Telecommuting and Flexible Work Schedule Policies

In a business environment where many employees are routinely bringing along work assignments on vacations and routinely make themselves accessible during weekends and other off-hours, jobs become ever-present and the line between on and off work time becomes blurred. By incorporating flexible work schedules and telecommuting into an organization’s structure, an employer may find that […]

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APA Asks Congress to Protect Taxpayers, Increase IRS Funding

Original article written by Alice P. Jacobsohn, Esq., American Payroll Association   The American Payroll Association (APA) sent a letter to Congress in August urging adequate funding for the IRS. The IRS plays an important role in the daily workload of payroll professionals. Therefore, ensuring the agency is properly funded to respond to questions, information […]

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President Obama Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Last week on September 7, 2015, President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to offer their employees up to seven paid sick days annually, depending on the number of hours employees work. According to the White House, the order will benefit about 300,000 workers. The Executive Order will: Give approximately 300,000 people […]

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EEO-1 Report Deadline Extended to October 30

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires certain companies over a certain size to submit a report categorizing their employees by race/ethnicity, gender, and job category. This demographic survey, called the EEO-1, is due by October 30 (most years this deadline is September 30). Companies that meet the following criteria are required to file the […]

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September Question and Answer

Our monthly question and answer section covers work place best practices. This month we dive into computer safety. The invention of the computer along with the internet has shaped workplace culture. Now with social media, internet search engines, and online communication, it is easy to find information. So what do you do when the information […]

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Administering Unusual Hourly Schedules

When recruiting for unusual hourly schedules, such as graveyard or on-call shifts, it’s important to sell the position in the right way. Some people prefer unusual schedules because of their sleep habits, their family’s needs, or their recreational habits; but not everyone can be successful working odd or irregular hours. Here are a few keys […]

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Why You Should Think of Your Office as a Community

Whether or not you’re attempting to build a sense of community among your employees, your office is a social place and it will, despite any designs to the contrary, function like one. How so? When you staffed your organization, you had a division of labor in mind, but you didn’t hire roles and responsibilities. You […]

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Inclement Weather/Emergency Closures and Payment

It’s the beginning of September, and hopefully, most employers have had a reprieve from inclement weather in recent months.  However, some regions of the country experience their most severe weather conditions during the warmer months, leading to workplace closures or delayed openings due to hurricanes, flooding and tornado activity. As the warm weather is alive […]

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September 2015 HR Advisor Newsletter

    Get autumn off to a productive start by tackling those end-of-the-year tasks early. Whether you need to examine your pay schedules and rates, implement a performance evaluation program, or complete paperwork for the Affordable Care Act, our September HR Advisor Newsletter has the guidance you need to make everything fall into place. HR […]

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NLRB Expands Joint-Employer Definition

The Affordable Care Act has been a hot topic this year. In theory, large corporations (as defined by the ACA) have not only decided how they are going to handle ACA reporting, but are also well into the tracking and reporting process.  In reality, many are still scrambling to decide how they are going to […]

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