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Georgia Revamps Quality Jobs Tax Credit Program

Georgia Revamps Quality Jobs Tax Credit Program

With the enactment of House Bill 265, the State of Georgia has passed two significant changes to its Quality Jobs Tax Credit program, effective with tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. These changes are: Increasing the hiring period for meeting the job increase threshold, and Implementing a new investment requirement in order to be eligible for subsequent job creation periods. Prior to HB 265, Georgia law required that a taxpayer must create at least 50 new quality jobs within one year of when the employer first began withholding taxes in Georgia in order to be eligible for the Quality Jobs Tax Credit.1 Effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, a taxpayer will now have two years in order to meet the 50 quality jobs requirement if the taxpayer first withholds taxes in Georgia after January 1, 2017. HB 265 also enacted a new investment requirement in order for taxpayers to be eligible for the extended two year job creation periods. Effective for...

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How to Prevent a Lax Workplace This Summer

How to Prevent a Lax Workplace This Summer

During the summer, the warm weather and the draw of the beach, barbeques, and travel may lead to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. Below, we identify some common workplace issues during the summer months and how you can prevent and respond to them. Dress Code Violations: As the temperature rises outside, dress code violations tend to increase as well. Now is a good time to remind your employees of your dress and grooming standards. If you adopt a more relaxed dress code during the summer months, provide employees with guidance on what is acceptable and what is not, such as “open-toed shoes are permitted, flip flops are not.” Be sure your policy doesn’t unfairly single out a category of employees, or discriminate against a particular group. Additionally, your policy should not differ greatly between men and women, or impose a greater burden on one gender over the other. If you learn that an employee has violated your rules, consider what can be done to resolve the issue that day,...

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Employee Benefit Adviser Shares ADP’s 4 Ways to Foster Innovation

Employee Benefit Adviser Shares ADP’s 4 Ways to Foster Innovation

Employee Benefit Adviser has posted an article by Aldor H. Delp, vice president and general manager of ADP Resource® and HR Solutions, titled “4 Ways to Foster Innovation in an Organization,” which suggests that fostering innovative new approaches and tools can be a bridge to achieving smarter processes, better technology and happier people. “That’s why it’s vitally important that businesses and HR leaders define innovation for themselves and understand the organizational motivation behind using it… HR leaders, whose job it is to try to sense, understand and serve the needs of employees, have a unique opportunity to be change agents by re-evaluating counterproductive practices and technologies, and supporting the implementation of meaningful, relevant innovations that assist the work effort.” Read the entire article at Employee Benefit Adviser. Share this:Click to email (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new...

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smallbizdaily Highlights ADP POV on the Personalization of Benefits

smallbizdaily Highlights ADP POV on the Personalization of Benefits

smallbizdaily has posted an article by Kristen Appleman, vice president of Health and Wealth for ADP TotalSource®, titled “The Consumerization of Benefits: Why Personalization Is Paramount,” which explores the trend of small business employees who want their benefits options offered just like other products and services – simple, efficient and tailored to their lifestyles. “It’s clear everywhere you look: From food to media, entertainment to clothing, there are near-endless options for what we consume and how we consume it. Now more than ever, consumers are inching closer to the buttons and levers that control their choices. And now we’re starting to see employees opt for more choices when making decisions about their benefits and overall health care.” Read the entire article at smallbizdaily. Share this:Click to email (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new...

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ACA Road to Repeal: Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

ACA Road to Repeal: Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

On June 22, Senate Republicans issued a discussion draft entitled the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017”, which is the Senate version of Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace legislation. The House of Representatives narrowly passed their version of ACA repeal and replace legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), on May 4, 2017. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) set a goal for the Senate to vote ahead of Congress’ July 4 recess, though it is still unclear whether the vote will take place in that timeframe. There is also a question whether or not there are the 50 votes needed to pass the 142-page bill. So, while the vote timing and tally remain uncertain, there is much we do know about the bill, its implications and what to look out for next. For highlights of the Senate Bill and guidance for employers, read ACA Road to Repeal: Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Share this:Click to email (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens...

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