Regardless of the size or type of business, or how well the business is run, the odds are that you will eventually be faced with some type of employee lawsuit. According to Fisher and Phillips, LLC, for employers, the key to facing any type of employment litigation case is to have at the ready key […]
The Affordable Care Act and the 40 Hour Week Bill: What Employers Need To Know
Recently, the House of Representatives voted handily in favor of increasing the number of hours required to be categorized as a “full time worker” under the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) from 30 to 40 hours per week. The distinction is important, because the ACA requires employees classified as working full time hours to be provided […]
Minimum Wage and Overtime Lawsuits Increase – What Is An Employer To Do?
Overtime and minimum wage lawsuits continue to increase as more employees claim violations against the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to ADP Research Institute, 90% of employment related lawsuits involve disputes involve wage and hour related issues. The report highlighted the top employee claims against employers: Employees who […]
Several States are Increasing Minimum Wage Thresholds
Recent employee protests focused on increasing the minimum wage has sparked a growing trend in several states centered on increasing the minimum wage over the last several months. The minimum wage in a number of states in the U.S. has risen by as much as ninety cents, while the Federal minimum wage for federal workers […]
Should You Trust A Written Letter of Reference?
You just interviewed the perfect job candidate and now the only step left is to check their references. Your job candidate presents you with a list of references which includes a letter of recommendation. Great! With letter in hand, there is no need to call this particular employer. The letter is written on business stationary […]
Healthy, Happy Employees
Most business owners and HR departments know the saying that a happy employee is also a productive one. One well-known psychologist, Martin Seligman,claims that feeling of happiness is 60% dependent on your genetics and environment, while 40% depends on your attitude. The American Happiness Association offers similar numbers, saying 60% of a person’s happiness is […]
Managers: Do You Recognize These Five Personality Types?
I truly believe (and it has been my experience) that most employees bring their best selves to work. Employees are generally very committed to doing a great job for the organization and in many cases will go above and beyond to ensure that the company is successful. But the reality is that as a manager, […]
The Tax Implications of Giving Staff Holiday Gifts
The holiday season is traditionally a time when many employers hand out cash bonuses, awards and non-monetary gifts to employees. If you are planning on gifting employees this year, make sure you are aware of all the tax implications when doing so. The Internal Revenue Service treats most cash gifts and awards as additional W-2 […]
A Succession Planning Strategy Does Not Need To Be Complicated – Cross Training Is a Good Start
In order to be competitive, it is integral for employers to have staff with the appropriate level of expertise that will keep the company performing at its highest capacity. This makes sense, but the piece of this equation that is often not planned for in advance is how to address unanticipated staffing changes that will […]
Can’t We All Just Get Along? Managing Feuding Employees
Imagine a world where people always said “please” and “thank you”. A world where drivers didn’t speed up when they saw that you are trying to merge in to traffic. Where people showed common courtesy, regardless of gender by giving up their seat to the elderly, a pregnant woman, or a disabled person on the […]
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