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Post or Pay: OSHA 300 Logs are Mandatory for Most

We’re a couple weeks away from a pretty important deadline for business owners:  the federal mandate to post OSHA 300 logs. Failure to post your OSHA 300 log can lead to a hefty penalty of $13,260 per violation. Every year, from February 1 to April 30, almost all companies with ten or more employees must […]

2019 Tax Deadlines Remain Despite Government Shutdown

UPDATE 1/25/19: President Trump announces a deal to end the historic government shutdown. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2019 UPDATE 1/24/19:  News is mounting in Arizona over the local impact of our nation’s government shutdown.  This includes a halting of the E-Verify system  and an estimated $1.5 billion hit every week to the GDP […]

A Trifecta of Talent Joins Focus HR

Focus HR, Inc. is starting the new year with a bang, hiring three highly-skilled team members on the very same day!  January 7, 2019, Sue Foster, Clint Parry, and Adam James joined the Focus family further bolstering our ability to provide superior business support and leadership reinforcement.   HUMAN RESOURCES ~ Sue Foster Sue is rejoining […]

Joining a PEO in 2019 is Good Business. Period.

If you haven’t heard of PEO (Professional Employer Organization) support for small business owners, you’ll want to brush up on it.   It’s highly likely that joining one will be the smartest thing you do in the New Year! A recent report found that PEOs (like Focus HR, Inc.) are seeing employment growth that’s 14-times higher […]

Understanding Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

More and more people think that marijuana is legal in the state of Arizona, but it’s not a black and white issue.  There are shades of grey that could cause problems in the workplace. Cannabis is considered a controlled substance under federal law, but Arizona allows it for medicinal purposes.  You must have a valid […]

Arizona Employees Get a Raise in 2019

A scheduled bump to the minimum wage in Arizona takes effect January 1, 2019, and there’s another payroll increase coming in 2020. The current increase of $.50 will take the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour.   January 1, 2020, there will be an additional increase of $1.00, bringing Arizona’s minimum wage to $12.00 an hour. […]

NEW STUDY: Heart Failure Patients Need the Flu Vaccine

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body” so it’s not too late to get protected. The annual flu season typically runs from October to May, and a new study’s come out saying that the […]

Small Business Survey: Finding Qualified Workers is Still the Biggest Challenge

Washington, D.C. ~ The latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index is out and finding qualified workers remains the biggest challenge for small business owners heading into 2019. After the mid-term elections in November, American business owners were asked about the current business climate and their outlook for the new year.  Nearly one in five say their biggest […]

Why Outsourcing to a PEO is Smart Business

Whether your business is big or small, outsourcing to a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) will save you time and money. There are several reasons to join a PEO like Focus HR, Inc: Timekeeping and Payroll Administration– This task is hardly rocket science but nothing upsets employees more than paycheck errors.  Business owners can trust a […]

Only YOU Can Prevent This Tax Filing Fire

It won’t be long before payroll specialists are mailing W2 forms to employees for the 2018 tax filing deadline.  Unfortunately, without fail, they’ll also hit the same, notorious snag: LOST W2 FORMS SENT TO OUTDATED MAILING ADDRESSES. Anyone who has moved within the last year must update their mailing address if they hope to receive […]

Arizona Businesses Brace for Another Minimum Wage Increase

January 1, 2019, Arizona businesses will see the minimum wage increase to $11.00 per hour. This is a scheduled bump approved by voters in 2016 through The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. The ballot measure gradually increases Arizona’s minimum wage over a period of three years and also requires earned paid sick time for Arizona employees. […]

10 Tips for Workplace Safety

Accidents can happen in any work environment but there are safety measures you can take to make incidents less likely. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA,) 5,190 workers were killed on the job in 2016.  That’s an average of more than 99 a week or more than 14 deaths every day, and one […]

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