MA PFML requirements

All Massachusetts employers must distribute information to their employees and display a workplace poster that explains Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML). PFML workforce notifications and posters have been updated to reflect the 2023 maximum benefit amount and contribution rates.  Download the poster. For more information about PFML click here.

January 20th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Closing your business for good?

What business owners need to do when closing their doors for good There are a few things business owners need to do before they close their business. Of course, they need to fulfill their federal tax responsibilities. It’s also important to notify the IRS of their plans. Business owners must take these steps when closing [...]

January 6th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Minimum wage increases for 2023

The following wage and hour changes will take effect on January 1, 2023. Massachusetts increases minimum wage and ends premium pay Minimum wage The Massachusetts minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour. The minimum base wage for tipped employees will increase to $6.75 per hour. Premium pay fully phased out The mandatory premium pay rate for hours [...]

December 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|

We now offer 401(k) plans!

We’ve partnered with Human Interest, a 401(k) provider for small and medium-sized businesses, to add an affordable retirement plan to your benefit offering. Human Interest helps to reduce the burden of managing a 401(k) plan with easy setup and administration, recordkeeping, and streamlined onboarding for employees.  With Human Interest you’ll receive: Access to affordable investment [...]

December 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Massachusetts prohibits hairstyle discrimination

Massachusetts has joined the growing list of states to prohibit discrimination based on traits associated with race, including hairstyle. Beginning October 24, 2022, the state’s employment discrimination law, which applies to employers with six or more employees, will define race to include traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair [...]

December 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Aspiring entrepreneurs learn the basics of setting up a business

Aspiring entrepreneurs: learn the basics of setting up a business IRS Tax Tip 2022-128, August 22, 2022 New entrepreneurs can start out on the right foot by making sure they understand the tax responsibilities of running a business. The process can seem daunting, but IRS.gov has resources to help new business owners. Here are a [...]

September 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Looking for the best wording for employee notifications?

Federal, state, or local laws might require you to send notices to employees regarding their pay. Or, you might voluntarily decide to beef up communications. Before you spend time searching for just the right words, find out whether the government entity has already done the work for you. For example, in Notice 2021-53, the IRS [...]

April 15th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Pitfalls in scheduling work shifts

When scheduling workers for shifts, there are plenty of tricky legal areas, such as accommodating religious beliefs. Many state and local laws now require predictive scheduling for employees in certain industries and positions. Under these laws, employers can't change workers' shifts at the last minute without paying them for their time, sometimes at a premium. [...]

November 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Have you checked our social media lately?

We carefully curate articles of interest to small businesses and share them every weekday on Facebook. Here are some examples of recent topics: Can you require employees to be vaccinated? Can you fire employees who are not vaccinated?How to retain employees with the "great resignation"Is your business taking over your life?Effective and creative ways to [...]

October 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Juneteenth: how newest federal holiday affects you

Your company may or may not have celebrated Juneteenth this year, but now that it's a federal holiday, it'll likely impact your payroll process going forward. President Biden signed legislation on June 17, 2021, making Juneteenth (June 19) a legal public holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. Here's what that means [...]

October 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|