Overtime pay: who gets it and who doesn’t?

As a payroll services provider, one question we get asked time and time again is “When is overtime due?” That’s a bigger question than many employers realize.     Nonexempt employees must be paid at least the minimum wage for all hours worked. In Colorado, an overtime premium for hours worked over 40 hours in a […]

Tough times = opportunity for tough people

            Tough times certainly breed tough people. More importantly, tough times always represent opportunity for those who are willing to out-work, out-innovate and out-serve their competition. There is no doubt that the last couple of years have been difficult for business owners. As a payroll company we get both narrow […]

How Do You Avoid Internal Fraud?

When financial times are tough, employees do things they would not normally consider.  It is uncomfortable to think that your employees might be stealing from you, but it happens every day.  Fraud is increasing nationwide as financial difficulties put the squeeze on workers. At Autopaychecks we frequently have businesses come to us because someone internally […]

Employee handbooks – do I really need to have one?

As we interface with businesses throughout the region, we encounter many businesses that have never developed an Employee handbook.  Let me say up front — if you have an employee, you really need a handbook!  Employee handbooks set expectations and rules for work, conduct, dress, punctuality, language and more at your business.  This is important […]

Advertising: Is it true I can’t afford to do it?

As a business owner you will be pounded and harassed by everyone and their brother who has the “next big advertising thing” to sell you. It is always amazing and they are typically sold by inexperienced sales people who are only thinking about their own commission. That said – businesses have to advertise to survive. […]

Green efforts extend to payroll

The word “green” gets thrown around a lot these days, but few try to define it and fewer still actually do anything about it. Here’s my rather simple definition: Green means being responsible with what we have and with the place we live. If we each do what we can, it will make a huge […]

Why outsourcing payroll makes sense

Change remains a challenge for business owners. Considering outsourcing payroll is no exception. Here are some of the most common reasons business owners and managers choose to outsource payroll. Consistency. As business owners are well aware, “in-house” bookkeepers tend to come and go. When you outsource payroll processing, you give yourself a “safety net.” Of […]

Cell phones costly distractions in the workplace

Technological advances free us up, expand our world … and create all kinds of unintended problems. Cell phones offer a perfect example. It’s hard to imagine doing business — or just getting through the day — without a cell phone. Yet, problems still arise. The other day, my wife and I left our office and […]

Overtime pay: Who gets it and who doesn’t?

As a payroll services provider, one question we get asked time and time again is “When is overtime due?” That’s a bigger question than many employers realize. Nonexempt employees must be paid at least the minimum wage for all hours worked. In Colorado, an overtime premium for hours worked over 40 hours in a single […]

What does six minutes a day cost you? More than you think

Let’s assume the average hand-written time card overstates the time actually worked by six minutes. An employee comes in at 8:03 a.m. and enters 8 a.m. on the time card, then takes an extra three minutes at lunch. No big deal, right? Unless you do some figuring and find that, at six minutes a day, […]