Office Management & HR

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  • 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.

  • End of Daylight Saving Time May Require Payroll Adjustment

    Turning back the clocks during the first weekend of November may affect wages and overtime pay for employees working overnight hours.

  • English-Only Workplace Rules Must Be a Business Necessity

    Instituting an English-only policy in your workplace is advisable only if such a policy is clearly a business necessity.

  • ERISA Requirements for Employee Benefit Plan Administration

    The federal law ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) imposes administrative obligations on employers with employee benefit plans.

  • Evaluating the Neighborhood When Choosing a Business Facility

    Choosing a location for your business involves various proximity issues related to customers, suppliers, employees, parking and nearby businesses and competitors. The character of the community and environmental issues may also have an impact on your business facility choice.

  • Evaluating Your Employment Recruitment Methods

    Taking stock of the recruiting choices you can use to fulfill your recruiting needs will help ensure that your choice is the right one for your business.

  • Exploring Alternatives to Traditional Insurance

    Small business owners have alternatives to traditional insurance. Choosing insurance policies with higher deductibles and reducing risk can also assist small business owners in meeting their protection needs in a more affordable fashion.

  • Furthering Your Employees' Education is Good for Business

    Picking up the tab for your employees’ education offers a unique opportunity to provide an employee benefit that can add real value to your business with the added bonus of tax breaks for both you and your employees.

  • Giving Employees Vacation Time Off

    Planning for your employees' vacations can minimize disruptions to your business.

  • Good Faith ADA Effort Protects Employers

    'Good Faith ADA Effort Protects Employers' reports on the process by which business owner's can comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and protect themselves from employment-related lawsuits.

  • Government Regulation of Safety In the Workplace

    Maintaining safe and healthy working conditions are required by government regulations and also make sense for business economic reasons.

  • Handling an Employee's Arrest or Incarceration

    Hopefully, you won't have to deal with a worker who is arrested and jailed. Employers who find themselves in this situation must balance the rights of the worker with the impact on the workplace and other employees.

  • Handling Employee Resignations

    While you can't dictate the exact terms and circumstances of employee resignations, you can put procedures into place that make the process easier. For example, establishing an advance notice policy for quitting employees can give you time to hire a new employee before you're left short-staffed.

  • Health Care Insurance Plan Options for Employee Benefits

    There are several health care insurance options to choose from if an employer decides to offer health care benefits to employees. Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) are the most common types of health care plans offered.

  • Health Insurance Coverage Laws by State

    State mandates require insurers to offer certain health care coverage.

  • Hiring Independent Contractors For Your Work Force Needs

    Independent contractors are a popular choice for business owners to fill their work force needs. True independent contractors are not treated as employees, which essentially means that payroll taxes and certain state and federal employment laws do not apply to them. It's important, however, to ensure that a worker qualifies as an independent contractor because the repercussions for incorrectly classifying workers can be severe.

  • Home Office vs. Leased Office Space -- Reasons to Get Out of the House

    'Home Office vs. Leased Office Space -- Reasons to Get Out of the House' reviews the challenges of working from home and the reasons many businesses need to have separate office space.

  • Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst: Planning for Disaster

    September is National Preparedness Month, and the month when natural disasters of various types often strike. Every business should have some type of plan in place to deal with what Mother Nature might bring, as well as other crises and smaller emergencies that can cause big disruptions.

  • How and Why to Check Job Applicants' Employment References

    Information from a job applicant's references can be extremely valuable. References from former employers are likely to be more valuable than personal references and can help avoid negligent hiring claims. Educational references should also be verified where necessary. Calling or writing are the two basic methods of checking references and the process should be documented.

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