Office Management & HR

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  • Locating and Deciding On the Right Business Facility

    When you are ready to start looking for a specific facility to rent or buy, it's a two-step process of conducting the search and deciding which facility is best.

  • Making a Job Offer: Information to Include

    After you've interviewed your employee candidates and checked their backgrounds, you are ready to make a job offer. Certain information should be included in the offer, and statements that imply an employee contract should be avoided unless that is your intention.

  • Making Communication Equipment and Service Choices to Meet Your Business Needs

    Communication and the right equipment to do it with is absolutely vital to the running of most every business. Today's communication services include phone systems (both landlines and wireless) and mail and package delivery.

  • Making Deductions From Employees' Pay

    There are three basic categories of deductions employers make from pay: legally required deductions, deductions for the employer's convenience and deductions for the employee's benefit.

  • Making the Decision to Hire: Balancing Financial Considerations and Business Needs

    Making the decision to hire workers for your business is a big step that involves determining whether it's cost-efficient to hire someone and then deciding what type of help you need. Hiring full-time or part-time employees, hiring your children, hiring temporary help or perhaps using leased employees or independent contractors in your business are among your options.

  • Measuring Employee Productivity

    'Measuring Employee Productivity' reports on different methods to measure your employees' output and ways to improve the results.

  • Methods of Disposing of a Business Vehicle

    There are advantages and disadvantages to the various methods available for disposing of buisness vehicles. Selling, trading, or scrapping or donating the vehicle are among the various methods you can consider when you are ready to get rid of a vehicle.

  • Military Leave Laws for Employees

    Employers are required to provide military leave to employees. Federal and state laws set the rules for pay, notice and reinstatement for time-off for military service.

  • Minimizing the Risks to Your Business Using Security Measures and Disaster Planning

    Instituting the proper workplace security measures and planning for disasters coupled with the right insurance coverage, are vital components in minimizing the risks to your business.

  • Minimum Wage Law Requirements for Employers

    You have an obligation as an employer to pay certain employees a minimum wage per hour. Federal and state laws may apply to the amount an employee must be paid per hour, and employers in some states must pay a higher hourly rate than under federal law. Special federal and state rules apply to tipped employees.

  • Navigating the Complex Rules Governing Employee Termination

    Although the employment-at-will doctrine allows most employers to fire employees at their discretion, this does not mean that you can fire anyone, anytime just because you feel like it. To the contrary, various federal and state laws as well as public policy put serious limitations on employee terminations. On the other hand, employers should be aware that under certain circumstances the failure to fire an employee can result in legal ramifications.

  • Negotiating a New Hire's Salary

    If your prospective new employee wants more money than you're offering, you may want to consider whether he or she is worth it, and negotiate by making a counteroffer.

  • New Employees Forms After Hiring An Employee

    When you hire a new employee, your next step is to complete the required forms, including Form W-4 and Form I-9.

  • Nursing in the Workplace Laws by State

    Federal law requires certain employers to provide unpaid nursing breaks to nonexempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. State laws may also address breaks for nursing mothers either through specific rules for the workplace or through more general rules that encompass the workplace.

  • Observed Holidays by State

    Employers may choose to give employees time-off for official state holidays.

  • Obtaining Vehicles For Your Business

    If the use of a vehicle is necessary in your business, the first step is obtaining one. You may be able to use a vehicle you already own or purchase or lease a vehicle specifically for business use.

  • Offering Life Insurance as an Employee Benefit

    Employers may choose to offer life insurance benefits to their employees. If this optional benefit is one you are thinking of offering, you will have to determine who should be covered, what type of life insurance benefits to offer and how much life insurance is optimal and affordable.

  • Optional and Required Disability Benefits for Your Employees

    Disability benefits are employee benefits that guarantee income if an employee cannot work due to illness or an accident. Disability benefits can be optional or mandated by law.

  • Options for Paying Employees

    Once you set up a a payroll system and calculate your employees' pay, you're ready to actually pay them. You may choose to pay them through direct deposit, but whatever method you choose you will likely be required by state law to provide some information with pay. If you decide to distribute employees' pay, there are certain rules you should follow to avoid legal and morale issues. Finally, special rules may apply when you are paying terminated employees.

  • Orienting New Employees

    After you've made a hire, you'll want to introduce your new employee to your company through the orientation process. The orientation process can be split up into tasks for before the employee starts, the employee's first day and the employee's first week.

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