April HR To-Do List

Friday, March 31, 2017
Spring has sprung! The cherry blossoms are blooming, the allergens are a-floatin,’ and we’re sneezing all day. And yet we’re always happy to see spring make her debut and save us from a cold winter. As you do your spring cleaning, don’t forget to tend to your monthly HR to-do list as well!

Here’s a start to your list:

  • Spring cleaning isn’t just for home! Clean out paperwork, be sure your HRIS/payroll systems are up-to-date, and even do a sweep of your filing system in the cloud or on the server. Keeping everything up-to-date now makes life easier down the line.
  • Update, review, and audit your internal and external HR website(s).
  • Start planning for summer vacations: be sure you have a time-off request system so you don’t wind up with everyone taking the same week off! Do you have enough people to cover all the planned vacations? Do you need to bring in any temps?
  • Individual tax returns are due April 18th this year!
    • Usually taxes are due April 15, but the 15th falls on a Saturday this year, which would normally push tax day to the following weekday, the 17th.
    • But it’s Emancipation Day on April 16th, which marks the day that Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, freeing the slaves in the District of Columbia. And since it’s a Sunday this year, the holiday is moved to Monday, the 17th.
    • Therefore, the 18th is the first work-day following the 15th, and taxes will be due on the 18th of April this year. Didn’t think you’d be getting a history lesson here today, did you?!
  • Sole Proprietorship, Single-Member LLCs, and C Corporations with a December 31 year-end have taxes due April 18th as well**
  • Plan for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 27th
  • Begin your search for a summer intern or summer staff

Keep your allergy medications close at hand and enjoy this beautiful Spring Season!

**I’m not an accountant and don’t claim to be any kind of expert on taxes! This is meant merely as a reminder; you should speak with a tax professional to solidify your company’s actual tax due dates.