Financial Advisory Blog

Armanino’s Financial Advisory blog is your source for thought leadership around cloud ERP and accounting solutions and integrations. Supported by the Cloud Accounting Institute and numerous experts in cloud, finance, reporting, integration, compliance, and technology, Armanino’s Financial Advisory blog features must-read content on what’s happening in the finance industry, case studies, white papers, and much more.

May 2, 2019

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help HR

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a prevalent topic in the media right now because it is impacting a wide range of industries and fields, including Human Resources. So how are we going to use AI in HR? Isn’t HR all about the “human” element? Many HR professionals would say that working with people is one of …

May 1, 2019

Countdown for California Employers: Anti-Harassment Training

Starting in 2020, California businesses must comply with new, more extensive anti-harassment training requirements. The new rules also apply to much smaller businesses. The Old Law Since 2005, Assembly Bill 1825 has required California employers with 50 or more employees to provide two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to supervisory employees.  Subsequent laws required …

More Risky Business: New Labor Rules to Watch Out For

Labor statutes change multiple times per year, and states vary in their application of these changes.  This year is no exception. Labor rules changed again in over half the U.S. on January 1, 2019, and there have been additional changes, as well. Here’s a short list of what you may need to update in your …

January 7, 2019

How to Hire Your First Employee

I’m not gonna lie: Hiring your first employee takes a lot of paperwork. But that paperwork, as much as it pains you, is worth doing.  You risk big fines if you misclassify an employee as a freelancer/contractor, for example, or pay someone under the table. So what does hiring require?  There are two main things …

October 26, 2018

Paying Overtime: Face the Facts

Overtime is perhaps the most misunderstood area of payroll statutes, simply because it’s not as straightforward as a rational person would assume.  The requirements are, to any sane business owner, seemingly insane. Noncompliance can cost you. And just because you’re a cool, casual and flexible boss doesn’t mean you’re not at risk. Here are some …

October 9, 2018

Ways to Keep Employees From Jumping Ship in a Hot Job Market

The August unemployment rate was 3.9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and job creation continues to thrive.  There are more job openings than employers can find workers to fill them. So if your employees hadn’t previously been thinking of leaving their positions for another job, they might be now.  Even if they are …

October 7, 2018

Best Practices for Background Checks

Hiring new personnel is a critically important job in any business or organization, and screening job candidates has become an increasingly significant step in the hiring process. As an employer, you should use employment background checks to your best advantage and take steps to avoid putting yourself at risk, particularly when it comes to an …

October 3, 2018

State and City Paid Sick Leave Laws for 2018

Ever since San Francisco led the charge in 2007, many states and cities have followed suit to mandate paid sick leave for employees working within those jurisdictions.  The federal Fair Labor Standards Act does not require employers to provide paid time off benefits, but as states and cities pass their own laws and ordinances, keeping …

September 25, 2018

Why You Really Shouldn’t Pay “Under the Table”

Thinking of paying someone cash or wages off the books? Just don’t. For starters, you can’t take the tax deduction if you don’t have the expense properly documented. And, it’s illegal. These are good reasons for compliance, but many employers are still tempted to ignore the rules. Here are some common excuses for not putting …

August 29, 2018

Why You Probably DO Have to File a State Sales and Use Tax Return

In our Outsourced Finance and Accounting group, we file a lot of what we call “non-income tax” forms.   These are pitfalls for many small businesses, and lots of startups don’t even know that this kind of tax exists.  It’s not easy to understand or know when these taxes are applicable, but you can’t ignore this …

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