Is Your Hr Department Ready for the Busy Season?

For many perennial businesses, managing the administration of seasonal employees is a problem for when it comes to staffing-up for peak business. Managers are often hit hard with the extra tasks involved hiring and screening new employees. Even if you are lucky enough to have an HR department, running a business with seasonal hires gets tricky when it comes to payroll and benefits administration.

This year, not only are you faced with the extra work involved with seasonal hires, but there may be some significant changes with the Obama administration that will affect payroll departments across the country. According to, here are just a few that if enacted into a law would have a big impact on businesses’ payroll departments.

? Increase the minimum wage

? Making Work Pay tax cut

? Tax cut for seniors

? Earned Income Tax Credit expansion

? Family and Medical Leave Act expansion

? Extend paid sick time benefits

? Encourage states to adopt paid leave

? Small Business Health Tax Credit

? Coverage of catastrophic health costs

? American Jobs Tax Credit

? Penalty-free hardship withdrawals from IRAs and 401(k) plans

? Retirement savings incentives

? Increase immigration quotas

? Remove incentives to enter the U.S. illegally

These proposed tax changes will affect you as an employer, your automated payroll systems, and your employees’ paychecks.

If your busy season is just around the corner, you should start thinking about how you can efficiently manage your employee screening, hiring, payroll, and benefits administration efficiently for a smooth transition. Like many other budget-conscious businesses in Atlanta, you need to handle the seasonal hires quickly, correctly, and hopefully avoid the expense of employing additional HR staff. It’s important to advise a payroll professional to make sure that your company is maximizing benefits to taxpayers while minimizing costs to you.

April lentini

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2 Responses to “Is Your Hr Department Ready for the Busy Season?”

  1. I received an email from Marriott hotel it true they need workers?help me!?
    I’m currently applying in their offer . Should I continue with this application? Please help me.

    here is their first email

    Toronto Marriott Hotel No – 901 Dixon Road Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J5
    We are a five star, deluxe full-service property conveniently located just two minutes from Pearson International Airport and close to all major highways connecting the Greater Toronto Area. We have been in operation since 1986 and have undergone many exciting changes since then including multi-million dollar renovations to all our 424 guestrooms, lobby area and food & beverage outlets. We also have a total of 12 function rooms with 12,500 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space as well as three restaurants, a lobby bar and room service.
    Employment Opportunities;
    We are currently recruiting Applicants Guest Service Agents with a minimum of one year experience in a 4 Diamond property.We are seeking to expand our team of Housekeepers for the busy season. Positions will be available for full time employment from now until April 30 2009. Express your interest by applying.We’re beginning our preparations for the busy season by staffing up! Are you looking for summer work? Maybe you would like to ‘get your foot in the door’ to move on to permanent employment with the Hotel ?
    The Marriott hotel Canadian is a luxurious hotel on the inner harbour in the heart of Toronto. We provide excellent guest service in a superior setting, delivered by our team of attentive and friendly professionals… We are always looking for energetic, service-oriented people to join our team. If you believe you would make a positive contribution to our staff, please apply by sending your passport scan to us! Please include your availability.Only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Process on how to archive your visa entry into Canada
    The Hotel Canadian have decided to process your valuable documents through Immigration Department Canada.Because of the new Immigration law.Government did not need more immigrants again that is why the Hotel Human Resource Department have decided to process your documents through the Immigration bureau department ottawa Canada, that you are visiting marriott Hotel Canada as a tourist ,after processing all your entree documents with the immigration bureau ottawa canada. The chief immigration will send to you all the necessary documents
    that you will need to obtain a visa immediately from Canada embassy in your country without any question. So that you can come over here and start your job of any kind you need in our hotel.You should apply with your passport detail information .
    From The Personnel manager.

    second email

    We are happy to receive your aspiration to work with our hotel and we hope that you understand all our previous emails to you. When you are fully ready, please send to us these below require needed information.

    1) Full name as it appear on your international
    2) Your passport number….
    3) Your Passport Holder Nationality……
    4) your country of residence at present…..
    5) Your age……
    6) your sex…..
    7) Your phone number…..
    8) Position you aspire……

    You are advised to fill all the above information correctly and without a single mistake to avoid complications in your application process. Applicants are allowed to choose up to three positions to assist our personnel fix you in available space. After we receive and verify your information our Hotel will send you form to fill and you will send it to Immigration Bureau Ottawa Canada office with e-mail address of Immigration Bureau Ottawa Canada that you will see in the Form. The form will be for your visa processing, and as for your Vacation, Accommodation and Food please be advice that all these are Hotel responsibilities; they will surely be taking care by the Hotel management.
    And what you should know also, for your easy way to enter Canada. You will only need to apply for one month tourist visa; this is the easier way now to enter Canada. We want our workers to apply this way, due to the new Canadian Immigration Law. Government did not need more immigrants again that is why we have to assist on bringing you in as a Tourists.
    So when you arrived to our Hotel here, Hotel Management will then arrange for your working permit and every other documents that will make you to work and live permanently in Canada. And all the documents will be obtain for you just only within two weeks of your arrival at the Hotel. I mean for you to have your residential and working papers and every other documents in hand

    3rd email

    Hello aspirant,

    We have received your information and verified it accordingly. You are advised to print this form out and fill it ok, after filling it then scan it and send it to Canadian immigration bureau Ottawa for your further visa processing with their contact e mail address ok . Or


  2. I work as a Hotel Supervisor in Las Vegas, NV. We would NEVER EVER EVER ask for this information via email. Absolutely do not do this. Ask for their corporate number then verify that number through a telephone search or even 4-1-1.

    P.S. – If this was posted on something similar to Craig’s List be very carefully this stuff happens all the time.

    Also, you may want to search the Canaian_Immigration_Bureau… look it up. Don’t feel bad calling for verification =)

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