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Pay Properly or Pay the Price

Small business owners beware! You might be paying your employees improperly and that can cost you thousands of dollars in penalties. Don’t worry, Focus HR can help you.

Salary Secrets & Other Business No-Nos

If you have employees working in the same classification under different wage rates, legally and without discrimination, you still might be tempted to keep their salary difference a secret. In the interest of office morale, you might want to ask the higher paid employee to keep his or her salary on the ‘down low,’ but […]

Decades Low Unemployment Rate; Small Businesses Forced to Adjust

Having trouble filling those open positions? You are not alone! All the data and statistics confirm, this is a growing problem for small businesses and organizations nationwide, and its time to make some adjustments. According to Trading Economics, the U.S. unemployment rate is expected to hit 3.80 percent by the end of this quarter. This […]

W4: A Work in Progress

The IRS is updating its W4 form and significant edits are expected. Here’s what we know so far…

Seasonal Health & Safety

The summer season presents health and safety hazards that we should all consider, on or off the job.

Be a Hacker’s Headache: Stop, Look, Think

If you think your business is too small for a hacker’s hit list, STOP. LOOK. And THINK again. It’s estimated, 43% of all cyber hits are against small businesses. What’s more, a single breach often puts the company out of business. Our recommendation:  STOP. LOOK. THINK. Employee error is one of the leading causes of […]

The Employment Power of a 401(k)

When it comes to recruiting and retaining key employees, business owners are learning the true power of job perks. Providing a 401(k) plan is not only good for business owners, but it’s becoming an essential offering for the job seekers. If you think you don’t have enough time, money, or knowledge to sponsor a 401(k) […]

Heat Hazard: Workplace Do’s and Don’ts

Late spring and early summer bring warmer and warmer temperatures by the day, especially in the desert southwest. In the month of May, nationwide, high temperatures range between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but some cities are notoriously ‘hotter’ and/or more humid than others. Business leaders need to take precautions and understand the workplace Do’s […]

Public Comment Underway on Proposed Increase to Overtime Threshold

The U.S. Department of Labor is trying, once again, trying to raise the overtime salary threshold for exempt defined employees to $35,308 per year, up from the current $23,660 which has been in place since 2004. This proposed rule would also raise the threshold for “highly-compensated employees” from $100,000 annually to $147,414 per year. All […]

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