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Don’t Fear! Tips to Survive Year-End Reporting

For many employers, the last three months of the calendar year can be quite overwhelming as you prepare for routine year-end workforce activities such as distributing Forms W-2, potential changes in employer taxes, and the ongoing effects of legislative and regulatory changes. Keeping pace with all of these tasks — while remaining compliant — can be daunting. To help with these efforts, ADP® is conducting two hour-long webcasts that will offer insights on the latest changes and trends pertaining to year-end reporting, including aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), unemployment insurance tax, Forms W-2 reporting and payroll. Topics of discussion will include: Affordable Care Act (ACA) o New IRS® ACA E-File Systems and Error Notices o IRS ACA Penalty Assessments Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax o Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Changes – Possible FUTA credit reduction and Benefit Cost Rate Assessment – Affected states and potential outcomes o State Unemployment Tax Changes – Proposed expansions to quarterly wage reporting o Update on the projected solvency of state UI trust...

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Predictive Analytics Can Help Keep Your Most Valuable Employees from Quitting

In this tight labor market, talent retention is a top priority for businesses of all sizes. For any business to gain and maintain a competitive edge, one of the main objectives of HR leaders and business owners has to be not only recruiting the best talent but retaining it as well. So wouldn’t it be great if you had insight into which of your top talent is thinking of leaving so you could take preemptive action? With ADP’snew Turnover Probability solution, powered by the ADP® DataCloud, companies can more accurately identify the likelihood of future voluntary turnover. By helping to identify those employees most at risk of leaving, the model helps eliminate the guesswork from identifying likely hotspots of attrition within an organization, and mitigates the business risk of losing valued employees in key jobs, departments and locations. To gain a competitive edge, employers need to know where the highest levels of turnover occur within their organization, how their likelihood of turnover compares to other companies in their industry,...

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What It Means to Support Working Mothers

Rita Mitjans, Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

Jobs and careers are a big part of our lives, but are not the only things that matter. Life changes, like the birth or adoption of a child, brings joy and at the same time, tremendous complexity to our life. It’s even more challenging when you’re a single parent.Although my daughter is now in college, I struggled with balancing work and family initially.Having a boss that gave me the flexibility to go to doctors’ appointments and drop her off at school allowed me to be less stressed and more productive – something that benefitted me and my company.The reality is that while my job hadn’t changed when I returned from maternity leave, my life had. At ADP, we recognize this challenge — it’s another way we live our brand of “a more human resource,” and we also value what working mothers and their families can teach us. Our approach starts with listening to the working mothers in our associate base, having policies and benefits that address those needs, and...

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Beyond Big Data – Sometimes You Need to Sweat the Small Stuff

While the HR industry’s all abuzz about Big Data and figuring out how to wrangle it to glean insights to better inform workforce decisions, HR leaders shouldn’t overlook the value of the smaller data that’s right in front of them. Small data’s the separate, independent data sets that make up Big Data. It provides the why behind what the Big Data shows. It’s the individual jigsaw pieces that make up the larger puzzle. Think about the Word document containing an individual’s performance review or the Excel spreadsheet of competitive pricing analysis. Both of these work products contain invaluable data and takeaways that, when centrally aggregated and analyzed, can provide actionable business insights. To read more about the value of small data and how to use it derive insights and plan strategies to tackle specific business challenges, check out this article by ADP’s David Turetsky, Vice President and Chief Product Owner, ADP DataCloud in AllBusiness.com. Share this:Click to email (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...

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Bloomberg’s Data for Good Exchange: Using Big Data for the Public Interest

Ahu Yildirmaz, Ph.D. Vice President, ADP Research Institute

In America’s dynamic, complex labor market, a clear understanding of economic data is critical to providing policymakers and business leaders with actionable insights. This theme was central to the discussion at Bloomberg’s Data for Good Exchange, an annual conference highlighting the application of data science for public good. With widely-read reports sourced from the payroll data of more than 24 million American workers, ADP was uniquely positioned to discuss how we use our data for good. We already know that big data is revolutionizing the corporate world. Here at ADP, big data allows us to provide better services to more customers, but in the public sphere and non-profit sectors, we’ve yet to fully realize the impact of big data. Sunday’s event featured a lively discussion among fellow researchers, academics, policymakers and NGOs about the role big data can play in better governance. One area in which ADP data can help to fill in these gaps is understanding the dynamics behind wage growth. It is often said that wage growth...

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Stable, Steady, and Single: The State of the Health Benefits Market

What is the current state of the health benefits market? ADP’s Christopher Ryan, Vice President for Strategic Advisory Services, highlights the current state of the health benefits market according to ADP’s Annual Health Benefits Report. With the labor market transitioning to accommodate for the influx of millennial workers, the health benefits market is also coming to terms with these changes. Combined with broad changes to health benefits in recent years after the adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many employers have re-assessed their coverage plans. While many employees have opted into traditional coverage plans, many now look to health savings accounts (HSAs) as a solution. Overall, the data in this year’s report suggests that employer-provided health care plans in the large employer market are stable. Seventy-six percent of those eligible chose to purchase benefits in 2016, and employers are effectively adjusting to changes mandated by the ACA. To learn more, read: Stable, steady, and single: The state of the health benefits market Share this:Click to email (Opens in...

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Time Off, ACA Regulations and Your Small Business Clients

John Haslinger, Vice President of Strategic Advisory Services recently caught up with Taija Sparkman, Assistant Editor of CPA Practice Advisor while they were both at the Midwest Accounting Show, in Chicago, IL on August 23. They discussed how the Affordable Care Act continues to be a challenge for many business owners and how, as a trusted advisor, accountants can help them better understand this complex regulation and its IRS reporting requirements. “There is a real opportunity for accountants to be more consultative in how they approach the ACA with their clients. ACA compliance is a huge burden for businesses with less than 200 employees and they may not have the same resources as larger corporations. By differentiating in services for small businesses and knowing who the key players are in the field, accounting professionals have a real opportunity to provide value-added service to their clients,” said Haslinger. To learn more, read: Time Off, ACA Regulations and Your Small Business Clients Share this:Click to email (Opens in new window)Click to...

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Big Data: The Key to Diversity in the Workplace

Ahu Yildirmaz, Ph.D. Vice President, ADP Research Institute

At ADP, we know that diversity fuels workplace innovation. We also have the data to tell the real story about workplace diversity. That’s why yesterday, we proudly sponsored Data Science and Data Architecture at ADP, an event hosted in conjunction with the NYC Women in Machine Learning and Data Science. Along with our principal data scientist Xiaojing Wang, I joined this community of women pursuing passions for data and machine learning for a provocative talk and engaging discussion. Big data is more than just numbers – it has the power to move the labor market and impact economic policy. Highlighting the ADP Research Institute’s Workforce Vitality Report, I chatted with the audience about how ADP is turning big data into actionable data. Our Workforce Vitality Report, a quarterly measure of wage growth based on the real payroll data of 24 million Americans paid by ADP, provides critical insights on labor market dynamics as well as benchmarks to measure human capital management for individual companies. The WVR sheds light on...

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How Can Startups and Entrepreneurs Compete in the War for Talent? With a PEO

It’s no secret that starting and running a small business is no small feat. Business owners are often pulled in what feels like a million directions — striving to ensure the business is growing, clients are happy, and that they actually get to sleep at night (or at least some nights!). But if you ask many entrepreneurs, they will tell you the one thing they never imagined would be so hard was managing their employees (even if they only have two) and providing the HR and benefits today’s top talent requires. As the workforce continues to undergo significant generational shifts and increasing competition in the war for talent, startups – by sheer nature of their size — are faced with challenges in delivering the attractive benefits that come more easily to larger organizations. As a result, working with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) is a popular option that many entrepreneurs are considering. ADP TotalSource®, the largest PEO in the United States with more than 400,000 worksite employees, has traditionally...

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ACA Best Practices: Avoiding IRS Penalties – Why Acting Now Can Save You Penalty Dollars Later

Your Forms 1095-C are likely filed and will now be used by the IRS to assess penalties for failing to comply with the Employer Shared Responsibility mandate of the ACA. That’s one MAJOR penalty opportunity scratched off the list. But before you see that assessment, there is a trigger happening now that can alert you to a potential problem: a Marketplace Notice. Early intervention is key when it comes to Marketplace Notices. The sooner you respond, the better chance you have of minimizing their impact. When you receive a Marketplace Notice, it can be concerning – and rightly so knowing they can lead to paperwork and fines depending on the health coverage offered to your full-time employees. If you understand the implications of receiving a notice, you can be ready to handle the situation in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. But first things first: do you know what this notice is? Will your locations know it if they receive one? And what should you do with it?...

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