SDP Client Spotlight: Middle Tree
Middle Tree
For this month's Client Spotlight, we sat down with Patricia Deehring, Deputy Director and CFO of Middle Tree.
Click here for the organization's inspiring story of making a difference in our community, plus a special invitation for the summer!
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Cal OSHA Updates
Even though CA has not yet adopted its own state rule, affected employers are advised to comply with federal OSHA's directive to provide Form 300A data covering calendar year 2017 after OSHA's latest trade release.
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Southland Data Processing's Payroll &  HR Newsletter
How To Lower Labor Costs
3 Ways To Reduce Labor Costs 

While labor expenses aren't usually something employers can scrap altogether, we have yet to encounter a business that cannot find ways to reduce them. Lowering labor costs provides an immediate monetary benefit, so it's easy to measure the ROI, and it's not as difficult as you may think!

Because so many different factors contribute to your total labor expense, you can target the ones that make sense for your business and still achieve lower costs overall. Read on for three of the most common reasons your labor costs may be too high, and what you can do to get those numbers down! 

1. You're paying employees for time not worked.

Study after study reveals how widespread this type of employee theft actually is. "Buddy Punching" occurs when an employee has their co-worker clock in for them. If you're using a self-reporting system, it's even easier for employees to fudge the numbers and round their punch times. Though 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there may not seem like much, these discrepancies can add up to thousands of dollars paid out each year for time not worked... Read More

2. You're paying for unnecessary overtime.

If you don't have a well-defined plan for managing overtime, it may be eating up a larger than necessary percentage of your labor costs. With just a few simple changes, you can lower the amount of overtime your staff works. This has a greater impact than reducing regular-pay employee hours because of the time-and-a-half compensation of overtime hours... Our Tips for Decreasing Overtime

3. Your processes aren't as efficient as they could be... And you're paying for it.

If you haven't brushed up on your knowledge of current HR and payroll processes in a while, it may be time to take another look at that area of your business. Tasks like manual data entry and really anything that's done on paper (e.g. time cards, handwritten reports) are almost guaranteed to be taking longer than they should be, eating up your employees' valuable time... Click to read the full article here!

2018 Women's Leadership Conference: The Power of You
  EWI Women_s Leadership Conference Invitation
You are cordially invited to EWI Pomona Valley's 2018 Women's Leadership Conference! Come spend the day connecting with inspirational women from all around Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. With leading, nationally-known speakers and thought leaders, reserve your spot today to receive great motivation and inspiration!   Learn More
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Fraud Prevention in the Workplace
Cyber Fraud
It's all around us and it's everyone's worst financial fear: fraud. According to the ACFE, the median loss caused by fraud in 2014 was $145,000, with 22% of those cases reporting losses of at least $1 million. Learn the different types of fraud and make sure your business is protected!  Read More
Ralph Caponong on Financial Wellness
Path to Financial Wellness
In honor of SDP's Financial Wellness Month, our Director of Client Fulfillment Ralph Caponong is sharing about his own journey to financial wellness, plus his best advice for what he would do differently (read: better!) if he could do it all again.   Read More
401(k) Plans: What You Need to Know
401(k) plans are employer-sponsored savings plans that provide employees with valuable tax breaks for investing a portion of their paycheck to save for retirement. Here we're talking about different types of 401(k) plans, how much to contribute, and new developments to add value for your employees. Read More
How Paid Leave Policies Can Help Small 
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The US is alone among industrialized countries in not maintaining any federal paid leave policies. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has provisions for companies with 50+ employees to provide unpaid time off, but what does that mean for small businesses?  Read More

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