Office Management & HR

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  • What You Need to Know About Workers' Compensation Laws

    Every state has laws that require employers of a certain size to provide employees with workers' compensation benefits. Whether you are subject to workers' compensation laws or choose to voluntarily maintain coverage, you should be aware of what benefits are payable for and the proper steps to take when a workplace accident occurs. You should also understand the tax implications of benefits and the interaction of other benefit payments with workers' compensation.

  • When is a Minimal Fringe Benefit Not So Minimal?

    An Internal Revenue Service ruling--revoking a prior decision that clothing and accessories provided by an employer to employees constituted de minimis fringe benefits--highlights the fuzzy lines regarding the definition of such benefits.

  • When Is an Intern an Employee?

    The Department of Labor has provided the general criteria employers should use to determine whether an unpaid intern is an employee subject to the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • When to Check Job Applicants' Driving Records

    You should obtain the driving record information for any prospective employee if driving is part of the job description.

  • Why 401(k)s Are the Most Popular Employee Retirement Plan Benefit and How They Work

    401(k) retirement plans are a popular employee benefit because employees can use the plans to put pre-tax compensation towards their retirement, maximizing their contributions. Employers may also match the funds employees contribute, further enhancing the advantages of a 401(k) plan.

  • Work Rules Must Be Communicated To Be Effective

    Communicating work rules so that employees understand what is expected of them is crucial. There are advantages and disadvantages to communicating work policies orally or putting them in writing.

  • Workers' Compensation Laws by State

    In many states, employers who have one employee are covered by workers' compensation laws.

  • Workplace Rules For Business Owners & Employees

    Rules for workers may be legally required, but various optional workplace rules should be considered as well. Carefully selected workplace rules can protect your business from legal claims and help you maintain an orderly, positive work environment.

  • Workplace Safety Issues Arising From Office Automation

    The concept of an office as a workplace fraught with danger may seem odd. However, modern offices have specific safety issues that should be addressed, many of which are due to office automation. OSHA guidelines can help you institute safety measures to combat office automation hazards.

  • Workplace Smoking Rules in New York

    Employers in New York must comply with these state rules regulating smoking in the workplace.

  • Writing an Effective Job Advertisement

    Writing a job advertisement requires you to include the information you need to get responses from qualified prospective workers. However, you must be very careful not to run afoul of the anti-discrimination laws by using prohibited language in your ads.

  • Your LLC and Spring Cleaning: Which Records to Keep or Toss?

  • Your Workplace Rules Should Address Employee Political Activities

    Employees can do what they want on their own time regarding political activities, but your workplace policy should limit certain behaviors while on duty. A clear and fairly applied policy can help avoid not only the loss of productivity, but discrimination and harassment claims as well.

  • Zoning for Home Occupations

    'Zoning for Home Occupations' recaps the common issues of concern for home-based businesses and how best to craft zoning laws that protect the neighborhood as well as the businesses in it.

  • Zoning: Regulating Traffic

    'Zoning: Regulating Traffic' recaps one of the largest issues of concern for home offices--zoning restrictions on traffic--including commonsense ways to craft rules that protect the neighborhood and the businesses in it.

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