“Can’t we sue him for this?” That’s what many employers say after being hit with what they believe is a frivolous employee lawsuit. The First Amendment protects the rights of companies to seek such redress in court. But, in most cases, a counterclaim is not a smart move.
The IRS has confirmed that how you withhold income taxes from supplemental pay, such as bonuses—by using a flat withholding method or aggregating the supplemental pay with other wages—is entirely up to you; employees can’t specify a withholding method.
Looking for a summer staff activity that’s a break from the usual barbecue? Try these inexpensive options:
When older employees hear the word “slow,” they may immediately assume that’s a code word for “old.” But sometimes, slow just means slow. If you have workers who can’t meet the job’s required—and preferably written—performance standards, you don’t have to keep them on staff, regardless of their ages.
Employee assistance programs can yield savings of $5 to $16 for each dollar invested, according to various studies. But if very few of your employees use your EAP, you’re not getting anywhere near that kind of ROI. Eight suggestions for boosting EAP participation:
Staffing agencies conduct lots of drug tests—and hear lots of excuses when applicants fail. Scott Morefield, of AtWork Personnel Services, recounts these: