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Coffee Break CertiPay HR Ninjas Webinar: #7 Date: April 1, 2021 Rachel Comella’s HR career spans 20 plus years with experience in many corporate entities. Rachel holds a Master’s Certification in Employment Law from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Speaking from the University of South Florida. She has been a member of SHRM and HR Tampa since 2001. Certipay has been her home base for the last 5 years where she has provided high level HR consulting to C-Suite, Executive and Senior level managers across the country. She has...

The Impact of Workplace Harassment Cases and How to Avoid Them

Workplace harassment cases cost companies $300 million in public penalties last year. Do you know how to avoid contributing to that number?  The fast facts Harassment is defined as unwelcome behavior that is repetitive and severe in nature. 26 states now have training requirements to avoid harassment cases. One of the biggest mistakes companies like yours can make is not fully understanding your obligation to provide a safe working environment for your employees.  What you should do to avoid workplace harassment cases:...

How to Avoid FLSA Audits

According to the Department of Labor, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.” When it comes to FLSA audits, the government can examine applicable wage and hour issues and determine whether or not you’re compliant. Of course, you’ll want to avoid an FLSA audit as best as you can. We’re here to help. How to avoid FLSA audits: Ensure your employees are classified correctly.  Your job...

Payroll for Small Businesses: How CertiPay Online Can Help

If you’re looking for a solution for payroll for small businesses, we’re here to help through our exclusive small business product: CertiPay Online.  What is it?  CertiPay Online is an online software that streamlines payroll processes for small businesses. With CertiPay Online, small businesses get step-by-step instructions for setting up payroll as well as the ability to integrate our many other features such as workers comp and insurance.  Who is it for? CertiPay Online is for accountants, bookkeepers, and business owne...

ARPA Update

Coffee Break CertiPay HR Ninjas Webinar: #6 Date: March 18, 2021 Rachel Comella’s HR career spans 20 plus years with experience in many corporate entities. Rachel holds a Master’s Certification in Employment Law from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Speaking from the University of South Florida. She has been a member of SHRM and HR Tampa since 2001. Certipay has been her home base for the last 5 years where she has provided high level HR consulting to C-Suite, Executive and Senior level managers across the country. She ha...

2021 ERC Employee Retention Credit

Coffee Break CertiPay HR Ninjas Webinar: #5 Date: March 8, 2021 Rachel Comella’s HR career spans 20 plus years with experience in many corporate entities. Rachel holds a Master’s Certification in Employment Law from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Speaking from the University of South Florida. She has been a member of SHRM and HR Tampa since 2001. Certipay has been her home base for the last 5 years where she has provided high level HR consulting to C-Suite, Executive and Senior level managers across the country. She has...

How to Handle the COVID Vaccine in Your Business

One of the most common HR questions circulating recently is whether or not employers are allowed to require COVID vaccinations in their businesses. The short answer is, yes, you are allowed to require a vaccination, but this does come with some risks and things to consider. It also might be a better business decision to recommend vs. require. Things to consider when it comes to the COVID vaccine and your business: General issues: The political nature of the COVID vaccine makes it more difficult to implement.  The COVID Vaccines on the market are not fully appr...

How to Respond to an Unemployment Scam

We recently covered the types of unemployment scams to be aware of and tips for preparing your employees for them. While every employer hopes to avoid being victims to any type of scam, the reality is that it can happen. However, a timely and well-planned response can minimize damage and sometimes even prevent future fraudulent activity after a scam attempt does occur.  According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), you should respond to a scam attempt by following these steps: Alert your workforce Alert your employees that a scam has taken place and remind them o...

FFCRA for Small Business Owners

The FFCRA was expanded under the new stimulus package after originally ending in 2020. If you’re a small business owner, you may benefit from these credits.  Here’s what you need to know about the FFCRA updates:  Paid leave for COVID reasons has been extended through March 31, 2021.  The FFCRA paid leave is now optional. You can still receive tax credits on your 941 for any of those wages paid through the first quarter. This is a continuation of the same bank of hours. That means that employees have a total of 80 hours to use. For example, if...

Types of Unemployment Scams to Watch Out For

The presence of unemployment-related fraud claims has grown in the wake of the COVID pandemic and include both fraudulent claims and imposter claims. But by being aware of the types of frauds, your organization can help minimize the results.  Unemployment-related scams can happen to a current or former employee—regardless of an employee’s role at an organization. While scams were also present pre-coronavirus, current unemployment scams primarily fall under the following categories: Fraudulent unemployment benefit claims These are false claims filed using the personal information...

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