Category Archives: Payroll

New State Wage Rates in 2017

The minimum wage saw an increase in a number of states at the start of 2017. Unless otherwise noted, the following minimum wage rates (per hour) went into effect on January 1, 2017:

  • Alaska: $9.80
  • Arizona: $10.00
  • Arkansas: $8.50 for employers with 4 or more employees
  • California: $10.50 for employers with 26 or more employees (for smaller employers, the rate remains $10.00)
  • Colorado: $9.30 ($6.28 for tipped employees)
  • Connecticut: $10.10
  • District of Columbia: $12.50, beginning July 1, 2017 ($3.33 for tipped employees)
  • Florida: $8.10 ($5.08 for tipped employees)
  • Hawaii: $9.25
  • Maine: $9.00, beginning January 7, 2017

2016 Is Almost Here – Payroll Year-End Preparation and Planning for a New Tax Year

NewtekPayrollWith 2015 year-end tax activities under way, it’s time to start gearing up for 2016. Save yourself valuable time and considerable headaches by leaving your payroll challenges to Newtek.

Newtek Payroll offers guaranteed savings of 20% compared to ADP or PayChex. Newtek delivers you savings, security, and concierge service with our online payroll solution hosted in the cloud. Every account will have a dedicated customer service representative regardless of your account size.

Kick off the year with a partner you can trust! Allow Newtek Payroll Services to help your organization reduce costs, eliminate liability, and save time. Request a FREE DEMO today! Just call 855-284-3722 or email us at

4 Payroll Tips from a Tax Professional

Business discussionNo matter which industry you belong to, there is a common source of frustration for all members of the small business community: payroll. Payroll is a highly regulated business obligation involving everything from employee personal information to federal governmental legal requirements that, if not done properly, can reap harsh consequences.

Daniel Petri, an associate licensed tax professional at the Tax Defense Network offers four key factors to consider that will help you avoid any mishaps:

Outsource Your Payroll, You’ve Got Enough To Worry About

HelpLet’s shoot straight: managing payroll is an annoying obligation; an especially time consuming and detail-oriented task that can quickly consume even the sharpest business owner. Add to that the stiff penalties for a tax filing omission or a mistake on an employee paycheck and now we’re talking a full-blown pain in the rear.

Outsourcing payroll is an excellent alternative to in-house payroll processing for today’s small businesses. This practice allows business owners to streamline operations, freeing them from the liability and annoyance of payroll duties, and allowing them to focus their efforts on the tasks that impact the bottom line. While there are many reasons business owners choose to outsource payroll, here we’ve identified the top advantages:

7 Reasons Why Your Website Doesn’t Deliver

7Your website is the face of your small business. For the vast majority of consumers, that’s all they know about your business – and what they see and experience there directly influences the ultimate decision about whether or not to purchase your products or services. As a result,  every effort should be made to design and build a site that’s visually pleasing, easy to navigate and answers a customer’s question.

But many small business websites are flawed, with some critical errors that blunt a customer’s desire to buy and keep the business from growing. Here are seven reasons why these websites fail to deliver.

Reaching Y: 3 Millennial Marketing Musts

generation-y-MedSEE (1)Generation Y, also known as Millennials, are starting to take over the business world. They are easily identified by latest edition smartphones and ongoing social media interaction. They have even established new protocols for earning a living and even gaining “online celebrity status” through blogging, Youtube videos, zany pet pictures, and “selfies.” 

They get their news from Twitter, industry-relevant blog sites, and their conversations reflect such.

Because of the high-speed information sources for which they are most comfortable, Generation Y seeks fast results and with it, the desire for instant gratification.

How to Avoid “Black Hole” Meetings

iStock_000022262979XSmallWe attend meetings in the hopes of exchanging information and generating fresh ideas. But all too often, we emerge from such meetings dazed by the weight of useless data and demoralized by the waste of our time.

How can you avoid getting sucked into the black hole of useless meetings? Here are tips for planning and conducting meetings that actually produce value and move an initiative forward to its ultimate completion.

Newtek To Present at the Craig-Hallum 4th Annual Alpha Select Conference

Newtek-No-BG-300Newtek announced today that it has been invited to present at the Craig-Hallum 2013 Alpha Select Conference at the Convene Conference Center in New York City on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:15PM EDT in the Nolita Room. Barry Sloane, President and CEO, will be available during the day for one-on-one meetings. To schedule a meeting, please contact your Craig-Hallum sales representative. The live and archived audio webcast of the presentation will be available in the ‘Events & Presentations’ section of the Investor Relations portion of Newtek’s corporate website at

Gartner Says BYOD Adoption Will Drive New Mobile Security Provider Opportunities

iStock_000014087071XSmallMobile security providers may get a boost this year as bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives increase among enterprises, Gartner reports.

While consumers aren’t interested in paying for antivirus software protection on their mobile devices, according to Gartner, use of personal devices at work may provide new opportunities for security providers.

“The use of personal devices at work matches high-enterprise demand for solutions to the BYOD security problem,” said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. “This presents providers of both consumers and enterprise endpoint security products with an opportunity to enforce security to private devices and potentially expand their footprint into the consumer space.”

Gartner: Almost 75 Percent of Government CIO Budgets Stagnant or Up in 2013

superhero_80397867copyNearly 75 percent of government IT budgets are said to be flat or increasing in 2013, despite continuing pressure to spend less, according to Gartner.

After years of being told to “do more with less,” government CIOs say their budgets have either stabilized or are increasing. As a result, CIOs feel they are now positioned to better deliver and manage IT services more effectively and efficiently, according to the Gartner Executive Programs 2013 CIO Agenda survey.

“These CIOs are now poised to boost the business value of IT by radically restructuring their services portfolio to drive innovation and improve the performance of government,” said Garter Research Director Rick Howard.