Ideally, every employee termination – voluntary and involuntary – would go smoothly. Employees would hopefully either give notice and exit gracefully or, in the case of an involuntary termination, a handshake and a “best wishes in your future endeavors” conversation would take place before the handing over of office keys and a name badge. Of […]
If unnecessarily high unemployment tax costs are eating away at your profits — you may be mishandling it. Many employers view unemployment taxes and related claims as an operational cost that cannot be controlled. This is where they are wrong. First, you must understand the basics behind where your unemployment tax dollars go. Who is […]
Small business owners may feel at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to extending gestures of appreciation to their employees. Budgets are tight and employee productivity genuinely matters to their bottom lines. Thankfully, employees of small companies tend to understand all of this. Their professional experiences often keep expectations in check, even during the holiday […]
Getting the Most Motivation from Those Precious Payroll Dollars When HR professionals peer inside the crystal ball, some see a time when the annual salary increase is no more. c. A 2% to 4% increase range may represent a significant investment of company resources, but it’s simply not enough to wow any individual employee. Additionally, over […]
The concept of “holidays” conjures different associations for people… gatherings of family and friends, abundant food and BBQs, travel or a day to simply sleep in and find something “fun” to do. For employers, it can be a confusing myriad of questions on what their obligations are to their employees on holidays: Do we have […]
Once upon a time there was a Big Bad Wolf who was tired of huffing and puffing for the Three Little Pigs, so he quit his job and took a position with Little Red Riding Hood terrorizing the forest. Well, as you can imagine, the Three Little Pigs were blindsided and furious. After years of […]
Over the past six years, a wake-up call for employers who use unpaid interns had been brewing. Court cases publicized the issue, and in January of 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) established new classification tests to accommodate court decisions. Triggered in a 2012 case against Harper’s Bazaar, and further publicized in 2013 by a […]
The job market is so good, candidates are not showing up for interviews, or not showing up for their first day on the job. We have been seeing a steady increase in this behavior in the last 18 months. Nationally, it is just now getting reported (CNN report link). Seven things you can do: 1) […]
It happens in all types of organizations, for that matter, you’ve probably encountered it, but didn’t know what it was: That sense that everyone is frustrated and venting, no one is growing, some people are regressing, problems go unresolved, people are not content, and the group think is: “NO MATTER WHAT WE WANT TO TRY, […]
There was a time when companies looking to ban visible tattoos in the workplace had a relatively easy time of it. After all, employees with tattoos have no specific legal protections under Title VII. And yet, the EEOC has filed a number of lawsuits against companies that prohibit visible tattoos. Once again, a seemingly straightforward […]
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