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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Department of Labor has issued guidance for employers on the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”. The Act (FFCRA) is designed to provide emergency supplemental appropriations and support Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s included in the Families First Coronavirus Act? Free COVID-19 Testing: The bill ensures patients have access to cost-free COVID-19 testing. Paid…

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Daylight Savings this Sunday March 8, 2020

Just a friendly reminder that Daylight Saving Time (DST) is starting this Sunday, March 8, 2020. Depending on your Time & Attendance system, your software may automatically adjust punches that cross 2 AM or you may have to make a mass update for punches from that day. Don’t know which way your system works? Give…

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The new 2020 W-4 Form and Sage HRMS

The Q4 Payroll Releases for both Sage HRMS and Sage Abra Suite contain the changes necessary to handle the new 2020 W-4. The form has been updated to reflect the changes to the tax code made in 2019. The form excludes withholding allowances which are no longer used. The new 2020 W-4 form has been…

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ABC News and the W-2 Verification Code

For the last few days, ABC News has aired segments on the W-2 verification code. To our ears, it sounds like everyone should expect this wonderful feature on their W-2. Unfortunately only one in four W-2s (about 60 million) are expected to have the code this year. W-2 Verification Code History The verification code is…

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Crazy In Product Messaging

If you are a Sage HRMS user, you will want to pay attention to the in product messaging from Sage. Typically after logging into HRMS, you will receive a message from Sage. The latest message informs users of the Q4 2017 SR1 (service release) that’s available for download. The release contains a number of Unemployment…

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ACA Reporting Deadline Extended

The IRS has just released a notice that extends the due date for delivering 1095-C forms to employees. Previously the forms were due on January 31, 2018. The new deadline is March 2, 2018. The notice also extends good faith transition relief from section 6721 and 6722 penalties to the 2017 information reporting requirements under…

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Converging Payroll and Human Resources Systems

Technology changes fast, and each successive generation’s expectations are quickly reshaping how human resources (HR) works with employees. In order to adapt, businesses must simplify their HR strategies to gain efficiencies, reduce costs, and maintain employee engagement. The convergence of cloud-based HR systems and payroll is one area of opportunity that can help businesses stay…

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Mobile Solutions in Human Capital Management

Look around wherever you are, and you’re likely to see people glued to their smartphones. In fact, your phone is probably sitting on your desk or in your pocket right now. We are living in a connected world and expect information and services to be delivered on demand in a mobile-friendly format. Human resources is…

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5 Reasons to Move From Spreadsheets to an HCM

Many HR admins and managers rely on spreadsheets to help them record key people-related data. It may be sufficient enough when you are managing a small number of employees or want to work with a very specific set of data. However, using spreadsheets once the your organization starts to grow and staff numbers increase isn’t…

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