Resources for Businesses

Employment

Background Checks

Federal, state and local laws restrict the types of information that can be obtained via background checks and how the data received can be used. 

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces federal laws pertaining to equal pay, discrimination, and civil rights. 

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State Discrimination Laws

Most states have laws protecting employees against workplace discrimination, including on the basis of race, national origin, age, religion, and disability.  

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State Equal Pay Rules

Many states have established equal pay laws to address pay discrimination in the workplace. Certain employers may be exempt from these laws.

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Immigration

Per the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, employers must complete Form I-9 for each new hire to help verify the employee’s employment eligibility.

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Drug Testing Laws

A number of states impose limits on workplace drug-testing, including random testing and how test results should be used.

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W-4 Form

Employers are supposed to give new hires, and existing employees who want to update their federal income tax withholding, a W-4 form to fill out.

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IRS Withholding Tables

IRS Publication 15 contains the federal withholding rules that apply to your employees plus your own federal employment tax obligations.

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State/Local Withholding Form

If applicable, employers should have new hires (and employees who want to update their state/local withholding) complete a state/local withholding form.

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Federal (DOL) Laws

The U.S. Department of Labor’s major laws relate to wages and hours, workplace health and safety, wage garnishments, workplace posters, and more.

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State Labor Laws

Employers should check with the state department of labor for state labor laws, including those relating to minimum wage, overtime, rest breaks, and child labor. 

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State New Hire Reporting

Employers must report new hires to the respective state agency shortly after hiring them. The reports are essential to child support collection.

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Benefit Plan Reporting

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has specific rules for reporting and disclosing health and welfare plans.

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State Tax Agencies

The state tax agency administers state employment tax rules. It can also point employers in the right direction with regards to applicable local employment tax. 

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State Unemployment Tax

Most employers must report and pay unemployment tax to the state unemployment agency. A few states require unemployment tax withholding.

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OSHA Regulations

Per OSHA, employers must adhere to applicable health and safety standards, including providing a safe workplace and reporting injuries and illnesses. 

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State Workers' Compensation Laws

Whether employers must carry workers’ compensation depends on various factors, including the employer’s state, industry, and business structure.

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State Laws on Paid Leave

A few states have mandated paid sick leave, paid family leave, and parental leave for parents who attend school matters concerning their children.   

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HR & Accounting Technology

Human Resource Information Systems

From one unified solution to multiple platforms with integration capabilities to standalone/niche systems, human resource systems come in different forms.

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Small Business Accounting Software

PC Magazine provides annual reviews and side-by-side comparisons of top-tested accounting software for small businesses.

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Enterprise-Level Accounting Software

PC Magazine provides annual reviews and side-by-side comparisons of top-tested accounting software for enterprises.

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Accounting Standards & Practices

Financial Accounting Standards

The Financial Accounting Standards Board  (FASB) sets financial accounting and reporting standards for private, public and nonprofit organizations.

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Financial Accounting Foundation

The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) oversees, administers, finances and appoints the FASB and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).   

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Journal of Accountacy

The Journal of Accountancy is a premier knowledge base featuring topics relating to accounting, auditing, financial reporting, business valuation, and more.  

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