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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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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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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How Should You Tax a Bonus Payment?

If you’re following the continuing saga of the financial meltdown, you might be under the impression that many employers are doling out seven-figure bonuses like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, AIG and the rest. In reality (as has become crystal-clear over the past year or so), Main Street isn’t Wall Street, and operates on much […]

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9 Steps to Handle DOL Audit Requests

Businesses which sometimes overlook procedures (especially if written) may sometimes face a U.S. and / or state Department of Labor (DOL) notification for an audit. Is this a time to panic?  No. It is a time stay calm and be organized. If managed effectively, DOL audits provide a productive opportunity for employers to review and […]

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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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Genetic Nondiscrimination Act

Effective November 21, 2009, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) was enacted in recognition of developments in the field of genetics. Genetic tests now exist that can indicate whether individuals may be at risk for developing a specific disease or disorder. The concerns focus on whether employees may be at risk of losing […]

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