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What Are the Benefits of Offering an ESOP?

Nearly all of us have at least heard of Employee Stock Ownership Plans—also known as ESOPs—but far fewer are sure exactly how they work and why organizations would want to offer them.

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Update: Social Security Wage Base Limit Raised to $128,400

The maximum wage base for Social Security tax will be $128,400 in 2018, up from $127,200 in 2017, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) announced. (Note: The original 2018 wage base announced on October 13 was $128,700; this amount was revised by the SSA in late November.)

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401(k) 101: A Benefit for Employers and Employees Alike

In this article, we’ll look at some of the key benefits 401(k)s provide to both employees and employers, as well as some important practical considerations. Many thanks to Arris Murphy, J.D., Contributing Editor to BLR’s The 401(k) Handbook, from which the material for this piece originated.

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Employee or Independent Contractor? Right to Control Is Key

A continuing point of contention in employment law revolves around who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor. The issue seems to come up often in wage and hour cases and workers’ compensation or unemployment claims.

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4 Tips for Your Compensation Planning from the Banking Industry

It’s no secret that the recession of 2007/08 resulted in an array of new regulations, especially in the financial services arena. Banking, especially, became subject to new regulation intended to avoid the circumstances that originally led to the recession. The regulation doesn’t end with your mortgage loan or bank money market account. We spoke with Kathy Smith, President of Bank Compensation Consulting to find out how the industry’s highly regulated environment has led to creative compensation solutions—many of which can apply to any industry.

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Ask the Expert: How Should Gift Cards Be Recorded, Handled by Payroll?

Question: We have a point system for our employees in which we award gift cards. These amounts are updated on the payroll for each employee that is a recipient of these awards. Our question is how we need to file these documents for proper recordkeeping. Can we keep one file with a spreadsheet of names […]

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