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Businesses throughout the United States have been forced to navigate an array of unprecedented challenges throughout the past few years. As we look towards the approaching new year, what can we expect to see in 2023? On this episode of Paychex THRIVE, CNN reporter, Matt Egan, talks with Gene Marks about the economic outlook of 2023. Hear what he had to say about consumer spending, a possible recession, interest rates, inflation, and more. Topics Include: 00:49 – Introduction to Matt Egan 01:49 – What to expect for the holiday season 02:44 – Consumer spending in today’s economy 04:35 – Buy now, pay later trend 08:00 – Are we headed into a recession 11:32 – The challenges within the tech sector 14:16 – State of the housing and construction industry 17:08 – The rise in interest rates 19:03 – Thoughts on inflation in 2023 23:38 – Expected news on small businesses in 2023 26:22 – A positive outlook for next year 28:00 – Wrap up Hear more about the impact of rising inflation at www.paychex.com/worx/podcasts/business/economy-and-rising-inflation. Get some tips on how to offset the current financial landscape at www.paychex.com/worx/podcasts/business/interest-rates-rising-think-long-term-loans-money-management. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
In this episode of the Week in Review, Gene Marks says he thinks the lame duck Congress might actually move the needle on retirement and tax legislation – and that’s a benefit to businesses. The many bills on retirement could become SECURE Act 2.0, leading to additional tax credits and incentives. Plus, extending the research and development tax credit is on the table. Listen to the podcast. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
On this episode of Paychex THRIVE, host Gene Marks is talking with Catherine Davie, Head of Social Impact of LegalZoom. Listen in as she talks about what LegalZoom is doing on the social impact side of the business, including their NBA and WNBA partnerships, their Fast Break for Small Business grant program, and how they are looking to help women and other underrepresented groups succeed as both entrepreneurs and business owners. Topics Include: 00:17 – An introduction to Catherine Davie 02:48 – An introduction to LegalZoom 04:07 – Social impact side of LegalZoom 05:33 – NBA and WNBA partnership 06:58 –Fast Break for Small Business grant program eligibility 08:56 – Women and the Boss Survey takeaways 10:27 – Female entrepreneurship in 2022 12:10 – Biases in funding for women-owned businesses 15:03 – The “risk” of investing in women-owned businesses 17:20 – Women in technology and engineering 21:07 – The success of women entrepreneurs in the future Get more information on different types of financing for small businesses at www.paychex.com/articles/finance/securing-small-business-financing. Understand the current tech environment for women at www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/women-in-tech. Read more about combating unconscious bias in the workplace at www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/unconscious-bias. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
Robotics and automation are becoming increasingly important in our everyday life. The same goes for businesses, including those in the restaurant industry. CEO of Miso Robotics, Mike Bell, is talking with host, Gene Marks, about the how his company is bringing robotic solutions to an industry that is struggling to fill positions – the restaurant industry. Listen in as Bell talks about the customization of robotic solutions, the impact on workers, and how other industries are using similar technology. Topics Include: 00:19 – An introduction to Miso Robotics 03:49 – The interest from restaurants 06:07 – How Miso customizes across brands 07:56 – Issues to be aware of with robotic solutions 10:15 – Maintenance of robotic solutions 12:37 – Independent vs. chain restaurants 15:28 – The impact of robotic solutions on workers 20:44 – Robotics in other industries 22:22 – What’s next for Miso Robotics 23:07 – Wrap up Have a guest or topic you’d like to suggest for the show? Submit your ideas here. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
With inflation nearing 8 percent and some industries reporting costs for materials much higher than that, the thought that a new yet divided Congress might have a tough time fixing this. However, Gene Marks points out that people’s spending habits don’t match the doom-and-gloom economy that many say the country is in. He shares his insights in this week’s podcast. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
As the economy begins to slow down, many companies may be forced to turn to employee layoffs, now and in the future. Hear from Lenny Feigel, labor and employment attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP, about what you need to consider. Find out why it’s so important to plan, how to select where your layoffs are going, what companies are offering in terms of separation and severance pay, and much more. Topics Include: 00:19 – Introduction to attorney Lenny Feigel 02:03 – Having a good relationship with a labor attorney 02:53 – The importance of planning when considering layoffs 05:04 – Selecting where layoffs are going 06:47 – What to consider to avoid claims of discrimination 09:11 – Should layoffs be based on performance reviews? 10:28 – What companies are offering in separation and severance 13:20 – Strategy for layoff timing: do it immediately or give time? 13:42 – The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act 15:50 – The importance of a separation agreement 19:30 – Big takeaways 20:39 – Communicating with employees that are being retained Have a guest or topic you’d like to suggest for the show? Submit your ideas here. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
We won’t know the makeup of Congress for another month following the mid-term elections, but a slim majority for either party primarily will result in few big pieces of bi-partisan legislation. Gene Marks takes a look at a handful of potential outcomes on where the government will spend its money, who might benefit, and some other issues such that will impact businesses. Listen to the podcast. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
The Equal Employee Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the primary federal agency in charge of enforcing the employment discrimination laws in the United States. On this episode, Gene Marks is talking with Vice Chair of the EEOC, Jocelyn Samuels, about what small businesses need to know about the agency, including the importance of understanding discrimination laws, how being an inclusive workplace is good for business, why you should have anti-harassment policies in place, and much more. Topics Include: 00:14 – Introducing Jocelyn Samuels 00:51 – Introduction to the EEOC 02:09 – Why is the EEOC important to employers? 05:25 – Inclusive workplaces are good for business 07:13 – Hot topics employers should be aware of 08:04 – Businesses that are exempt 10:05 – Having anti-harassment policies in place 11:28 – Being aware of retaliation 13:00 – Discrimination and technology 16:56 – AI-based software and biases 21:36 – How employees can report to the EEOC 27:37 – The impact of remote work on discrimination 32:59 – The EEOC is there to provide support 35:35 – Wrap up Read more about harassment in the workplace at www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/understanding-harassment-in-the-workplace. Learn about some recent resources the EEOC has created related to sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination at www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/eeoc-resources-sexual-orientation-discrimination. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
We’re kicking off Season 4 of Paychex THRIVE, a Business Podcast, with Congressman Ben Cline from the sixth congressional district in Virginia. Listen in as host Gene Marks talks with Rep. Cline about his proposed legislation, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act, which is designed to help small businesses understand and comply with new regulations. Hear what inspired this bill, where the legislation currently stands, and how Congressman Cline hopes to help small businesses in the future. Topics Include: 00:15 – Introduction to Congressman Cline 00:36 – The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act 03:16 – What inspired this bill? 05:30 – Where does the legislation stand? 09:25 – What will Congressman Cline do for small businesses? Read more about the regulatory issues facing businesses at www.paychex.com/newsroom/news-releases/compliance-topics-related-covid-19-pandemic-top-regulatory-issues-facing. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
With the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent proposed new rule, businesses might have to make some adjustments if independent contractors are reclassified. It could change how your business pays taxes, as well as increase your costs if these individuals must be treated as employees. Listen to our THRIVE Week in Review with Gene Marks podcast. Learn more about tax forms for independent contractors at www.paychex.com/articles/payroll-taxes/filing-taxes-for-independent-contractors DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
Bonus episode: Cybersecurity – it’s not just for big businesses. In fact, small businesses are often prime targets for cyber-attacks. On this episode of THRIVE, a Paychex Business Podcast, you’ll hear from Kristin Harper, Manager of Operations Security at Paychex, as she talks to Gene Marks about what you should know and what you can do to protect your company from cyber criminals. Topics Include: 00:19 – Meet Kristin Harper 00:58 – Kristin’s job as Manager of Operations Security 02:49 – Cybersecurity in small business 04:39 – User education to prevent cyber crime 06:05 – What is phishing? 06:57 – Smishing: SMS phishing 09:54 – The rise of social engineering 10:46 – The impact of malware 11:59 – What to do to lower the risk of an attack 14:06 – Cybersecurity and remote employees 15:36 – Securing your home network and your software 17:38 – Should you be using security software? 19:30 – Cyber insurance Find out more about cyber security as it relates to business at www.paychex.com/articles/management/cyber-security-and-a-secure-business. Read more about the importance of cyber liability insurance at www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/cyber-liability-insurance-why-your-business-needs-it. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
The unemployment rate is at a 50-year low but there are still more than 10 million open jobs. That’s going to create competition for talent. Use every resource available, including the federally funded Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which can either reduce your income tax or payroll tax if you hire certain types of candidates such as military veterans or the long-term unemployed, to name a few. Host Gene Marks details some of the perks of WOTC in this week’s episode. Listen to the podcast. Other resources Instructions on Certification Process for WOTC DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
With projected increases expected for workplace health plans, you have options to help manage the costs; health savings accounts, health reimbursement accounts or level-funded plans. Your business can even contribute more to employee health insurance costs and take a deduction. Gene Marks provides some insights that can help your business. Listen to the podcast Other resources HRA vs. HSA: Which is better to Offer Employees DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, host Gene Marks shares some insights on how businesses across the country are not immune to natural disasters and should consider a business continuity plan. Having a chain of communication and a way to pay your employees on time are just two ways to get your operations up and running quickly in the event of interruption. Listen to the podcast. Other Resources: usa.gov: Contains website links to helpful information (funding, health and safety, and more) sba.gov: Eligible areas and the types of available disaster loans irs.gov: Impacted Florida businesses qualify for extended tax deadlines DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
As we close out season 3 of THRIVE, Gene Marks talks with Jeremy Bilsky, Senior Director and General Manager of Advance Partners about the current state of the staffing industry and how finding good talent is harder than ever before. Hear what Jeremy had to say about topics such as temp-to-hire versus direct hire, redefining employment, the impact of remote work on staffing, and much more. Topics Include: 00:19 – An introduction to Advance Partners 03:14 – Staffing temp-to-hire vs. Direct hire 06:10 – Staffing independent contractors 07:55 – Redefining employment 12:00 – How staffing firms have done this year 15:57 – The impact of remote work on the staffing industry 19:05 – What Jeremy has learned over the past 19 years 24:23 – Jeremy’s insights on negative cash flow 27:52 – How the company provides financing 32:19 – The process for bringing on workers 33:20 – The importance of average days to pay 40:34 – The impact of rising interest rates 45:57 – Advice for those in the service industry Have a guest or topic you’d like to suggest for the show? Submit your ideas here. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
With interest rates going up another 75 basis points, and another increase expected, businesses are going to find loans and financing more expensive to secure. Gene Marks offers a few tips, including paying down credit card debt or looking to high-yield checking or money market accounts to let your money work for the business in the short term. Listen to the podcast. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
With recently passed legislation, California is looking to improve regulations and rules for the fast-food industry. That’s why when it comes to policy changes in the fast-food industry, the state of California is turning to employees, employers, and other key stakeholders. Listen in as David Madland, Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor at American Worker Project for the Center for American Progress, talks with host Gene Marks about how this new legislation is working to raise standards in the industry, who will be the key stakeholders providing their voices on policy, how it will impact labor and labor costs, and so much more. Topics Include: 00:20 – The Center for American Progress 01:41 – An introduction to David Madland 02:30 – New legislation in California for fast food industry 04:13 – The sectoral council’s impact on setting policy 05:20 – Providing stakeholders with a voice 06:49 – Who is a part of this committee? 08:10 – What are the concerns surrounding this legislation? 09:39 – Raising standards in the fast-food industry 12:55 – The possible impact on labor and labor costs 17:03 – Targeting big businesses or small businesses? 19:12 – Spillover effect to other industries? 22:16 – Outside the United States Hear more about this new legislation out of California and its impact on the fast food industry.    
With the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasting a 16 percent increase in energy costs in 2023 – higher for some regions such as New York state that could see a 124% increase – businesses should control what they can. Gene Marks offers a handful of tips, some as simple as changing light bulbs, to help businesses prepare. Listen to the podcast. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
Despite the Great Resignation, startup businesses are booming. Why is this? Stephanie Gorski, Strategy Managing Director/Partner at Accenture has some thoughts. Listen in as she talks with host Gene Marks about the recent study from Accenture, the changing business owner demographic, and more. Topics Include: 00:20 – An introduction to Stephanie Gorski 01:37 – Small businesses are not enterprise businesses 05:28 – Accenture’s study on startups 07:54 – How startups came to be during COVID 10:33 – Giving your employees the opportunity to pursue passions 13:35 – Would COVID have had the same impact 10 years ago 15:07 – What factors hold people back from starting up businesses           17:18 – The unglamorous side of starting up a business 18:27 – How this data will be helpful to businesses 20:08 – The changing demographic of new business owners 22:34 – Stephanie Gorski’s passion Thinking about starting a business? Learn what you need to know before you do at www.paychex.com/articles/startup/things-to-know-starting-business. Use this start-up guide to play your new business. www.paychex.com/secure/whitepapers/plan-your-business. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
After a survey revealed that 54 percent of small businesses expect their revenue to increase in 2023 despite inflation, host Gene Marks takes a look at ways to accomplish this. He offers several tips on using a Customer Relationship Management system, communicating with customers, and focusing on forecasting. Listen to the podcast. DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.
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