5 Tips to Avoid Wage & Hour Mishaps

Pay Non-Exempt Employees for Compensable Time Employers need to pay for employee time spent on tasks and activities important to the employee’s job, even those as simple as turning on their computer or checking email. If the employee is off the clock or away from the office, these functions are still integral to the job, so they need to be …

5 Step Payroll Quickstart Guide

Payroll Quickstart Guide for New Businesses So, you’re opening a business. You chose the brand name, the location, the products & services. You drafted job descriptions & listings. You’ve set up interviews, maybe even chosen a few top candidates to hire. Now what? Before you open and have your new employees on the clock, you better have a handle on …

Household Employees – What You Need to Know

Is your household worker considered your employee? What is a household employee? A household employee is anyone you hired to do household work and that worker is considered an “employee”. The worker is considered an employee if you control what work is done and how the work is done. If they are an employee, it doesn’t matter if they are …

The Grand Bargain Act – What To Expect

Big Changes for MA Employers (and families) On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Baker executed this legislation through a law was termed the “Grand Bargain”. With this, Baker aims to increase Massachusetts minimum wage – and service rates for tipped employees – over the next five years, eliminate special pay on holidays and Sundays, and enact mandatory paid family and …

Massachusetts minimum wage: what’s changing?

We’ve all heard the words “minimum wage” before, right? What exactly does this mean – and why is it changing in our state (Massachusetts)? For those who don’t know, minimum wage is the lowest pay rate an employer can legally pay their workers/employees; the term “service rate” refers to the minimum cash wage paid to tipped employees such as restaurant …

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the first Ritz blog! We’re so excited to be here. Twenty-five years ago Ritz Payroll began offering payroll processing solutions to local businesses in the North Shore Massachusetts area. We are always happy to help our clients navigate the sometimes-complicated payroll channels and guide them towards compliance. This blog will be no different! Our blog will …