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Gene Marks

Gene Marks is a business owner, small business expert, author, speaker, CPA, and columnist for The Washington Post.

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The CARES Act Makes It Easier To Tap Your Retirement Savings. Don't Be Tempted

It sounds enticing, I know. There's a good chunk of cash that you can access without penalties. So why not just do it?  Please don't. I'm talking about your retirement savings, particularly the savings in your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement accounts.  Thanks to the recent CARES Act, the rules for getting to your retirement funds have been significantly relaxed. It's now much easier. You first must prove that you've been either medically and/or financially affected by COVID-19, and most of us have been.

After the Pandemic: What’s Next for Your Employees

After the coronavirus pandemic your company will begin to get back to business and slowly work its way back to normal. But what is normal?

Six Cool Online Services That Will Help to Keep Your Employees Happy

Employee turnover is inevitable in business, but that doesn't mean it's not disruptive. One of these six online perk services may help you keep your employees happy and engaged. Keep reading to learn more.

How Will the November Elections Affect Your Health Care Costs?

Health care costs will most likely increase in 2017 and probably the year after that too. But how exactly will the outcome of the November elections affect your costs? Small business expert Gene Marks weighs in on this important topic.

7 Actions You Need to Take to Gain Every Advantage of the SECURE Act

The SECURE Act is now law, and there are seven things you should be doing now, or in the near future, to fully take advantage of it.

5 Huge Trends in Small Business HR Tech That Will Impact Your Company in the Next Two Years

Just a few years ago it was hard to believe sensitive company information would be hosted by a third party somewhere in 'the cloud.' But that's all changing fast. What other big trends in small business HR tech will be impacting companies in the next two years? Don't miss out.

4 Things Every Employer Needs to Know About Paid Time Off (And 4 Actions You Should Take)

Millennials, and Americans in general, don't take enough paid time off compared to employees in most other countries. Here's what you should know about PTO as an employer.

You’re Living in 2019. I’m Already in 2029!

Washington Post columnist Gene Marks reflects on the recently released Future of Work report and the ways in which his own workforce has changed. Do you see the same shifts happening in your business?

Marijuana: Weighing the Risks of Drug Testing in a Rapidly Changing Regulatory Landscape

As regulations around marijuana start changing and the general acceptance of it continues to increase, now may be a good time to evaluate your company's drug testing policies. Gene Marks dives more into this hot-button topic.

It's Not About Training. It's About Your Training Strategy.

While there's no debate that great firms make training and job skills a priority, there's still the question on how to provide training effectively and affordably. Gene Marks explores how you can do this.

The Greatest Myth about Generation Z

Gene Marks examines how employers can prepare for and effectively manage the burgeoning group in the workforce that is Generation Z.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Laws are on the Rise: Is Your Company Complying?

The topic of sexual harassment continues to be at the center of our national dialogue. In addition to raising public awareness, the #MeToo movement has had a significant impact on employers. Read on if you're unsure about which laws are applicable to your company.

Five Big Issues for Businesses Heading Into the 2018 Midterms

The midterm elections are fast approaching, and it's becoming clear that whoever takes control of Congress will have a significant impact on many companies. Gene Marks identifies five hot-button issues businesses are on the lookout for heading into and beyond Nov. 6.

Struggling to Find Good Employees? Here’s What You Can Do About It

If you're like many employers today, you may be facing the effects of a tightening labor market. Gene Marks looks at why this is happening, and offers some suggestions that can help you stay competitive.

Considering Paying a Tax Reform Bonus? 7 Questions You Need to Consider

Since tax reform legislation passed in December, many companies are paying bonuses. Should you do the same? Gene Marks offers 7 important questions you should ask yourself before doing this.

5 Technologies Every Growing Restaurant Must Consider

What do today's profitable and growing restaurants have in common? They embrace new technologies and applications. Washington Post columnist and small business influencer Gene Marks shares five notable technologies that growing restaurants should consider.

10 Ways Your Business Can Profit From Tax Reform

While the recent tax overhaul has been hotly debated, it's in businesses' best interest to take advantage of the benefits that the new law offers. Washington Post columnist Gene Marks identifies 10 notable ones.

No, Not All Small Businesses Are Boring Like Mine

What does it mean to be a truly unique business these days? In honor of the Paychex America's Most Unique Business contest, Gene Marks takes a look at some one-of-a-kind businesses that stand out from the crowd.

The Worst Business Advice I Ever Received

Small business owner and influencer Gene Marks describes what led him to outsource his company's payroll in order to stay focused on his business and its growth.

The 3 Biggest Challenges of Being an HR Leader ... and How to Meet Them

Whether it's staying strategic yet also detail-oriented, keeping current on legislation, or effectively managing millennials, HR professionals have a lot to juggle these days. Small business influencer Gene Marks takes a look at how HR teams can successfully navigate three big challenges.

The Trump Effect: Small Business and Regulation

This video series, hosted by small business influencer Gene Marks, will provide an in-depth look at the potential effects of Trump administration policies on small business.

Uncertainty, Optimism, and Small Business Employment: 5 Things I Learned from Paychex CEO Martin Mucci

Gene Marks recently sat down with Paychex CEO Martin Mucci to discuss the Employment Watch and other issues facing the small business economy. Learn the 5 takeaways Marks learned.

Which Presidential Candidate Will Cause Your Employment Costs To Rise? The Answer May Surprise You

According to small business expert Gene Marks, there is no question that employment costs have increased and could continue to increase in the coming years. Will either presidential candidate reverse the trend, or will these costs continue to rise?

Why the Latest Paychex IHS Small Business Jobs Index Could Be Bad News for Donald Trump

Many can make a reasonable case that the economy is not strong, but the national unemployment rate is below 5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Statistics from the Paychex | IHS Small Business Index lead to a similar conclusion: there has been a year-to-date trend of steady economic growth. Read more.

Meet with Your Accountant and Ask These Five Questions

Don't wait for your accountant to call you. Call him or her, grab some coffee, and ask these five questions. The answers could save your business money.

Five New Year's Resolutions for Your Business in 2017

Don't break your New Year's resolutions in 2017. Focus on these five resolution suggestions that can improve both your personal and professional life!

Healthcare is Changing: Five Actions You Should Be Taking This Year

Overhauling the Affordable Care Act is a top priority of the new administration's first one hundred days. What will change and what will stay in place? What actions can you take to prepare your business for the year to come?

5 Big Challenges of a Mobile Workforce and What to Do About Them

Millennials now make up about half of the U.S. workforce, and with that change comes a change in the way people work. This is a generation that demands independence and mobility often more so than higher compensation. What challenges come with these new mobile employees?

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