Considering docking an employee’s pay for cause? Careful…

If you’re a business owner, CEO or CFO, you probably think that you have the right to deduct from any employee’s paycheck who happens to owe the company money, for whatever reason.  But in light of recent events, you may need to inject some caution into such a decision …because that God-given “right” (as they […]

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Improving Morale with Performance Management

According to 33% of respondents on a recent HR Support Center poll, the number one employer nightmare issue is “poor performers.” The concept of performance management is simply a method to enhance business success. One key component of performance management is to bridge the company’s goals with the employee’s goals by creating development plans. For example, […]

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The 3 Most Asked Questions of the Person Who Handles Payroll

If you hold the payroll responsibility in your company, you undoubtedly know the drill. Somehow every other employee of the company has found your phone number, and/or knows the way to your office. Why? … because they have questions.  You know they’re perfectly legitimate questions and have got to be answered, but that doesn’t stop you […]

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Online Payroll Service vs. Traditional Service: it’s a no brainer

Yes, the calendar just rolled over to 2011, so it’s reasonable to ask … why should you choose a “traditional” payroll service that may have been around since those other 20s [the allegedly “Roaring” 1920s]? OK, that may overstate things just a tad;  payroll in those 20s was simple enough to be done with quill […]

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Thoughts on Temporary Workers

With the continued challenge of today’s economic times, temporary workers play a significant role to businesses in terms of lowering costs. Especially with employers in industries that heavily rely on strong holiday season sales, the performance of temporary workers also is critical to customer service satisfaction. However, how do you know whether or not hiring […]

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HIRE Act for Dummies

The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act was signed into law on March 18, 2010.  This provides incentives to companies who hire and retain unemployed employees.  This act provides for: the elimination of the 6.20% employer portion of Social Security tax through the end of 2010. up to a $1000 Retained Worker Tax Credit (RWTC) for […]

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Pay practices during inclement weather closings

It happens to nearly every company at some point… and for many, multiple times every year.  What is it?  Inclement weather that forces an office or plant closing.  In the North, the usual problem is snow or ice;  in coastal areas, it’s tropical storms;  in the Plains, floods and tornados.  Even in the relatively consistent […]

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New E-Verify Rule Impacts Federal Contractors

There are new regulations impacting the E-Verify system for federal contractors. Federal contractors are obligated to utilize the E-Verify system to figure out if employees are eligible to legally work in the United States. On or before September 8, 2009 it was not mandatory for employers to use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ E-Verify […]

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COBRA Subsidy Extension Proposed

The Obama administration has proposed an extension to the COBRA premium subsidy in its fiscal year 2011 budget.  If adopoted into law, the subsidy would be availale to employees laid off from March 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.  The subsidy would be provided for 12 months. This would be the third extension of the COBRA […]

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The Flu and the FMLA

With recent pandemic flu outbreaks, some employers have grown confused as to which types of employee absences from work may be protected by the federal Family Medical Leave of Absence Act (FMLA). First of all, FMLA protection is entitled to employees working for a covered employer and who have worked for their employer for at […]

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