Federal Unemployment Tax Rate Reduction

Effective for all payroll dollars paid after June 30, 2011, the federal unemployment tax (FUTA) rate that employers pay on the first $7,000 of employee wages has been reduced by 0.20%.  This will reduce the effective rate paid by most employers from 0.80% to 0.60%, after a credit for paying their state taxes on time.  […]

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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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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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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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