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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

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 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 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

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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AccountingWEB Features ADP Suggestions for Talent-Starved Accounting Firms

AccountingWEB has published a byline by Ahu Yildirmaz, co-head of the ADP Research Institute, titled “3 Ways Accounting Firms Can Address the ‘Me’ Versus ‘We’ Mindset,” which explores the impact to accounting firms of a growing talent gap and provides ways they can address this workforce challenge. “The study showed that employers think that only 21 percent of employees are passively looking for another position when, in fact, 42 percent of employees are looking for opportunities elsewhere. These statistics spotlight a growing disconnect between employer perception and employee reality in the workplace, which is contributing to an already startling talent drain…We call this employee-employer friction the “me” versus “we” mindset…It means employers need to recognize that attracting and retaining talent is getting harder due to an abundance of opportunity for accounting professionals.” Read the entire article at AccountingWEB. 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...

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New Hire Paperwork: Requirements & Recommendations

Various federal, state, and local laws require that employees complete certain paperwork at the time of hire. In addition to these requirements, other paperwork is recommended to help you administer payroll, benefits, and other HR responsibilities. Here are some of these key forms: Required New Hire Paperwork: Form I-9. An I-9 Form must be completed to verify that the new hire is authorized to work in the United States. Section 1 of the form must be completed by the end of the employee’s first day of work for pay (but it cannot be completed until the employee has been offered, and has accepted, the job). Employers must complete Section 2 within three business days of the employee’s start date. For example, if an employee begins work on a Monday, Section 2 must be completed by Thursday. Note: In November 2016, the government released a revised version of the I-9. Employers were required to begin using the new version by January 22, 2017. Form W-4. All new hires must complete...

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STEM Graduates Benefit in Today’s Job Market

Dice Insights, a blog focused on recruitment, posted an article about the new crop of STEM graduates flooding into the marketplace and the level of wages they can expect to receive. The article shares a quote from a recent FORTUNE video where Carlos Rodriguez discussed entry-level wages for graduates in the STEM space. According to Carlos Rodriguez, CEO of payroll-processing giant ADP, graduates with degrees in a STEM discipline can expect to pull down as much as $65,000. “Employers are definitely going to be on the offensive here trying to find people,” he told Fortune. To learn more read: How Much are STEM Graduates Earning? 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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Professional and Business Services Industry Continues to Provide Steady Gains Regionally

According to the ADP Regional Employment Report, in May we saw significant employment growth across all regions. While the professional and business services industry continues to add steady gains, we also saw modest gains in the natural resources and mining, and construction industries this month. The ADP Regional Employment Report is produced by ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, Inc. Here is a closer look at the regional numbers: California added 34,500 jobs Florida added 13,500 jobs Illinois added 9,400 jobs New Jersey added 6,200 jobs New York added 13,400 jobs Texas added 30,900 jobs Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Regional Employment Report measures the change in regional and state nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally adjusted basis. For more detailed information, please visit: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/ 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...

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An Eventful Year for Businesses, and Another One to Come

Insights from the ADP Research Institute® annual study of midsized business owners A lot can change in a year. This has been particularly true of the past 12 months, in which we’ve seen several upheavals and major shifts in business, government and public life. In 2017, much uncertainty remains. A new ADP Research Institute study,”Midsized Businesses Poised to Lose Balance in Time of Uncertainty,”surveyed 756 midsized business owners, C-suite executives and senior level executives about their experience and plans looking forward. The annual report points to the fact that U.S. businesses staffing between 50-999 workers are still taking a wait-and-see approach to business practices that could, over time, lead to weaknesses in strong or strengthening companies. Why focus on the middle market? Because midsized businesses play a key role in the economy in terms of job volume and revenue. The Center for Middle Market Research asserts that “if the U.S. middle market were a country, its GDP (gross domestic product) would rank it as the fifth largest economy in...

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