Office Management & HR

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  • Should You Test Your Job Applicants?

    Giving job applicants tests can be a valuable part of deciding who to hire. You should use these tests prudently, to find out what you really need to know and administer them fairly. Also, many tests are governed by laws that pertain to when in the recruiting and hiring process they may be given or if they can be given at all. Conversely, depending on the job, some tests may be legally required.

  • Simple Cafeteria Benefit Plan Option in Health Care Act Makes Offering Employee Benefits Easier

    The Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affirmed the creation of simple cafeteria plans for small employers. This option gives qualifying small businesses the advantages of offering employee benefits through a plan traditionally used by larger employers.

  • Sound Business Principles, Communication Are Keys to Downsizing

    'Sound Business Principles, Communication Are Keys to Downsizing' reports on the issues to consider when adopting a reduction in force.

  • State Laws Regulate Smoking in the Majority of Workplaces

    Most states have laws that limit or prohibit smoking in the workplace. Even in the absence of law, employers often institute a policy or rule about smoking that prohibits smoking in the workplace or limits it to certain areas.

  • States May Get Early Opportunity to Opt Out of Health Care Mandate

    President Obama has thrown his support behind an amendment that would allow states to opt out in 2014 from the requirement that individuals and businesses purchase insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Steps to Take to Set Up Your Payroll System Correctly

    To accomplish the end goal of getting your employees their money, you'll have to set up a payroll system. Setting up a payroll system requires that you get federal and sometimes state and local identification numbers, employee Social Security numbers and Form W-4s and that you establish a pay period.

  • Taking Steps to Motivate Your Workers Improves Productivity

    Motivating workers is one of the biggest challenges employers face. Poor morale negatively affects your business's productivity so it's important to first assess the morale in your workplace, and if necessary, take steps to improve it.

  • Target Benefit Retirement Plans Offer Employers Unique Options

    Target benefit retirement plans are a hybrid-type of plan that have both defined benefit plan and defined contribution plan characteristics.

  • Tax Implications of Leasing Business Equipment

    Leasing business equipment has different tax implications than purchasing the equipment. In addition, certain factors may lead the IRS to recharacterize your lease as a sale, which would impact your tax deductions.

  • Tests to Consider for Job Applicants

    The various tests you can administer to job applicants include achievement tests, physical ability tests and aptitude tests. Drug testing, medical exams, and perhaps lie detector testing may be prudent or even mandatory.

  • The Dos and Don'ts of Conducting a Job Interview

    When you are conducting an interview, keep in mind your role as the interviewer includes both conveying and obtaining information. Part of this process is knowing what interview questions to ask and perhaps even more importantly, the questions you shouldn't ask in an interview.

  • The Dressing-for-Work-at-Home Dilemma

    'The Dressing-for-Work-at-Home Dilemma' gives tips on how best to increase productivity and comfort by properly dressing yourself for your home-based business, including what issues to consider for your particular circumstances.

  • The Importance of Background Checks for Prospective Hires

    Background checks should be a part of just about every employer's recruiting and hiring process. The checks can range from consulting with references to checking criminal records. If your employees have contact with the public or financial transactions, you should be particularly thorough about your background checks to avoid negligent hiring claims.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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