Educational Materials

Paychex has proudly earned marks of excellence by providing companies with best practices, expertise, and personal attention for over 40 years. Please explore our many educational resources for businesses. We have listed a few on this site, and you can visit Paychex WORX for even more topics geared towards aspiring business owners.

Regulatory Updates

Federal Regulatory Updates for 2016

Published January 06, 2016. A number of key announcements made by the federal government may affect employers in 2016. Updates to OSHA penalties, the Social Security wage base, enhancements to the e-Verify System, and the launch of a national individual retirement account are among those generating the most attention among business owners. Learn more.

Worker Misclassification

According to the US DOL, the misclassification of employees as independent contractors presents one of the most serious problems facing affected workers, employers, and the entire economy.  In the Administrator's Interpretation, the DOL concludes that most workers are employees under the federal wage and hour law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Learn more.

Overtime Regulations

On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor announced a proposed rule to update the regulations governing which executive, administrative, and professional employees (white collar workers) are entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay protections. With this proposed rule, the Department seeks to update the salary level required for exemption to ensure that the FLSA’s intended overtime protections are fully implemented, and to simplify the identification of nonexempt employees. Learn more.

Health Care Reform

On June 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court rendered a decision in the King v. Burwell case, stating that premium tax credits are allowed for eligible individuals who sign up for health insurance coverage through federal as well as state health insurance marketplaces. With the ruling, Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remain unchanged. Learn more.


8 Common Mistakes of Employee Handbooks

Some businesses regard employee handbooks as a “necessary evil,” but in fact they are much more than that. An employee handbook that’s free of the most common mistakes may serve as important documentation in the event of an employment-related lawsuit. Here’s a closer look at which mistakes to avoid. Read article.

End-of-Year Payroll Checklist

As the end of the year approaches, it's important to make sure that your payroll information is up to date. From end-of-year reporting and taxation to preparing for 2016, there are numerous steps that can help keep your information organized and accurate. Take a peek at this high-level checklist that owners and payroll managers, alike, can use. Read article.

The Benefits of a PEO for Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs and business owners know how rapidly their days get swallowed up in necessary, by hugely time-intensive tasks. By establishing a co-employer relationship with a company's staff, the PEO assumes responsibility for specific employer rights, responsibilities and risks. Learn about the many benefits PEOs have to offer the small business. Read article.

Small Business Marketing 101

To successfully grow your business, attracting and then working to retain a large base of satisfied customers is key. Consider these marketing strategy pointers to grow and maintain your customer base, and help solidify your brand in the marketplace. Read article.

White Papers

Guide to Navigating the New Overtime Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor has extended overtime protections to far more employees by approving a revision to the federal overtime regulations, and an increase to the salary threshold for the executive, administrative, and professional white-collar exemptions from the over time provisions. This guide provides an overview of the rules, how your company might be impacted, and what you can do to prepare. Download white paper.

Essential Guide for Buisiness Owners and Managers

As an owner or manager of a small business, you may be responsible for functions you lack expertise in — things like payroll, taxes, HR, and employee benefits, all of which can be extremely complex and can lead to government fines as well as litigation if not managed properly. This guide provides helpful insights on these topics and more. Download white paper.

Protect Small Business Data with the Security of Cloud-Based Accounting

The security of a cloud-based accounting system is quickly becoming one of the top priorities among accounting firms and other small businesses across the U.S. This comes with the recognition that serious cyber theft and data breaches no longer strike large corporations alone. Businesses of every size are vulnerable to these attacks, particularly those that fail to take adequate security measures. Now is the time to investigate your cloud storage and protection options. Download white paper.

Potential Benefits of a Multigenerational Workforce

By embracing generational differences, companies can shape workforces that are driven, dedicated, and diverse. A multigenerational workforce can boost the bottom line, revitalize old processes, benefit customers, and strengthen company cultures. Download white paper.

Other Resources

Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Business owners often may not understand when to classify an individual as an employee versus an independent contractor. Proper classification of a worker as an independent contractor may save a company money and benefits, such as group health and workers’ compensation insurance, as well as social security and unemployment insurance taxes. Learn more.

Top 10 Regulatory Issues Expected to Impact Businesses in 2016

Only a few weeks into the New Year and the regulatory landscape is continuing to evolve at a rapid pace. From the IRS extending select Affordable Care Act reporting deadlines to a delay of the debated Cadillac Tax, 2016 is gearing up to be another active year for government regulations impacting business. Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, HR, retirement, and insurance services, has identified the top regulatory issues businesses should be aware of in 2016. Learn more.


Full of helpful advice and regulatory information, this interactive Paychex eBook is a great way to increase your business knowledge.

7 Questions Every Small Business That Hires Employees Will Have to Answer

The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index

With small businesses representing nearly 95 percent of all U.S. employers, the Index serves as an indicator of the overall economy, providing a monthly, up-to-date measure of change in small business employment. Visit the site to see the latest IHS Small Business Jobs Index.