“Does anybody really know what time it is?” A Golden Oldie from the group Chicago

Time and Attendance – Essential Payroll Series

I expect that there have literally thousands of songs referencing time in some form or fashion. Surely someone knows the musical group Chicago. One of the most popular groups of the 70’s and 80’s, they had a song called “Does anyone know what time it is?” The song is not related to payroll but in an effort to demonstrate the importance of tracking time worked for hourly employees I have adapted it for our use.

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Is it true “rising tides lift all ships”? – Salaries set to increase

You may have heard the ol’ sayin’ “a rising tide lifts all ships”. This phrase has been used to describe how one event benefits those not directly connected to the event. Well this event is not necessarily going to be a benefit to employers, maybe employees.

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“Take this Job and Shove It” say Goodbye to Unemployment Benefits

Johnny Paycheck made this song the anthem of the late 1970’s. This song was written by David Allen Coe and expressed the dissatisfaction of a nation coming out of the economic downturn of the 70’s. Today I use the title of this classic country song to discuss controlling unemployment insurance costs.

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“Show Me the Money” – Two Pieces of Pending Legislation You Should Know About

Legislative Update – February 2014

“Show me the money” is line from an old Tom Cruise movie “Jerry Maguire”. In the movie the line is the mantra of Jerry’s (Tom Cruise) client, a pro football player. In this Essential Payroll Series update we use the line as a warning regarding two pieces of pending legislation at the federal level.

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Mark Twain and Payroll – Essential Payroll Series 2014

 

Have you ever read “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”?

The humor of Mark Twain is both simple and complex, I suppose the mark of a fantastic writer and thinker. I just completed the short story “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. If you have not had time to read this humorous classic then it is worth your attention.

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The End of Free Beer Fridays? -The Essential Payroll Series 2014

Is this the end of FREE BEER FRIDAYS! Yea, you read correctly, should free beer considered a bonus? I believe the great philosopher Homer Simpson said “you don’t buy beer, you just rent it”. So if we are only renting, is that a payroll issue? Believe it or not, it may be.

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Essential Payroll Series 2014 – Payroll Tax Deposits

Its payroll day, yeah, we have processed the employee payments and everybody is happy right? In the real world probably not, but on average most companies do a fantastic job of processing payroll. A significant number of employees receive their payments via direct deposit. But processing payroll is just half of the process. Now we must make sure the employment and federal tax deposits are made timely.

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