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How Many Ways Can Employees Cheat When Clocking In?


Employee time theft takes many forms, and can be defined as whenever employees are on the clock but not on-the-job. Despite every intent to build an honest equitable employee base, employee time theft persists as an ongoing payroll and productivity issue for many organizations. According to one study recently conducted by Software Advice, a trusted resource for software buyers that provides detailed reviews and research on thousands of software applications, 43 percent of hourly workers surveyed admitted to exaggerating the amount of time they worked during their shifts. 25 percent of those surveyed say they reported more hours than they actually worked 76-100 percent of the time.   The following are some ways employees cheat

This W-2 Phishing Scam is Making Its Round for the Second Year


The IRS is warning businesses to stay alert and informed in the face of potential fraud, as a popular W-2 phishing scam that first reared its ugly head last year is re-circulating this tax season. All businesses should be on the lookout, as the scam has expanded from targeting for-profit corporations, to targeting school districts tribal organizations, and nonprofits, making all businesses more vulnerable.  Scammers are successfully impersonating company executives in an email identity-theft scheme that requests sensitive employee information from payroll or human resources departments, such as W-2 forms. The email is sent from an address that appears to be from the executive’s company email address, and uses the name of a senior company official to

Overview of All Existing U.S. State & City Sick Leave Laws


In 2012, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Though limited in scope (only service workers are eligible for paid sick leave under Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Law) the passing of this law inspired countless other cities and states to follow suit in creating progressive, robust, job-protected paid sick leave laws of their own. For your interest, we have compiled a table of all the state and local paid sick leave laws that currently exist, to the best of our knowledge (we’re relying on your feedback to let us know if we’ve missed anything!). In order to streamline this table as much as possible, we have refrained from

What Stops People from Working Together in the Workplace?


Take a moment and think about the defining experiences that challenged you most when working with peers. How would you characterize the way you and your colleagues (past or present) have worked together? Along the way you’ve probably encountered rude or abrasive behavior that has diminished your confidence, lowered your willingness to actively engage with your peers, and negatively impacted your sense of belonging and/or appreciation.  Unsurprisingly, studies show that rudeness stops people from working together. Those who experience negative behavior are “less likely to seek or accept feedback and less likely to experiment, discuss errors, and speak up about potential or actual problems,” finds Christine Porath, an author and Associate Professor of Management at George University. They don’t share information as readily

How Small Business Owners Can Make the Most of Their Tax Return


If you missed the first part of our tax series, we’ve partnered with tax experts to create helpful content for small business owners approaching tax time. We recently wrote about when to hire a professional tax preparer, and how to select a qualified tax professional. In this article, we’ve compiled top tips to help you get the most out of your tax return this year.  TIP #1: “Make sure you have your expenses and receipts on file,” says Jayson Mullin, the founder of Top Tax Defenders, “This is the number one tip for small businesses getting ready for tax season. Clean bookkeeping should be a year-round goal for any small business owner. Save receipts, no matter

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