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Weekend Roundup: Recruiting, Remote teams, Payroll Taxes

In today’s Weekend Roundup, the Society for Human Resource Management takes a look at how recruiting has gone remote. Discover six mistakes to avoid when leading your remote teams. Uncertainty develops as businesses look to defer withholding and payment of their employee’s Social Security tax who earn less than $4,000 biweekly or $104,000 annually. Click the links below to learn more.

Recruiting Goes Remote

Recruiting has changed for both recruiters and candidates since COVID-19 made its unwelcomed arrival. Both groups are adapting to video platforms for interviewing, skipping the onsite company tour and going through the hiring process from home. Many managers are unexpectedly finding that hiring without face-to-face interviews is successful, and some recruiters who saw reduced demand at the pandemic’s outset are now surprisingly and happily noting an upswing in requests for services.

Six Ways Leaders Are Failing Their Remote Teams

Just when you thought you had this whole leadership thing pinned down, a global pandemic completely changed the game. Now, instead of interacting with your team face-to-face, you’ve gotten used to seeing your employees’ smiling faces on a screen. And what’s more, you also have to adjust how you manage and motivate them from afar. Understandably, there’s going to be a learning curve. But many leaders are continuing to fail their remote teams by committing the following six mistakes.

Lacking Time and Guidance, Businesses Won’t Defer Employees’ Payroll Taxes

Companies and payroll administration firms in the U.S. say they won’t be able to comply with a presidential directive that sought to allow employers to defer employees’ portion of Social Security payroll taxes beginning September 1. On August 8, President Donald Trump issued a Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster, which directed the Treasury Department to suspend collection of the employee portion of Social Security Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes—part of required payroll tax withholding—from September 1 through the end of 2020.

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