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Tax advantages for health care benefits in 2024
In today’s competitive labor market, employers need every advantage to recruit and retain good people. Consistently over time, the most important benefit to employees is health insurance.

Helping companies address workforce supply and demand challenges
Learn how you and your clients understand how available employer hiring incentives are being offered as strategies to offset some of the rising labor costs for hiring workers.

Critical new employment changes employers should be aware of
Two new employment changes will affect most employers this summer — changes to noncompete agreements and overtime pay. See how these changes may impact you.

Minnesota paid sick and safe leave [MNCPA]
Learn how employers can stay compliant with the new Minnesota Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act.

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule on independent contractor classifications
Employers need to be aware of a change in determining who is an employee vs. independent contractor effective March 11.

Wake-up call for the profession
We can’t continue with business as usual if we want to attract and retain the best talent. Here are five suggestions for addressing these challenges.

Legalized use of cannabis in Minnesota: What employers need to know
The increasing social acceptance and legalization of cannabis across multiple states the past decade has brought with it the need for employers to adjust to fit a new normal.

5 myths about cannabis and the accounting industry
Cannabis is expected to be a $100 billion market in the next few years, with hundreds of thousands of new companies needing accounting and tax help.

Tax implications of remote workers [MNCPA]
Adopting a co-employer model is one way to manage the tax compliance and HR requirements associated with remote workers.

6 ways marketing can help you recruit rock stars
Developing and implementing a solid recruiting/retention marketing strategy takes deliberate effort, but the sooner you start the sooner you will begin to see payoffs.

Minnesota legalizes THC edibles [MNCPA]
Following the July 1, 2022 legalization of unregulated THC products derived from hemp in Minnesota, here are some factors employers should keep in mind.

Minnesota legalizes THC edibles
Following the July 1, 2022 legalization of unregulated THC products derived from hemp in Minnesota, here are some factors employers should keep in mind.

Breaking myths about neurodiversity
Neurodiversity has always been around, but we’re only just starting to realize how we can support neurodiverse people and take advantage of their skills.

Managing your EX (employee experience) [MNCPA]
In a tight labor market, the employee experience becomes a major part of your recruitment and retention strategy. Employers must define and articulate what makes them stand out from other employers.

Is there a silver lining to the Great Resignation?
Here are five recommendations to implement now to help mitigate a stressful busy season due to staff shortages.

Communication drives everything [MNCPA]
Adapt your communication style to meet others where they are.

Business as unusual
Employers are faced with changing traditional ways of addressing employment issues and short-term solutions are not likely to help.

Let’s all do our part! [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

The importance of employer branding [MNCPA]
A dive into what an employer brand is, how to build your employer branding strategy and how to promote it to attract high-quality candidates.

Add HRAs to your client’s tax planning toolkit
With a wage war in many sectors, what more can employers provide to tip the balance for staff retention?

In the season of thanks, here are mine [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Ready to be a healthier human? [MNCPA]
Prioritize yourself so you can unleash your leadership potential.

An overview of Medicare and its application to choice-of-entity planning considerations [MNCPA]
With new businesses forming in record numbers, the choice of entity decision-making process should consider Medicare in addition to all other factors.

Don’t be scared! Renew and report before Dec. 31 [MNCPA]
Make no bones about it, Dec. 31 is your deadline for renewing and reporting to the BOA. Miss it and you’re out of compliance.

How to prevent turnover when introducing your ‘new normal’ [MNCPA]
It’s time to prepare for a long-anticipated but more gradual shift to the workplace of the future.

Should employers require a mandate to vaccinate?
President Joe Biden last week unveiled new vaccination requirements that are expected to have major repercussions for employers.

CPA status options: Can I? Should I? How do I? [MNCPA]
Whether you’re changing your CPA status from inactive to active or vice versa, the most important part is getting the answer right.

Get ahead of the ‘great resignation’ [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

An underused business succession tool: The WOC
A worker-owned cooperative is a business enterprise jointly owned and controlled by its workers under a participative governance model, with each member having one vote.

How can you take constructive action understanding Minnesota Nice, diversity, equity and inclusion? [MNCPA]
What steps can you take regarding niceness at work? This article provides you with insights to help you be further educated and action items to help you going forward.

Considerations for financing ESOPs — a banking perspective
Owners and trusted advisers should review items like motivation, finances, culture, legacy, community impact, tax and bank issues.

As organizations move back to work, what does ‘the new normal’ look like? [MNCPA]
The pandemic required employers to rethink office and work arrangements. Employers are also were faced with demographic, economic, cultural and technological changes.

Can we have the best of both worlds? [MNCPA]
Hybrid work may be a win-win for employees and employers.

The FAQs of an ESOP
An ESOP might be an appealing option for your business or for a client. Find out more.

American Rescue Plan and employee-related issues
On March 12, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was signed into law creating a $1.9 trillion stimulus package to address continuing needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acknowledging the good in challenging times [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Does your employee handbook create an employee contract?
How a recent court case sheds a light on paying out PTO.

COVID-19 relief bill highlights
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133) recently passed and was signed into law. While details are still emerging, here are some key areas for employers to be aware of.

Advancement of women in public accounting [MNCPA]
Women continue to be underrepresented in the leadership of public accounting firms and are not progressing to the top of the profession at the same rate as their male counterparts. 

Staff connectivity ideas in the age of COVID-19 [MNCPA]
As many CPAs will share, having time to connect with your peers and refresh is a pillar as important to the process as the W-2 and a direct line to an IRS advocate.

7 common issues plaguing employee benefit plans [MNCPA]
To help you better understand the issues that often plague employee benefit plans, here are the most common errors we encountered during this past audit season.

Reminders for voting in Minnesota
With Election Day nearly upon us, there are many rules to remember. No, not only for voters ourselves, but also in terms of employees and employers.

Business interruption insurance: What does it cover, and should I purchase it for my business? [MNCPA]
Does a pandemic displacing millions of workers and thousands of businesses fall under business interruption insurance? Read on.

Business Perspective: Salo [MNCPA]
Crises are nothing new for career consultants. After all, organizations often bring in consultants when they have big, hairy, complicated problems to solve and little time to solve them.

Critical considerations for selecting and implementing an ERP platform [MNCPA]
As organizations seek to improve operations and increase efficiency, many are considering implementing or replacing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system — and for good reasons.

Home or office: Managing employee stress [MNCPA]
The new normal may be anything but normal, and the playbook remains to be written.

Dealing with return-to-work stress
As more workers transition back to the office, what can organizations do to plan for a safe, comfortable transition?

The value of neurodiversity
Neurodiversity is a term that recognizes certain individuals' brains function differently and includes people on the autism spectrum, as well as those with dyslexia or ADHD, among other conditions.

Getting back to the office during the COVID-19 pandemic
For most employees, the future is not circling a “return-to-work” situation, but rather a return-to-the office one. This produces a variety of emotional reactions, ranging from relief and eagerness to see your peers in the flesh, to concern about contracting COVID-19 and how restrictive the office setting may be.

Business Perspective: ADP [MNCPA]
Many business owners were caught by surprise when the calendar flipped to 2020. Legislation effective Jan. 1 meant that more than half of U.S. states have now increased their minimum wage.

COVID-19, disaster planning guidance for employers [MNCPA]
Whether for the COVID-19 pandemic or a future disaster, make sure your office has a plan in place to keep operations going.

Improvement seen in latest employee benefit plan audits [MNCPA]
The MNCPA Employee Benefit Plan Task Force last year received 25 reports consisting of 401(k), 403(b), defined benefit, and health and welfare plans for both single and multi-employer plans.

Adapting your firm in a time of a pandemic
Here are 10 actions your firm can take in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Making teleworking work in a time of crisis
With the spread of COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, many employers who have not previously implemented telecommuting/work from home (WFH) arrangements, are being forced to offer WFH arrangements.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidance for employers
How should your office leaders prepare for and respond to a potential pandemic affecting the workplace?

In a political world, what topics can be banned in the office?
Given the current highly charged political environment, employers and employees alike may also be wondering: What, if any, political and other conversations in the workplace is acceptable or appropriate?

Tis the season, but watch out for the Grinch at holiday parties
Many organizations are planning holiday parties — onsite and offsite — to thank employees for their hard work, celebrate the season and build employee morale. Not to be a Scrooge, but there are key issues to be aware of to avoid potential litigation and employee relation issues.

EEOC not seeking renewal of EEO-1 pay data collection, but current data collection requirements intact
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on Sept. 12, 2019, that it is not seeking renewed approval to collect compensation data after its first and only reporting period,

Keys to workplace happiness
Happiness at work is something nearly everyone wants, but it can be challenging to achieve.

3 ways new employee surveys can improve retention
Here are three ways that a new employee survey can support and even improve retention. Make sure to ask the right questions and analyze the results for action.

What to know about FLSA changes
On Sept. 24, the DOL announced its final rule on raising the salary threshold needed to satisfy the executive, administrative and professional exemptions to the FLSA.

Top four human resource risk factors: Address these issues before they're bigger issues
All organizations face risk, regardless of size or industry. Addressing the risk involves identification, prevention, avoidance, mitigation and risk shifting through training, insurance and ongoing inspection of systems and property.

Employee expense reimbursements: Legitimate or fraudulent?
Expense reimbursement schemes fall within a subset of fraudulent disbursements underneath the "asset misappropriation" umbrella. So, what exactly are expense reimbursement schemes, how do they occur, which type of organization is most vulnerable, and most importantly, what are the best practices organizations can adopt to reduce their risk of these fraud schemes?

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule on independent contractor classifications [MNCPA]
Employers should be aware of a recent change, effective March 11, in determining who is considered an employee versus who qualifies as an independent contractor.

MNCPA Perspectives blog posts

New Minnesota law requires salary ranges for job postings
A new Minnesota law going into effect Jan. 1, 2025, will require employers that employ 30 or more employees at one or more sites in Minnesota to post salary ranges...

HR resources for new leave laws
Critical compliance changes are in store for employers thanks to new and revised leave laws at both the state and federal level...

The ins and outs of Election Day
I served as an election judge in 2016. It was a fascinating opportunity to learn more about the rules of voting in Minnesota. But even for those of us who are more involved...

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