Office Management & HR
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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.
'Managing Risk in the Workplace' offers advice from risk managers and safety experts for improving conditions at your business.
'Measuring Employee Productivity' reports on different methods to measure your employees' output and ways to improve the results.
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.
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.
Employers are facing an increased incidence of workplace violence and need to take steps to prevent it, or to minimize its impact if it does occur.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
When you hire a new employee, your next step is to complete the required forms, including Form W-4 and Form I-9.
There are many ways to staff your business without the commitment involved in hiring full-time employees.
Options that are low or even no-cost are available as an alternative to hiring workers. These options include barter, internships and volunteers. However, these options may cost you in terms of time and effort as opposed to dollars.
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.
Employers may choose to give employees time-off for official state holidays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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