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The Paychex Business Series with Gene Marks

Join host Gene Marks as he talks with real small business owners and other experts about today’s top issues, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on the workplace, employees, and the way we work.

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Season 2 | Episode 59
Congressman Scott Fitzgerald
COVID-19 Podcasts 21:55 min listen

Helping Small Businesses in the Pandemic: Congressman Scott Fitzgerald Sponsors the Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act

Small businesses continue to feel unstable about their future since the rise of the pandemic in 2020. As part of the small business committee, Congressman Scott Fitzgerald recognizes this and is sponsoring the Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act to ensure their future. Hear as he speaks with Gene Marks on the importance of SBA microloans, solutions for labor disruption in Wisconsin, and how bipartisan collaboration between government and state can help small businesses.

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Get more business information on our COVID-19 Help Center at

Season 2 | Episode 58
Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics
COVID-19 Podcasts 25:28 min listen

An Economic Forecast: Inflation, Interest Rates, National Debt, and More

Inflation. It’s a topic that many are talking about and many are concerned about. But, is inflation always a bad thing? On this episode, Gene Marks talks with Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics, Mark Zandi, about what is driving it, the inflation expectations, what factors are impacting rising prices, and what his predictions are for the economy over the next few months and several years.

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For a insights into wage and employment trends on a national, regional, state, metro, and industry basis, take a look at the Paychex | HIS Markit Small Business Employment Watch.

Check out to Mark's new podcast, Moody's Talks - Inside Economics, that focuses on key indicators and the global economy.

Season 2 | Episode 57
Senator Rand Paul, member on the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Podcasts 17:38 min listen

Increasing Work Incentive: Rand Paul on Raising Minimum Wage, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the PRO Act

As a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, Senator Rand Paul knows firsthand the “big heart” people have with providing employee benefits. However, there are unseen consequences. Listen in as he shares with Gene Marks the effects of raising minimum wage, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the PRO Act, as well as his solutions towards saving work incentive in the market.

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Paychex continues to speak with policymakers on both sides of the aisle about policies and ideas shaping small businesses. Make sure to follow us so you don't miss out on these upcoming episodes.

Season 2 | Episode 56
Wendy Chun-Hoon, Director of the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor
Employment Law Podcasts 29:06 min listen

Women in the Workplace: The Past, the Present, and the Future

On this episode, hear from the Director of the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, Wendy Chun-Hoon, as she talks to host Gene Marks about topics surrounding women in the workplace. Listen in as Wendy discusses the concept of occupational segregation within certain job sectors, how the pandemic impacted women’s employment, the importance of public policy on paid leave and childcare, the employer’s role in helping women thrive in the workplace, and much more.

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Learn more about creating a fair and equitable workplace for parents and caregivers, read our article Family Responsibilities Discrimination at Work.

Wondering how the pandemic has impacted work-life balance? Find out in our article, COVID-19, Careers, and Childcare.

Learn more about the American Rescue Plan paid leave tax credits with the IRS Fact Sheet and the White House Fact Sheet.

Season 2 | Episode 55
Eric Eversole, President of Hiring Our Heroes
Onboarding Podcasts 25:22 min listen

Hiring Our Heroes: How to Employ Dependable, Critical Thinking Veterans in a 21st Century Workforce

One of the biggest issues for veterans after service is unemployment. In this episode, Gene explores with Eric Eversole, President of Hiring Our Heroes, the ins and outs of employing a diverse workforce, focused on problem solving and teamwork. Learn how Hiring Our Heroes create opportunities, the pros of employing our veterans, and how to secure good employees in today’s 21st century workforce.

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Learn more about veteran hiring with our article, Changes in Approach by HR Can Improve the Recruiting and Hiring of Military Veterans

See how small businesses in the United States have evolved tremendously over the last decade with our article, The New Generation of Business Owners is Here

Visit Hiring our Heroes at

Season 2 | Episode 54
Andy Gargana, Senior Federal Compliance Analyst at Paychex
COVID-19 Podcasts 19:24 min listen

Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC): Answers to Your Most Asked Questions

Hear answers to your most asked questions about the COVID Employee Retention Credit with Andy Gargana, Senior Federal Compliance Analyst at Paychex. With the Employee Retention Credit now extended through the end of 2021, this episode will dive into how to interpret the new law, eligibility criteria for your business, and how it is calculated even if you received a PPP loan.

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For more information on the Employee Retention Credit, read our article: Employee Retention Tax Credit Extended to End of 2021 by American Rescue Plan Act.

Season 2 | Episode 53
Dr. Krystal Lewis, Clinical Psychologist at the National  Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
COVID-19 Podcasts 22:53 min listen

Mental Health Series: The Importance of Mental Health for You, Your Employees, and the Culture of Your Company


On this episode, Dr. Krystal Lewis, a Clinical Psychologist at the National  Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is talking with Gene marks about the importance of positive mental health – not just for your employees, but for you as a business owner as well. Hear as they talk about everything from dealing with work frustrations to making psychologists available to employees and to yourself.

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For more information about mental health in the workplace, download our free guide How Are Your Employees Feeling? A guide to Workplace Mental Health.

And for more great mental health resources, visit our Improving Employee Mental Health and Wellness page.

Season 2 | Episode 52
Congressman Tim Burchett, 2nd District of Tennessee
COVID-19 Podcasts 27:43 min listen

Congressman Tim Burchett Talks Three Significant Bills That Could Mean Big Things for Business Owners

Congressman Tim Burchett is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District, and he’s no stranger to business. A former business owner himself, he knows the impact that businesses can have on our communities, our people, and our economy. That’s why he is sponsoring three significant bills, the Opportunity Zone Extension Act, the Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act, and the Prison to Proprietorship for Formerly Incarcerated Act. Hear what he has to say about how these will help businesses, people, and places in need.  

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Interested in other important regulatory challenges you may face? Read our article Top 10 Regulatory Issues Facing Businesses in 2021.

For more information about the different types of financing options available to, read the article Securing Financing for Your Small Business.

Season 2 | Episode 51
Dr. L. Casey Chosewood, from the Centers of Disease Control
COVID-19 Podcasts 21:50 min listen

Mental Health Series: Total Worker Health. What is It? Why is It Important? And How the CDC Says You Can Help Improve it.

We all know the importance of keeping employees physically safe at their place of work – you work to meet OSHA regulations on a daily basis. But according to Dr. L. Casey Chosewood from the CDC, just as important as an employee’s physical health is their mental health, and by doing so you can not only help them, but help your company as well. Hear as he explains what Total Worker Health® is, and why business owners should be introducing policies, programs, and practices to help address financial, mental health, and personal life stressors.

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For more information about mental health in the workplace, download our free guide How Are Your Employees Feeling? A guide to Workplace Mental Health.

Learn more about the NIOSH Total Worker Health® Program at

Season 2 | Episode 50
Cathleen Swody, Founding Partner and Director of Assessment from Thrive Leadership
COVID-19 Podcasts 24:08 min listen

Mental Health Series: Improving You and Your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing in the Virtual Workplace

Cathleen Swody, Founding Partner and Director of Assessment from Thrive Leadership, talks with Gene Marks about ways employers and employees can improve their mental health with re-entry into the workplace and in a virtual work environment. Hear what she has to say about opening lines of communication, the mental health benefits you can offer to employees, and why business owners should also take some time away.

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Employees might be struggling more now than ever before brought on by the pandemic, according to a Paychex survey conducted in late 2020. Download our e-book "How Are Your Employees Feeling? A Guide to Workplace Mental Health" for suggestions on how to make your workplace safe and productive. 

Challenging times are ahead for employers with employees returning to the workplace with mental health stressors. Find critical insights into what employers can do to help at with our article: "Mental Health at Work During COVID-19."