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Becky Snedigar

Becky is a payroll specialist with FocusPay Solutions. She manages client payroll portfolios and provides payroll processing and filing.

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Is This Your Situation: Sorting Out Payroll Categories

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Sep 08, 2022

Distinguishing between independent contractors and employees is important for both tax and financial reasons. In order to comply with federal tax laws, you've got to be crystal clear about your workers' status and keep accurate records no matter what. Here's how to distinguish between independent contractors and employees – and why it's important.

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What's the Deal With Health Savings Accounts?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Jul 20, 2022

Health savings accounts are paired with high-deductible health plans for an especially adaptable insurance and savings program. HDHPs have large deductibles that members must meet before receiving coverage. Participants meet those deductibles by contributing their own money to HSAs. The government does not tax these funds as long as they're used to pay for qualified medical expenses.

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Top Benefits of Hiring Outsourced Accounting Services

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Jun 08, 2022

Do you outsource HR and IT but feel squeamish about letting someone else get too close to your numbers? You probably have a fluctuating need for a bookkeeper, an accountant, a controller, and a chief financial officer. You could hire all these people, but outsourcing can provide these services when you need them at significant cost savings.

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What's the Story on DOL Posters for Remote Workers?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Mar 17, 2022

In most offices, someone from HR hangs the relevant Labor Department posters in the company breakroom, and that's that. But in this new remote world, what are the requirements? Send the posters to each employee and tell them they have to hang them in their kitchens? Actually, that's not necessary, but the DOL has published some guidance for companies that are partially or entirely remote.

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Insurers Must Now Cover COVID-19 Test

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Feb 05, 2022

According to a statement on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website, most consumers with private health coverage can go online or to a pharmacy or store, buy a test, and have their health plan pay for it, either upfront or after submitting a claim. "This requirement incentivizes insurers to cover these costs upfront and ensures individuals do not need an order from their health care provider to access these tests for free." The policy took effect on Jan. 15. The full details of the policy are available on the CMS website.

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HR Basics for Nonprofits

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Dec 03, 2021

When you manage a nonprofit, spending money is always an issue. After all, your company is funded by grants and donations, many of which have strings attached. It's your obligation to keep the organization lean and the overhead low. However, the bigger a company gets, the more money it can save by having a centralized department that manages payroll and staffing. It's also a good way to keep employees happy, thereby reducing turnover. So what should you consider as you decide how to add human resources services to your organization?

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Do You Have a Psychologically Safe Workplace?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Sep 08, 2021

The need for innovation and creativity is not going away now that businesses and workplaces are opening up again. Business leaders need to consider how they can continue encouraging these traits as they navigate to a new normal. One way to accomplish this is by ensuring your business is a psychologically safe space where employees can feel free to be themselves, be right or wrong, and present out-of-the-box ideas without feeling threatened or diminished.

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Why Use Time and Attendance Software?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Aug 06, 2021

Documentation is key to wage and hour compliance. Simplify time tracking by automatically calculating hours worked as well as vacation time, holidays, sick days, and overtime. There was a time, not so long ago, when timesheets were filled in manually. Spreadsheets were the next development, but today, managers can choose among a variety of software options that can solve a variety of problems.

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Providing Education Assistance to Employees? Follow These Rules.

Posted by Becky Snedigar on May 17, 2021

Many businesses provide education fringe benefits so their employees can improve their skills and gain additional knowledge. On a tax-free basis, an employee can receive up to $5,250 each year from his or her employer for educational assistance under a “qualified educational assistance program.”

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Failure to Return Company Property: What Are the Payroll Rules?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Mar 22, 2021

It's not uncommon for employers to entrust company property to employees, such as:

  • Office keys.
  • Building entrance badges.
  • Uniforms.
  • Computers/laptops.
  • Cellphones.
  • Vehicles.
  • Job-specific tools or equipment.

If the employee terminates and does not return the property, you may be tempted to hold back their final pay until they return the item.

However, withholding the employee's final paycheck is against the law.

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