The Payroll Protection Program is back … again!

On June 5th, 2020 a third Payroll Protection Program (PPP) was signed into law. The first PPP ran out of funding after two weeks and the second devoted more money to the program. This third iteration gives employers greater flexibility on how to spend the funds AND how to get those funds forgiven. Here are some key takeaways:   Loan Forgiveness Expansion If you wanted the loan forgiven, the original law gave borrowers 8 weeks to spend […]

Payroll Protection Plan – Loan Forgiveness

It is fair to assume that most small businesses took out a PPP loan with the plan to have the loan forgiven. Many looked at the ambiguous requirements to get the loan forgiveness and concluded that it was too good of a deal to pass up and it was anticipated that forgiveness details would be cleared up by the time small businesses were ready to make the request of lenders. Late on May 15th, 2020 […]

Ask HR: Can a husband-wife team’s pay go to one person?

Dear HR, We employ a husband and wife that work together as a property management team. While they will record their work time separately for record-keeping, they have requested that their total monthly salary and in-kind rents all be paid in the husband’s name. Is this legally permissible?   HR Answer, Cardinal is unable to combine the time reported by both employees into one payment to be made to a single employee each month. Having […]

Ask HR: Can employer deduct for uniforms or tools?

Dear HR, Can an employer deduct for the purchase of uniforms or tools from an employee’s paycheck?   HR Answer: No. Payroll deductions may not be taken for any item required to perform the job. Many states actually require the employer pay the cost of the uniform if the employer requires that an employee wear a uniform, including Oregon and California. The only exception to this rule is the requirement of a “generic uniform” which […]

Ask HR: Hiring Temp help – Can I pay cash?

Dear HR: Our office is moving to a paperless record-keeping system. We could use a couple of people just for a day or two to move our paper file boxes from our storage unit over to our office. My office manager volunteered her husband and teenage son for the job. Since the job is only a day or two, can I just pay them each $50 cash?   HR Answer: An employee is an employee […]

Efficient Time Management

Time is a precious commodity; a commodity that employers always need in abundance, but have difficulty managing efficiently. Even for the most organized business owner, there are never enough hours in the day to complete what’s on the agenda. So the solution is simple; create more available hours.   MORE HOURS IN YOUR DAY Although extending the hours in a day is not possible, you can add more available hours to your day by restructuring […]