How often should employees get paid?

How often am I required to pay a non-exempt, hourly employee?  A business can get into trouble if they do not pay their staff as often as the law requires.  Some states require pay only once a month, others require it twice a month.  In some states, the rules even differ depending on the occupation.  As an …

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What should I pay? Salary vs. Hourly

Employee Classifications: This is a big question for most employers.  Do I pay employees a salary or an hourly wage?  To decide the answer, you first must determine if the person can qualify as Exempt or not: Non-Exempt/ Hourly: Most employees fall into this group.  They are paid at an hourly rate.  Such employees are …

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By what date must W-2 forms be provided?

Employers need to “furnish” employee W-2 forms by January 31st.  That means that the forms must be properly addressed and mailed before that due date.  You can also hand them out in person by that date.  Failure to furnish the W-2 forms by the deadline can result in fines. Must the Form W-2 report the value of …

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Should I have a Bad Weather Policy?

You should have a written Bad Weather Policy.  Sometimes, you may have an emergency shutdown due to severe weather.  It is important that you let your employees know what your policy is when this occurs.  As part of your Employee Handbook, you should have a policy for inclement weather, stating your pay policy (usually it …

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What is the deadline for issuing Form W-2s to my employees?

Employers need to "furnish" employee W-2 forms by January 31st.  That means that the forms must be properly addressed and mailed before that due date.  You can also hand them out in person by that date.  Failure to furnish the W-2 forms by the deadline can result in fines. Must the Form W-2 report the value of …

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When do you pay overtime?

When does overtime (OT) start?  40 hours in a week or 8 hours in a day?  Federal law states that an employer usually must pay time-and-a-half (1.5) after 40 hours in a week.  There are a few exceptions to this rule for certain industries (like farm laborers) and certain positions (exempt, salaried employees).  State Laws: …

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Do I have to pay employees during bad weather shutdowns?

Do you pay employees during an emergency closure?  When bad weather or a natural disaster occurs, a business can be forced to close down for a time.  The closure might be caused by weather conditions like snow, heavy rain, hurricane, tornado, flooding, or sleet.  The closure could also occur due to a natural disaster or other …

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How often do I have to pay employees?

How often are you required to pay a non-exempt, hourly employee?  A business can get into trouble if they do not pay their staff as often as the law requires.  Each state has different regulations (Alabama, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are the exceptions).  In some states, the rules even differ, depending on the …

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Do employees get time off to vote?

Do you have to give your employees time off for voting?  The answer is "yes" in most states, but there are specific conditions which change depending on your location.  Do you have to give employees PAID time off for voting?  Yes, in certain states. These questions are important for an employer to know, especially in some …

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How often do I need to pay an employee?

State laws differ on how often you must pay your staff.  The regulations range from "no specific regs" (Alabama and South Carolina) to "depending on your occupation" (California and Michigan).  Most states require two pay days a month.  More Information: See the chart from the US Department of Labor for specifics concerning your area: http://www.dol.gov/whd/state/payday.htm What …

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