Be aware of restrictions when hiring minors this summer

Memorial Day and end of school signify the beginning of the summer season so you may be looking to hire minor employees as temporary help in the coming months.

This can be an excellent solution to filling your vacancies, but be aware of some important regulations pertaining to youth employment.

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Training and permits required for all forklift drivers

Did you know that every employee who operates a forklift at your place of business must be certified to drive a forklift? Did you also know that BCN Services can help with obtaining that licensure?

Powered industrial trucks, more commonly called forklifts, are used in many industries to move materials. They can also raise, lower, or remove large objects or smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates or other containers.

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Should you embrace or ban devices in business meetings?

In the mid 1990’s, cell phones were in a 5-pound bag and could only be used for making phone calls. Laptops had gotten smaller but their capacities were still limited. The World Wide Web was just coming into play and a dial-up internet connection was one of the greatest things since sliced bread. No one had even considered bringing a laptop or cell phone into a meeting.

Flash forward 20 years and not only are adults connected, but most 13-year-olds have an internet-capable device, if not a smart phone. Consider these results from app developer DScout: On average, “people tapped, swiped and clicked a whopping 2,617 times each day.”

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A 5-month checkup on your 2019 business goals

Back in December of last year I wrote a blog about setting goals for 2019. It starts out with “Yes, it is December already. It’s that time of year when you reflect on the challenges your business has achieved, crushed, fallen short of or come close to over the past 12 months…”

Let’s update this to: YES, it is May already. Now is the time to reflect, adjust and take action on where you are with your 2019 goals.

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Draft W-4 for 2020 to be released by May 31

Major changes are coming with the 2020 federal form W-4, the Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. The changes will affect both employers and employees.

Form changes are being made to more accurately reflect the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which took effect January 1, 2018 and modified the tax laws, according to information from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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