Office Management & HR

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  • Protecting Business Information Through Confidentiality and NonCompete Agreeements

    The majority of small businesses probably don't need a policy addressing employees' access to and dissemination of confidential information or trade secrets. Whether you need a confidentiality policy will depend upon what type of information you feel you need to protect. For some businesses, noncompete agreements may be necessary to prohibit employees from working in a related business in your area for a certain length of time.

  • Protecting Workers During Winter Storm Season

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers tips and resources to help employers keep their workers safe from the hazards of winter storms.

  • Protecting Workers From the Heat

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is offering tips to help employers reduce the risk of employee heat-related illnesses.

  • Recruiting and Hiring for Your Business

    Business owners who are considering hiring workers should first determine what kind of help they need and can afford. Once that determination is made, then the best means of recruiting and selecting among candidates while following legally proper guidelines can be chosen.

  • Review the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Hiring Process

    Employers should review their hiring strategy to see what worked and where there's room for improvement. Reviewing the hiring process should also include a review of the legality of the methods used to select employees.

  • Revised Version of Form I-9 Issued

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has released a new version of Form I-9 to verify individuals' identity and U.S. employment authorization.

  • SEPs Are the Easiest Way to Provide Employees With Retirement Benefits

    Simplified employee pension plans, as their name implies, allow employers to offer employees retirement benefits with ease in the setting-up process as well as participation and administration. SARSEPs, a form of SEPs, are no longer available but may be maintained if already in existence.

  • Setting Limits on Gambling Activities in the Workplace

    Gambling in the workplace can interfere with employee productivity, and a policy setting limits on gambling activities may be warranted.

  • Setting Up a Workspace for Your Home Business

    The area of your home where you operate your business -- your workplace -- will have an impact on the success of your business venture. To make sure that this impact is positive, you will need to organize it so that it becomes an efficient tool of your business.

  • Setting Up Employee Records and Personnel Files

    Once you've hired an employee, you'll need to set up records and personnel files for certain employee information. Federal and state laws require employers to maintain certain records. State law governs access to employee personnel files.

  • Should You Buy or Lease Your Facility?

    'Should You Buy or Lease Your Facility?' lists the various considerations that go into answering the question of whether your company should buy or lease office space, based on what makes the most sense for your particular business.

  • Should You Offer Employees Health Care Benefits?

    Health care benefits are optional for most smaller employers, but of critical importance to most employees. Employers of all sizes should be aware of the pros and cons of offering health benefits to their employees.

  • Should You Outsource Your Employee Benefits Administration?

    Administering employee benefits can be quite complex. Understanding the considerations involved in the process will assist you in deciding whether you should handle your benefits administration on your own or outsource all or part of it.

  • Should You Run a Business From Home?

    If you're thinking of running a home business, you have a special set of issues to consider, along with all the usual issues that must be faced by anyone who is starting and running their own business.

  • 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.

  • Six Strikes Program Could Impact Small Businesses

    Small businesses that have internet protocol addresses that are drawn from their internet service providers pool of residential IP addresses may run afoul of the new Copyright Alert System designed to reduce illegal downloading of copyright protected information.

  • Social Security Administration Offers Online Access to Earnings and Benefits Statements

    With online access to Social Security annual earnings and benefits statements, small business owners and their employees can review earnings records and ensure they have accurate information for their financial planning.

  • 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.

  • Special Announcement: Free ObamaCare Webinar

    If you are confused and worried about the impact that the new health care law, commonly referred to as ObamaCare, will have on your business, you will want to attend our free webinar. This hour-long webinar will guide you through which rules apply to you and detail what your obligations are.

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