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Employer slammed for failing to honor IRS tax levy

08/22/2014
When the IRS knocks on your company’s door with a wage levy against an employee, don’t pretend there’s no one home. A federal trial court has ruled that a company that ignored an IRS wage levy is on the hook for the levied amount—plus a 50% penalty.

Sitting is the new smoking

08/22/2014
A new University of Southern California study says brain processing speed increases from 5% to 20% when people are standing compared to sitting.

Half would keep working if they won the lottery

08/22/2014
While some may dream of hitting it big and leaving their office behind them, a new study from CareerBuilder suggests that’s not the case for everyone.

City pushes financial wellness alongside medical checkups

08/22/2014
Just as it encourages employees to have their medical checkups, the city of Winter Park, Fla., pushes its staff to complete an annual financial well-being checkup.

Must you have 'absolute proof' of harassment before terminating?

08/22/2014
Employers don’t need to worry about establishing an airtight case against an employee who har­asses a co-worker. HR investigations aren’t held to the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of a court.

Benefits for terminally ill worker: How can we help?

08/21/2014
Q. A 26-year-old employee has terminal cancer and can’t work any longer. Our company is small and doesn’t offer health insurance, and she is not covered on an individual policy. Is it a correct protocol to lay off this employee so she can receive unemployment and other benefits, such as Medicaid?

Job descriptions done right: Start with a clean sheet of paper

08/21/2014
Properly done, the task of writing a job description gets the hiring process off to a good start. Here’s some advice that can help.

Vacations: When we do take them, they're too brief

08/21/2014
According to the U.S. Travel Association, 61% of employees leave three or more vacation days on the table every year, and they’re less likely to use up those days if they’re allowed to carry them over to the following year.

Understand basics of complying with GINA genetic information law

08/21/2014
The Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, enacted in 2008, prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their genetic information. It also bans harassing employees based on their genetic information and protects employees from retaliation for exercising their GINA rights.

What to do when schedules affect child-support obligations?

08/20/2014
Question: We have weekly-paid employees who regularly work four consecutive weeks and then take two weeks off. As a result, some have trouble maintaining their monthly child support obligations. How might we work with the state agencies to accommodate our pay frequency so employees don’t end up in arrears?

Polish presentation skills to sell your ideas

08/20/2014
When selling your ideas, you need to be prepared to deliver a top-notch presentation. Here are some ways to sharpen those skills.

Stay out of court: 6 steps to setting up an in-house dispute resolution process

08/20/2014
An alternative dispute-resolution program lets you identify and address problems while they’re still manageable and before they land in court. Here’s a six-step process for establishing an ADR program.

In wake of NLRB decision, review independent contractor agreements

08/20/2014
Plenty of employers were concerned when the NLRB determined last month that McDonald’s Corp. will be considered a joint employer along with its franchisees in several upcoming unfair labor practices cases.

Can 'resign & rehire' trick bypass open enrollment?

08/19/2014
Q. An employee failed to participate in open enrollment, thereby losing her insurance coverage. Can she resign and be immediately rehired to enroll in our medical plan as a new hire?

DOL offers A-to-Z guidance

08/19/2014
Tired of all the acronyms and jargon of U.S. employment law and everything else that has to do with labor and the workplace?
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