Office Management & HR

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  • The Pros and Cons of Offering Employees Retirement Benefits

    Retirement plans are a valuable benefit that impacts the present and future lives of employees. Because offering retirement benefits can be complicated, the best approach is understanding the pros and cons of offering retirement plan benefits, the types of retirement plan choices and the goals you want to accomplish as an employer offering retirement benefits, for your employees, your business and yourself.

  • Think Twice Before Saying Goodbye to Seasonal Help

    If you hire seasonal workers to meet summer demands, you may be able to make these temporary help solutions work for your business year-round.

  • Three Big Reasons You Are Not Getting Enough Job Applicants

    Viewing your job posting as an advertisment in order to sell prospects on your company, matching your expectations to the market and increasing your posting's visibility are three ways to attract highly qualified canditions, according to Ian Siegel, the CEO and co-founder of ZipRecruiter.

  • Three Ways to Show Your Employees You Appreciate Them

    As the holiday season approaches, make plans to show your employees that you appreciate them. Doing so will build morale and loyalty during the holiday rush and into the coming year.

  • Tipped Employee Minimum Wage Laws by State

    Special rules apply to the minimum wage that must be paid to tipped employees. Many states allow employers take a tip credit towards the hourly minimum wage rate.

  • Tips for Hiring Your First Employee

    Hiring your first employee can be a challenge, but thinking through the process in advance can ensure a good experience.

  • Tips for Making a Job Offer

    'Making the Job Offer' reports on what to do and not do when offering employment to a prospective employee.

  • Understanding and Remedying Employee Turnover

    'Understanding and Remedying Employee Turnover' reports on the various reasons for employee turnover, as well as ways to address the problem and its costs.

  • Understanding Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Plans

    Retirement plans fall into two basic broad categories: defined benefit plans or defined contribution plans. The difference between the two is substantial and it's important to understand the characteristics of both categories in order to make the right retirement plan benefit choices.

  • Understanding OSHA's General Duty Clause and Industry Standards

    The heart of Occupational Safety Health Act compliance is becoming aware of its published standards, which address specific hazards. There is also a general duty under OSHA to maintain a safe workplace, which covers situations for which there are no published standards.

  • Understanding the Theory of Respondeat Superior Liability

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  • Understanding Your Legal Liability as an Employer

    Your liability as an employer under various employment laws, including wage and hour law, payroll taxes, and anti-discrimination laws depends on various factors including whether your workers are classified as employees and the number of employees you have working for you.

  • Update: Are Your Company's Criminal Background Checks Against the Law?

    Hiring employees requires employers to use various qualifications and screening to determine which applicants are best-suited for the positions being filled. Recent scrutiny of employers’ criminal background policies for discriminatory practices by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission make it clear that employers must examine their own practices to avoid claims based on disparate impact. Update: District Court dismisses EEOC suit alleging disparate impact.

  • Update: Mandatory Workplace Posting of Employee Union Rights Thrown Out by Courts

    The National Labor Relations Board has postponed its employee rights posting rule pending the resolution of court cases denying the agency's authority to issue and enforce the posting requirement. In an appeals court decision on May 7, 2013, the posting requirement is vacated because it violates employers’ free speech rights. On June 14, 2013, another appeals court invalidated the posting requirement, stating that the NLRB exceeded its authority.

  • Update: No Penalty for Failure to Provide Employees With Insurance Exchange Notice

    As a result of health care reform, health care coverage for certain individuals and employees will be available through health insurance exchanges or marketplaces beginning in 2014. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to require employers to provide employees and new hires with written notice of the existence of the exchanges and information about health care coverage through them. The Department of Labor has issued guidance for employers regarding the content of the notice, which is required effective October 1, 2013. The Department also revised its model COBRA continuation coverage election notice to include health care exchange information.

  • UPDATE: Feds Issue Long-Awaited Revised Form I-9, Employers Must Use Starting May 7

    When making a new hire, employers must document employment eligibility by properly completing Form I-9. A newly revised version of Form I-9 was issued on March 8, 2013, which employers are required to put into use within 60 days.

  • Use Policies to Properly Limit Selling or Soliciting on Work Time

    When selling or soliciting in the workplace is minimal, it's typically a non-issue. However, if this activity is causing disruption or perhaps even intimidation or harassment, you may want to consider a no solicitation workplace policy.

  • Using Contracts to Avoid Misclassifying Independent Contractors as Employees

    Employers can use contracts to help avoid having independent contractors and temporary workers classified as employees.

  • Using Job Applications in the Hiring Process

    A popular and efficient method to collect information about applicants for employment positions is to use job applications. You can use a standard form or customize one, but you must be sure that the information you request (or the way you request it) doesn't violate anti-discrimination laws.

  • Using Leased Employees in Your Business

    Leasing workers from an agency may be the staffing solution that's the best fit for you and your business. A big benefit of leased employees is that the administrative work such as taking care of the payroll responsibilities and keeping records is handled by the employment agency.

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