The entertainment industry has changed a lot in the past few years. This has been made possible by developing new media like the internet and social networking sites like Facebook. As such, the employment practices of an entertainment payroll company have also changed. Like any other third-party payroll service, an entertainment payroll service offers a wide variety of services. But before delving into that topic, let us first discuss the definition of an entertainment payroll service?
Perhaps the most fundamental difference between an entertainment payroll company and most other types of third-party payment services is the fact that an entertainment-themed payroll service is usually an employer-of-record company. In other words, it pays your employees without requiring you to seek them and seek their consent for every paycheck actively. And as its name suggests, an entertainment payroll company offers its clients many different entertainment options for wages and hours.
Most of these entertainment payroll companies are also quite flexible regarding hours worked and production crew workers’ availability. The main reason behind this is to ensure a level of flexibility in the working hours of its client’s employees. After all, if your employees can work whenever they want, you are not legally bound to compensate them for their working hours, right? An entertainment payroll company pays its clients for hours worked; it does not matter whether these employees are from the movie set, the television series, the stage play, or the production crew. This is because such workers are performing under the supervision of someone who has signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provisions.
Now that we have established that an entertainment payroll service does not compensate its clients for actual hours worked, it is essential to touch on its wage structure. Typically, these services offer their clients overall hourly wage overtime (if applicable), and a social security bonus. Of course, each of these options has its pros and cons for your business. In general, an hourly wage can be a good option when your business tends to employ a mixed workforce consisting of part-timers, trainees, freelance or temporary employees, and those with personal or work-related injuries. On the other hand, for small businesses where wage flexibility may not be an issue, choosing between a general hourly wage and a set social security bonus is probably a no-brainer.
As far as overtime is concerned, this is also a benefit for the entertainment payroll company that includes it in its package. When you hire an entertainment payroll service, this part is taken care of by your payroll representative. In most instances, your employee’s position in the production company (or whatever the company is doing that your employee is part of) determines their overtime eligibility. However, again, this depends on the specific company rules.
Many small production companies have independent contractors. These production companies must hire payroll experts who know what taxes these independent contractors owe and what deductions they qualify for. Again, this often depends on the company rules for being considered “exempt” from taxes. Some of these payroll experts are available by phone to help with this requirement. But again, an entertainment payroll service is an excellent resource for all of these companies.
Independent contractors do not typically pay social security or income taxes. But if an independent contractor is earning over a set amount of money, such as $100 an hour, they are usually required to pay at least some of their income tax and possibly more. Again, there are ways to help employees with deductions, such as offering them an additional PayPal account. But even then, it is up to the employee to report the income, or the premises, on their income tax return. This is why you need an entertainment payroll company to handle this part of the process for you.
When you have an employee that makes under a set amount of money, you will want to include them on your company’s payroll. But when the entertainment payroll company is handling your crew’s wages, you don’t have to worry about adding them up, and it is up to them to figure this out for you. So what should you expect from your crew? First, you should receive fair treatment and fair income, with bonuses, raises, and longevity incentives.