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Building Your Team for Success: Independent Contractor or Payroll Employee?

Hiring Payroll Employees is a BIG responsibility, requiring extra paperwork, costs, and complying with labor laws. They should be seen as a valuable asset to your company and, in return, you should be able to take care of them well.

You pay a “Company Share” (or ½) of their Social Security and Medicare taxes, which is 7.65% of their gross pay. You also pay Unemployment Insurance, which is at an experience rating – anywhere between 0% and 7% of their gross pay. You withhold the employee’s share and pay it when due. You also pay Worker’s Comp Insurance and maybe other benefits.

Farmers and Rural Business Leaders Drive Iowa’s Surge in Solar Energy

Farmers and rural business owners are among the leaders of Iowa’s recent growth in solar photovoltaics (PV). Washington County boasts the most solar installations in the state. Area legislators and Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, recently toured farm applications of solar PV in the county. The tour was the fourth in a series sponsored by the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association, Iowa Environmental Council, and Environmental Law & Policy Center.

Use of Food Stamps Rises in Burt County

The use of food stamps in Burt County (home to the Center's main Nebraska office) increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending, and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

The proportion of Burt County residents receiving food stamps hit 10% in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services. That’s an increase of 4 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started.

Explore the Fantastic on Nebraska’s Scenic Byways

You’ve probably seen a Nebraska Byway sign if you’ve traveled around the state. Think of it as a shout-out to you, bragging about the highway’s great features!

A byway designation means you’re among scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, or other natural features that are unique, irreplaceable, or distinctly characteristic of an area. That’s a lot of appeal, and a great way to show off some history!

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