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How to Protect and Prepare Your Business From the Coronavirus

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Now spread outside of China, the coronavirus takes its toll worldwide. Along with South Korea, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, France, and Germany, the United States has now confirmed signs of this deadly disease in its own home. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of March 2nd, there are 6 confirmed deaths in the US; however, in its current state, experts say that there will be a huge outbreak soon. This relentless virus brings a lot of chaos and bewilderment to many US citizens, and leaves many wondering what they can do to protect themselves. Citizens everywhere are stocking up on bleach, face masks, gloves, and disinfectant products. People worldwide are doing what they can to prevent the virus from entering their own homes and businesses.

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Is it Legal to Work Through Lunch In California?

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California meal period laws can be confusing to many, especially when they are changing every year. Employees used to take meal breaks after 6 hours, but that has since changed to 5 hours after Labor Code Section 512 passed. In addition to Labor Code Section 512, California cities also have their own regulations. With multiple laws in place, it’s incredibly important that employers speak with their local labor boards. This will help ensure that employees are following meal break laws correctly. If employers don’t comply with laws, they may receive penalties and might have to pay employees back in the future.

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Does the New 2020 Form W-4 Affect Employees and Employers?

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There have been a lot of changes in 2020 in regards to the US overtime policy salary history bans in Ohio, New York, and New Jersey, and the federal mileage rate. In addition to that, the IRS recently changed Form W-4 for employees and employers starting in 2020. This change leaves employees and employers wondering what they need to do moving forward. Luckily, most people don’t have to worry about changes; however, if you’re thinking about getting a new job or hiring new employees in 2020, you’ll want to acquaint yourself with the new Form W-4. 

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Important Employer Tax Filing Dates 2020

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* As of March 21st, 2020, The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service extended the federal income tax filing due date from April 15, 2020, to July, 15, 2020.

Taxes are difficult for a lot of people, and it’s even tougher when you own a company. Not only do business owners have to track expenses for taxes and other tax deductions, but they must also fill out multiple forms throughout the year for tax filing purposes. With many forms and deadlines, it is difficult to remember when certain IRS forms are due. We don’t want you to stress, so we’ve mapped out all of the important dates so that you know exactly what to do and when to do it. 

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New Mileage Rate for 2020

If you’re an employee or employer, you’re probably aware that a lot of things change in the beginning of each year. This year, for instance, we’ve already seen changes to the US overtime policy new salary history bans in Ohio, New York, and New Jersey, and changes to Form W-4. Of course, to keep us on our toes, the IRS has placed a new regulation upon us. On December 31st, 2019, the IRS released the new standard mileage rate for the year 2020. Their official notice explains the rules of the optional standard mileage rate within the next year. Taxpayers will use this rate when computing deductible costs when using a vehicle for business, charitable, medical, or moving expense purposes. 

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Your Guide to Tax Deductions for Small Businesses

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If you run a small business, you’re going to want to file your tax deductions accurately. Properly filing tax deductions will give you a larger tax return. Unfortunately some businesses are not keeping accurate track of their records. As a result, there are a lot of tax write offs that people miss. To ensure that you benefit from deductions, you must keep records of all aspects of your business, including expenses. Once you’re organized and have valuable data to back up your claims, you may deduct many business expenses.

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Salary History Bans in Ohio, New York, and New Jersey- Effective 2020

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A common question asked during interviews is, “What is your current salary?” Although this sounds like a harmless question, this can lead employers to legal trouble. Of course, this can only lead to trouble if your state or city enforces salary history ban laws. Many states prohibit employers from asking applicants about their past or present salaries or benefits. The salary ban is said to decrease the salary disparities among different genders. Additionally, salary history bans prevent employers from decreasing salary offers based on the applicant’s past income. As a result of these bans, employees feel as though they are getting a fair shot in earning compensation.

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6 Things You Should Do at Work Before Leaving for Vacation

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Although taking time off is very exciting, it’s not a great idea to let yourself mentally check out before you’ve left the office. If you don’t prepare correctly, you’ll find yourself with an abundance of phone calls, emails, missed meetings, and questions from colleagues upon your return. To avoid stress when you come back from vacation, we’ve provided a checklist to help you prepare for your departure.

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Do Employees Get Holiday Pay?

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The holiday season is among us, which means that it’s the season for raises, bonuses, and more. A lot of employees have expectations this time of year because many employers provide extra perks. Employers might give extra pay as incentive to work during the holidays, cash bonuses, extra time off, and more. With all of these different policies implemented by businesses, employees aren’t sure what they’re actually entitled to. What can employees expect when they work on a holiday?

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What Happens to Employees After an Acquisition?

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If you’re an employer, an acquisition is a good thing. This means that your business gained so much revenue and popularity that another larger company sees its potential and purchases it. If you’re an employee, you may have a different mindset about acquisitions. Unlike employers, employees often do not sit back and relax when they hear about this transition. After an acquisition, employees are nervous about their job security, and rightfully so. All of these changes cause confusion and nervousness among employees, and that’s why we’re here to clear things up:

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