Being an Employer in the Cannabis industry is an exciting and noble endeavour. However, taking compliance “risks” is far from exciting or noble. Our mission is to help Cannabis companies “de-risk” their business by becoming a partner in the cause of legitimacy, transparency and operational excellence. Cannabis companies are subject to both Cannabis specific regulations and guidelines along with those that all employers  face. In addition, Cannabis companies are subject to additional scrutiny from the IRS, DHS, OSHA, USDA and many others, along with State based Cannabis regulatory Agencies.

IRS Section 280E

Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code forbids businesses from deducting otherwise ordinary business expenses from gross income associated with the “trafficking” of Schedule I or II substances, as defined by the Controlled Substances Act. The IRS has subsequently applied Section 280E to state-legal cannabis businesses, since cannabis is still a Schedule I substance.

Evolve Time – Time & Labor Management will help Cannabis employers track allowable labor related expenses under Section 280E while also providing a complete audit history for ALL labor expense, both 280E applicable and non-280E applicable expenses. This combination creates a fully transparent labor expense record designed to support accurate accounting for allowable Cost-of-Goods-Sold (COGS) deductions along with a complete accounting of all labor expenses incurred.


Cannabis Employee New Hire Compliance (Badges, Cards, Permits and Certifications)

With no federal cannabis employment guidelines available, each state has established their own requirements for working in the respective states cannabis industry. The result is that each state has its own requirements and they are not consistent. Cannabis employers, in general, and multi-state operators, specifically, have a difficult challenge to ensure new hire and ongoing compliance.


Evolve Onboarding is implemented with state by state Cannabis Employer hiring guidelines in mind. Evolve Onboarding will help you ensure that licenses, certifications, registrations (badging, cards, permits, etc…) and background check requirements are met. Evolve HCM will track expiration dates, provide timely renewal notifications to help ensure ongoing compliance.

Banking & Regulatory Transparency Program

Given that today the distribution and sale of marijuana remains a crime subject to enforcement under the Federal Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) this creates a significant dilemma for financial institutions, leaving most unwilling to bank marijuana related businesses . Marijuana friendly banks are subject to significant, and costly, enhanced due diligence requirements. These marijuana banking requirements, along with state reporting requirements, create the need for accurate and timely reporting data and integrations. 


Evolve Cannabis Compliance provides reporting and monitoring tools that allow marijuana related businesses to identify, monitor and report (including data exports and integrations) on transactions and events that are required to ensure compliance and transparency. Proactively monitoring and maintaining compliance data enhances an marijuana related businesses position with investors, banks and  government agencies. 

I-9 / E-Verify

Monetary penalties for knowingly hiring and continuing to employ unauthorized workers under the Immigration and Nationality Act range from $375 to $16,000 per violation, with repeat offenders receiving penalties at the higher end of the scale. In addition, ALL U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens.



Evolve Employer Compliance provides access to the E-Verify Program by U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their new employees to work in the United States. Usage of the E-Verify Program has been made mandatory within a number of states. The Evolve Onboarding solution helps employers maintain compliance with immigration regulations and eliminate paper waste. This service includes accurately generated I-9s, online with electronic signatures.


Tax Compliance (all jurisdictions)

State and local tax withholding and reciprocity: Tax withholding and state tax reciprocal agreements can be complicated. Evolve helps to easily distinguish taxation based on employee residency and work locations, and also handles multistate taxation.


Overtime complexities

States must follow the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or may create more employee-friendly regulations. Through Evolve Compliance you can access resources to identify the most favorable regulations applicable to your company.


Wage statements

Some states go beyond federal wage reporting requirements on paycheck information and paycheck/wage statement distribution. Also, Meal and rest breaks guidelines, Predictive scheduling and paid workweek rules and countless more regulations are also available via the Evolve Compliance Resource Center.


The Affordable Care Act (ACA)

If an employer has 50 or more full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, the ACA requires that they offer affordable coverage to at least 95% of them. Employees that work at least 30 hours each week are defined as full-time under the ACA. Failure to offer Minimum Essential Coverage to 95% of full-time employees [“a” penalty]: $2,570 times the number of full-time employees in excess of 30; if one full-time employee receives subsidized healthcare coverage from the ACA Marketplace. 


The Evolve Employer Compliance ACA Manager provides proactive management of your ACA compliance strategy across your entire workforce. It gives you the tools to effectively manage regular and variable hour employees’ benefit compliance, along with applicable reporting. The service also includes Year-End compliance reporting of the production/distribution of individual employee 1095 C’s


ACA Manager

The Evolve ACA Manager provides proactive management of your ACA compliance strategy across your entire workforce. It gives you the tools to effectively manage regular- and variable-hour employees’ benefit compliance, along with applicable reporting and a simple year-end process that includes the issuance of form 1095C to all employees.

Evolve HCM is one of the only human capital management suites that delivers the power of a unified platform for HR/benefits administration, time and attendance, and payroll. With a single record for each employee, you can streamline and automate the benefits enrollment process as they reach eligibility. Eligibility notifications can be sent to employees with links to automate the enrollment process via simplified self-service features.


Here are a few highlights:

    • AUTOMATE EMPLOYEE HOURS tracking against set measurement periods
    • REAL-TIME REPORTING provides anytime monitoring of employee’s ACA status
    • STREAMLINE BENEFITS ENROLLMENT with automatic enrollment notifications
    • ACCURATELY COMPLETE AND FINALIZE forms to submit to the IRS

Tax Filing & Deposit Services

There are more than 10,000 tax jurisdictions in the U.S. and therefore thousands of constantly changing IRS tax regulations. Add in tight deadlines and harsh penalties for noncompliance and it becomes clear why employers value our Evolve Employer Tax Compliance Services.


Evolve Pay Services use quarterly updates from thousands of federal, state, and local codes to manage your compliance across multiple tax types and jurisdictions. Along with Federal, State and Local Tax Deposit and Filing Services, the Evolve Employer Compliance solution includes Year-End filings and the production and distribution of all employee W-2’s 


Garnishment Services

Employers are typically notified of a wage garnishment via a court order or IRS levy. They must comply with the garnishment request, and typically start withholding and remitting payment as soon as the order is received. Employers are required by law to comply with every garnishment request.


Evolve Employer Compliance, Garnishment Services provides for the processing of third-party payments such as child support, tax levies, and creditor garnishments. This process uses the information entered and calculated in Evolve Payroll and automatically makes payments based on the amounts being withheld, so each payment reaches its destination on time. 


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