Returning to work after the holidays can be challenging for any department, but HR knows they’ll be greeted by a slew of important upcoming dates. Between launching new initiatives and kicking off tax season, HR has their hands full as soon as they walk back into the office. Don’t let these dates catch your team off guard. We’ve rounded up key holidays, dates, and deadlines for the first quarter to make sure you’re ready for the new year.
January 1: New Year’s Day
Take one last day to rest before you and your employees jump into 2018!
January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Ramp up your diversity and inclusion initiatives to honor the accomplishments of MLK.
January 28: Data Privacy Day
With the influx of data breaches across a range of industries, consider using this day to educate employees about the importance of data security.
January 31: Distribute Forms W-2, 1099, and 1095-C Form 941
Tax season is fast approaching, and the end of January is time to send out employee tax documents and also submit the company’s quarterly Federal Tax Return.
February 1: Groundhog Day
This important holiday could either make or break employee spirits. Do something festive to welcome an early spring or boost spirits in the case of six more weeks of winter.
February 14: Valentine’s Day
Bring the team together on this polarizing holiday with treats or activities. Nothing says “we love our employees” like chocolate.
February 15: Request new Form W-4 from exempt employees
The Form W-4 is critically important, as it determines how much is withheld from employee paychecks. Employees wishing to claim exempt status for federal tax withholding in 2018 must file a new Form W-4 by February 15.
February 19: President’s Day
Don’t forget this is a bank holiday! You might consider closing the office as a company-wide day-off.
March 2: Employee Appreciation Day
With year-end in the rearview, you can shift focus back to engagement and culture. Hold a company potluck or happy hour on National Employee Appreciation Day.
March 5-7: HR West
Pack your bags for Oakland, CA! Register to network and learn at this intimate “un” conference.
March 11: Daylight savings time begins
Don’t forget to remind employees to “Spring forward” and move their clocks ahead an hour.
March 15: S Corp and partnership tax returns due
A month out from Tax Day, make sure any business tax returns are submitted or ready to go by their respective due dates.
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
Give employees a pot of gold in the form of a festive holiday lunch, happy hour, or leprechaun costume contest.
March 20: Spring begins!
The end of winter is finally here—get employees excited for spring fever, spring flowers, and maybe even some spring cleaning.