Office Management & HR

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  • Dealing With Problem Employees

    Dealing with problem employees requires that you choose a course of action as to whether you discipline the employee or coach the employee through constructive feedback. Depending on the severity of the problem, a combination of the two may be the most effective approach.

  • Deciding Whether to Lease or Buy a Business Facility

    There are many factors every small business owner needs to consider when getting ready to make the decison whether to buy or rent a business facility.

  • Defining Job Qualifications When Hiring

    Experience, education, ability, and language fluency may be considerations when you are defining your job qualifications. Employers, particularly those who employ 15 or more, must be careful not to run afoul of federal or state anti-discrimination laws during this process.

  • Detecting and Combating Employee Theft

    Employers should know how to detect theft by an employee and how to properly handle suspicions. Depending on the particular situation and workplace, an employee anti-theft policy may be advisable.

  • Developing a Social Media Policy for Employees

    Establishing a clear social media policy--and enforcing it consistently--is imperative to almost all small businesses now.

  • Developing Work Rules

    'Developing Work Rules' reports on various topics to consider when devising, implementing and enforcing workplace rules.

  • Disciplining Your Workers Requires a Legally-Sound Policy

    Disciplining workers is rarely pleasant but sooner or later, it is a reality for just about every employer. Whether you're dealing with minor work rule infractions to the most severe of offenses or somewhere in-between, having a discipline program in place can help make the process less painful and avoid possible legal complications.

  • Do You Need an Employee Moonlighting Policy to Protect Your Business?

    If you are concerned that another job might interfere with an employee's work for your business or if you want to prohibit employees from working for competitors, you may want to protect your business with a moonlighting policy.

  • Don't Ask Job Applicants the Wrong Questions

    It's important to understand what you can--and can't--ask a job applicant.

  • Don't Let Temporary Workers Leave You with a Permanent Problem

    'Don't Let Temporary Workers Leave You with a Permanent Problem' reports on the trouble many are having finding good help, the dangers of negligent hiring and steps you can take to avoid this problem

  • Electronically Complete and Store Forms I-9

    Employers are allowed to electronically complete, sign, scan, and store Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

  • Employee Fringe Benefits Increase Job Satisfaction

    Fringe benefits are property and services whose benefit to employees often outweighs the cost to the employer. Generally, fringe benefits are part of your employees' taxable wages, but there are certain fringe benefits that are excepted from this rule and you can still take a business deduction for their cost. Nontaxable fringe benefits include no-additional-cost services, qualified employee discounts, working condition fringe benefits, very minimal fringe benefits and qualified transportation fringe benefits.

  • Employee Handbooks Effectively Communicate Work Rules But Have Drawbacks

    An employee handbook compiling your work workplace rules is a great way to communicate work policies to employees, However, it's extremely important to follow certain guidelines when creating a handbook in order to avoid inadvertently creating an employment contract.

  • Employee or Independent Contractor? Feds and States Join Forces to Fight Worker Misclassification

    Correctly classifying your workers as independent contractors or employees is more important than ever now that the DOL, the Internal Revenue Service and several states are partnering to enforce compliance.

  • Employee Termination Procedures & Policies

    Whether your reasons for firing an employee are based on work performance, due to an economic layoff, or for another reason, following the proper termination procedures goes a long way in avoiding legal issues. Avoid firing someone on the spot, and use severance and release agreements to limit your liability.

  • Employee Time-Off Benefits Required by Law

    Employers may be required to provide certain time-off benefits to their employees, including time off to vote, jury duty leave, family and medical leave, pregnancy leave and military leave.

  • Employee Vehicle Use Liabilities and Policies

    If your employees use business vehicles, or perhaps your personal vehicles while they are working for you, you must understand your liability for having employees use your vehicles and do what you can to reduce it.

  • Employees' Rights Under OSHA

    Employees have the right to file complaints against employers with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as asserting other rights without fear of reprisal from employers. Employers are required to display posters that inform employees of their OSHA rights.

  • Employer Control of Employee Off-Duty Conduct is Limited

    Generally, an employee's off-duty conduct is off-limits as far as employers are concerned. Exceptions do exist if there is some relationship between the off-duty conduct and your business and if misconduct outside of the workplace poses a risk for your business.

  • Employers May Continue to Use E-Verify

    The federal E-Verify program, used by employers to confirm the identity and eligibility of employees to work in the United States, is extended through September 30, 2015.

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