are your specific needs and can they be addressed to your satisfaction?  Price – How does the price compare to comparable providers? Some providers will process your payroll for next to nothing but in return you must use their agency for employee benefits. Beware of providers who are not full service. They often only offer self-service cloud payroll with no option for customer support. Have you reviewed the rates and everything that is included with that quoted rate? How long does the quoted rate stand? Typically the discounts will expire anywhere from 3 months to 1 year. What additional fees will catch you by surprise down the line? Security – Reputation is paramount. Check the past. Have...
By Richard on 5/16/2014 1:03 PM
Many business owners make the mistake of assuming their payroll is better handled in house. They want control of their data, informational protection and financial savings. Occasionally in house payroll processing is the right fit, but the vast majority of businesses will quickly find the decision to manage their own payroll to be all consuming and costly in more ways than they imagined.

Payroll requires a depth of knowledge few business owners have time to acquire. There are the ever-changing intricacies of tax and wage laws. Federal, state or local agency reporting requirements that must be followed increases the number of items which a business owner must handle. The slightest error will trigger penalties and interest that compound and quickly burn through any cost savings that you may realize by bringing the payroll in house.

What to consider when analyzing your payroll processing method.

-  Up to date knowledge and the required continuing education – Training staff to handle payroll...
By Richard on 2/13/2014 1:55 PM
We have listed below a number of changes for 2014 from the IRS and Department of Labor:

 

IRS Announces 2014 Pension Plan Limits.

 

The IRS has announced the 2014 pension plan limits. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans remains unchanged at $17,500. The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over for these plans also remains unchanged at $5,500. To read the IRS' announcement on limitations for 2014, click here.

Social Security Wage Base to Increase in 2014.

 

Social Security's Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program limits the...
By Jessica_Nosal on 11/13/2013 2:47 PM

One of the many new laws going into effect in 2014 will require hotels, restaurants and other employers in the hospitality industry to change their current practice when employees are paid "automatic" tips charged to large groups of patrons. This ruling will not only effect tax withholding, but also require employers to make additional overtime payments to the employees, above and beyond the automatic tip charged to the customer.
By Jessica_Nosal on 9/23/2013 7:31 AM
The penalty portion of the notification mandate has been removed. Employers are urged to notify thier employees regarding the Health Exchanges, however the penalty of $100 is now delayed.
By Jessica_Nosal on 9/19/2013 10:06 AM

There is a hidden Affordable Care Act deadline looming for millions of businesses.

Specifically:

  • As of October 1, 2013, any business that employs at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all of its employees by letter about the Affordable Care Act's health-care exchanges.
  • If your business meets these requirements and does not comply, it will face up to a $100-per-day fine.
  •  The condition applies to all businesses that are regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, regardless of size. Additionally, a letter must be distributed to any new hire within 14 days of their starting date.  This is required by the Department of Labor.   

Stay Compliant By Downloading The Notice Of Exchanges And Subsidies Letters Provided.

By Jessica_Nosal on 8/23/2013 1:05 PM

National Payroll Week is just around the corner and Accuchex would love for you to join us in our annual celebration!

We are celebrating America's workers for National Payroll Week September 4th, and will be providing food, refreshments and beverages, including our signature cocktail.  There will also be live music, a raffle, prize wheel, photo booth and other fun.  National Payroll Week is sponsored by the American Payroll Association and is designed to bring awareness to the importance of the payroll system, and how it contributes to the American economy.

By Jessica_Nosal on 8/9/2013 12:38 PM

Accuchex is extremely proud to announce that we have been named as one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay in the eighth-annual North Bay Business Journal survey. This is truly an honor. After several months of gathering nominations, an anonymous employee input and extensive review, Accuchex was named one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay.

By Jessica_Nosal on 7/12/2013 11:02 AM
The Affordable Care Act mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements will be deferred until 2015; the previous deadline was January 2014. The Obama Administration announced the delay via blog post last week, click here to read full post.  The individual mandate has not been delayed and will still be effective 2014.
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