Mountain states again lead nation for small business job gains

For a fourth straight month, the Rocky Mountain states in June topped the nation for small-business job growth over the previous year, according to a monthly report from Colorado’s IHS Inc. and Paychex Inc. Small-business jobs in the mountain states grew by 1.77 percent in June from a year earlier, following May’s 1.41 percent year-over-year increase, April’s 1.75 percent gain and March’s 1.62 percent rise, according to the latest Paychex-IHS Small Business Jobs Index, issued Tuesday. The region includes Colorado as well as Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The mountain region’s growth far outstripped the “East North Central” states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio), which came in at No. 2 with 0.89 percent year-over-year small-business job growth, the report said. On the other hand, the “Middle Atlantic” states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania saw small-business jobs drop 0.39 percent over the one-year period, the greatest decline of any U.S. region. The report comes from Douglas County-based IHS (NYSE: IHS), a global market information and insight provider, and Paychex (Nasdaq: PAYX), a provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing services for small- to medium-sized businesses.

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AbsenceSoft Presents AbsenceTracker – Easy-to-Use FMLA and LOA Management Software

AbsenceSoft  proudly presents AbsenceTracker™, the latest evolution in FMLA and Leave of Absence management software. Designed with the administrator in mind, AbsenceTracker provides companies of all sizes with the tools they need to efficiently, compliantly and cost-effectively manage leaves of absence. AbsenceTracker is a cloud based, secure, mobile friendly leave management system that not only provides compliance support for FMLA and all state leave laws, workflow management and analytics, but it is also fun and easy to use. AbsenceTracker is packed with features such as a step-by-step intake process, automated eligibility calculations, templated communications, full workflow management – from the point of leave request to the return to the work, intermittent leave management tools and detailed reporting to help users make strategic decisions.

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Staffing company outsources payroll to better manage growth

For many second-stage businesses, growing pains come from having to form a department for the first time. it came from having to get rid of one.Impact, a staffing firm formed in 2002, watched its revenue climb every year since the recession, from $7 million in 2010 to $16.5 million last year. The company this month will open its first satellite office, in Chesterfield Township, to be closer to manufacturing clients in that area.
Problem: Managing growth and the payroll department.

In 2010, the company had about 300 workers placed with clients to manage. Company leadership saw that as more workers were placed, the hairier things got in the payroll department. President Pete Davis estimated that for roughly every 75 workers placed, Impact had to put another person on payroll duties, which include the tasks of checking attendance, workers’ compensation and disciplinary issues.At this point, he had three people working on payroll management and already the processes were becoming disorderly. As more employees became involved, more basic organizational issues popped up.

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