Office Management & HR

Learn more about the resources available for Office & HR.

  • A Guide to Workplace Safety Rules

    'Workplace Safety Rules' offers a step-by-step analysis of how to determine your obligations under OSHA's workplace safety rules and then how to comply with them.

  • A Leasing Lexicon

    'A Leasing Lexicon' helps the reader answer whether to buy or lease office space and gives a definition of terms and jargon used in leasing arrangements.

  • A Look Ahead: It’s Almost Time for Year-End Employee Reviews

    The end of the year is fast approaching, and if you’re an employer, it’s almost time for annual reviews for your employees. It’s critical that you take time out of your busy schedule to let your employees know how they’re doing, get their feedback and award the appropriate raises.

  • A Look at Severance Payments

    'A Look at Severance Payments' reports on the ins and outs of offering severance payments, and how they can protect you from future claims.

  • ABC’s of Summer Energy Savings

    In many areas of the country, summer means higher energy bills due to increased consumption and energy surcharges. Now is the time to take action to stop your energy bills from getting you hot under the collar.

  • Adequate Insurance is Key to the Success of Your Business

    Insurance is an issue every business owner needs to consider. Insurance is especially important to the small business owner because of the often close relationship between business and personal assets.

  • Administering Your Employee Retirement Plan Benefits

    If you offer a retirement plan as an employee benefit you'll be dealing with some complicated administrative issues. Even if you decide to outsource your administrative duties, you'll still need knowledge regarding plan issues such as reporting, recordkeeping and disclosure to be certain your administrative responsibilities are being met.

  • AIDS and Other Medical Safety Concerns in the Workplace

    Employers must protect the safety of all employees in their workplace. However, this responsibility must not violate the rights of employees with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or certain other diseases. In your day-to-day dealing with employees, there won't be any need to treat an employee with AIDS differently from the way that you treat other employees. Nevertheless, you should anticipate and prepare for any situations where safety precautions may be necessary. Your AIDS related concerns may be more complicated if your business is in one of several specific industries. Some employers will find it beneficial to create a formal policy addressing AIDS in the workplace.

  • Alternate Benefit Payees and Recipients--Complying With QDROs and QMCSOs

    Employees divorcing may result in an employer having the legal responsibility of providing benefits to alternate payees (such as ex-spouses) or recipients (such as minor children). Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) and Qualified Medical Child Support Orders (QMCSOs) are court orders that impose this responsibility on employers.

  • Alternatives for Hiring Summer Help

    Summer is a great time to hire your children or students interested in your business to fill your seasonal hiring needs.

  • An Overview of Workplace Safety

    'An Overview of Workplace Safety' gives an overview of the requirements on small business by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, advice on how to properly comply, and where to go for help.

  • Analyzing a Job's Requirements When Hiring

    A three-step process of doing a job analysis, determining job qualifications, and creating a job description can help you determine what you need from the people you hire. There are several components involved in the first step, which is performing a job analysis.

  • Are You Subject to Child Labor Laws?

    Federal and state laws place various restrictions on the hours and types of occupations for employing minors. Different rules may apply to workers under 18 and workers under 16. In addition, if you employ minors you will most likely need to obtain your state's version of an age or employment certificate in order to comply with state child labor laws.

  • Assessing Computer Needs for Your Business

    Properly used, a computer can help you to become more organized, work more efficiently, and accomplish many tasks. You'll need a variety of information in order to accurately assess the technology requirements for your small business.

  • At-Will Employment -- Part 1

    'At-Will Employment -- Part 1' reports on the typical employment relationship and how to avoid running afoul of state and federal wrongful discharge employment laws.

  • At-Will Employment -- Part 2

    'At-Will Employment -- Part 2' reports on the typical employment relationship and how to avoid wrongful discharge claims in state and federal court.

  • Avoiding Defamation Claims

    employment reference defamation, defamatory reference letters

  • Balancing Requirements and Restrictions When Providing Employment References

    Providing employment references are a requirement in some states where employers must provide them to prospective employers under specific circumstances. However, it's important to follow certain guidelines and limit the amount of information you provide to avoid the risk of being sued for defamation, as well as other legal claims.

  • Be Savvy Using Your Smartphone

    Smartphones offer a wonderful convenience, but carry the risks of ID theft, viruses, and malware.

  • Bed Bugs Could Be Big Problem for Small Businesses

    Bed bugs can cost small businesses big bucks in potential losses of business, customers, productivity, employees, and morale.

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