Why the New “Holiday” Tax Deferral Might Not be a Good Plan for Your Employees or Company

The IRS on 8/28/2020 issued guidance (PDF) implementing the Presidential Memorandum to  IR-2020-195 allowing employers to defer withholding and payment of the employee’s portion of the Social Security tax if the employee’s wages are below a certain amount (less than $4,000 during a bi-weekly pay period). They are dubbing this as a payroll tax “holiday,” but it is… Read More »

Should Employers Allow Employees to Work From Home After the Pandemic Ends?

Our daily lives have changed dramatically since the pandemic started. Whether you have been working exclusively at home or go into the office on an alternating schedule, we’ve now been given the luxury of working from home. While the conditions of working from home may not be ideal, kids being home and the looming threat… Read More »

Hurricanes AND the Pandemic, You have got to be Kidding Me?

Our uninvited guests Marco and Laura are quickly approaching. What steps should you be taking to prepare your business now, especially in the midst of the Covid pandemic? No amount of hand sanitizer can stop a hurricane-as we all know. While a business can’t control where a storm hits or how damaging it will be,… Read More »

Training New Employees During The Pandemic

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There are many challenges we are facing during this pandemic and training new hires remotely is one of them. Your current employees have a head start on working remotely as they are accustomed and trained in their position so it is easier for them to transition to working from home. However, new hires do not… Read More »

How to Support Employee’s Mental Health During COVID-19

How to Support Employee’s Mental Health During COVID-19

Our lives have been flipped upside down as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Some people are predisposed to having depression or other mental health issues and quarantine has exacerbated this trait. While employers are unable to explicitly ask about the mental health of their employees, they are allowed to support their peers. Here are… Read More »

HR Is Becoming Essential- And Should Stay Essential

HR has always been an integral part of any organization, but it’s worth has only been appreciated now during the pandemic. The people working in HR have had to understand ever changing COVID-19 policies while protecting employee’s health and privacy. Human resource professionals are now on speed dial to help guide their organization through the… Read More »

Confused about the revised IRS Form 941?

Form 941

For many large or small businesses running payroll and preparing the quarterly Form 941’s (Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return) are not issues as the payroll programs that are used (Quickbooks, ADP, Paychex, etc.) automatically make the calculations that properly flow to the 941 forms onto the required line items. The new changes to Form 941… Read More »

What To Do When An Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

Medical Care

With the number of cases rising, it is inevitable that one of your employees will test positive for COVID-19. This is a scary and tricky thing to handle correctly, so we have prepared a guideline of what to do when this happens. This is not a legal opinion, please refer to your own city and… Read More »

How To Successfully Re-Open Your Office During The Pandemic

Reopening your office safely

As Governors are pushing for states to re-open, offices are getting ready to return to normal. However, it seems that there is going to be a new normal as the pandemic has changed our daily lives. Many changes will be implemented to promote social distancing and limit the spread of the virus. Here are the… Read More »

Safe Hiring – 8 Tips to Improve your Remote Hiring Processes

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We polled of Human Resources Professionals to find their best new norm hiring solutions. We asked HR what has worked to make you successful and effective as you interview and hire during the Covid-19 pandemic?  So here it is… 8 simple tools and ideas that you can easily implement today. Since this is our new… Read More »

COVID-19 Update

Agency 8 is committed to giving employers and job seekers the resources they need to succeed during the pandemic. Our facility is stocked with masks, gloves, and other PPEs to keep clients and employees safe, as well as having an open air and virtual interview options to abide by social distancing standards. Agency 8 remains open and operational to help support you through this crisis. We have implemented many health safety protocols, such as over 50% of our staff is working remotely and maintaining social distancing for those in the office, to keep our employees, clients, and the public safe. Additionally, we are having our clients complete their drug testing at a third-party facility instead of at our office. Agency 8 is here to guide you through the crisis and come out winning. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact team@agency8recruiting.com and we will promptly answer.