Misclassifying Employees as “Salaried” can Cost You

Most employees, and even many business owners, are under the impression that a company has great latitude in deciding whom it will designate as salaried employees. Well, the US Department of Labor would beg to differ …and of course, its opinion is what really matters.  The Department’s concern – arising from the Fair Labor Standards […]

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DOL to Increase Wage and Hour Enforcement

The Deparment of Labor is staffing up for its push for wage and hour compliance.  In a recent budget discussion, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis says that the Wage and Hour division plans to hire 250 additional field investigators in 2010.  They will concentrate primarily on Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage, overtime, […]

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Are you ready for the onset of personal-information protection laws?

Seems like it’s in the news every couple of weeks… some company fesses up to having “lost” or compromised a mind-boggling amount of personal information about individuals …sadly, most often its customers.  Usually what follows some time later is news of a class-action settlement running well into the millions of dollars.  You see these stories […]

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Is your payroll service provider costing you more than you think?

Users of traditional payroll service providers (ADP and Paychex being two of the better-known examples) often literally don’t realize how much the service is costing them. It’s common for these providers to charge on an a’ la carte basis for their services.  Which means that the only charge you’re likely to be really aware of […]

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Seven ways your business can save money in tough times

In a down economy like the present one, everyone does a little belt-tightening.  Unable to grow revenue easily (if at all), most businesses seek to maintain profitability as long as possible by shaving costs wherever possible. In that spirit, here are 7 simple things that small businesses can do to save money… Switch your phone […]

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Non-Compete Considerations

All employees will discover and learn aspects about their jobs and about your company that may become a particularly sensitive issue when an employee leaves the company.  While depending on state laws, employers can add a certain amount of protection through the use of properly written non-compete agreements. It is generally understood that a former […]

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Harassment-Free Workplace Tips

How do you make sure your workplace is free of harassment? Getting socked with an employee sexual harassment claim is not only bad for your business, it could also be bad for you!  Depending on state law, managers and supervisors may have individual liability when it comes to sexual harassment claims made by an employee. […]

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Not All Online Payroll Services are Created Equal

So you’ve been studying the payroll service provider space and are leaning toward an online payroll service.  Well, congratulations! As I blogged about recently, I truly believe that for most SMB companies, Internet payroll solutions prove a better choice than either in-house application software or a traditional payroll processing service. But now comes the hard part, because […]

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What You Don’t Know About Child Labor Laws Can Hurt You

Underage workers – typically high-school kids working after-school, evening or weekend hours – can be a real boon to your business;  they can be just the thing to fill in those little gaps or help out in overload situations, without having to add full-time/permanent staff with all their attendant overhead. The only caution is that […]

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Manage HR Right in a Downturn, and Help Your Company Lead in the Recovery

No one likes managing through a downturn (although it usually beats unemployment or Chapter 11):  there will be unpleasant but necessary policies to implement;  there will be brutal-feeling decisions to make;  there will possibly be people that you like and respect who must be shown the door … very likely with you or your staff […]

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