ARTICLE ARCHIVES

Benefits: Should we put details in the employee handbook or the Summary Plan Description?

11/27/2014
Q. Should a small business employee handbook include a safe-harbor clause under the benefits section for their 401k plan? In the past, the benefits information in the handbook has been limited because it can change so often. Instead, the handbook just points the employee to the summary plan documents.

The 'Ghosts of W-2s Past' need haunt you no longer

11/27/2014

It’s officially Payroll crunch time. The Social Security Administration is cracking down on employers that submit W-2/W-3 forms with errors ... but you already have everything organized and ready to go, right?

Another chore? Early W-2s and verification of FICA taxes paid

11/26/2014
Q: A terminating employee is requesting an early W-2. He’s also requesting that Payroll provide him with written verification that he hit the 2014 Social Security taxable wage base, even though his W-2 clearly shows this in Box 3. He insists that he doesn’t need to restart paying Social Security taxes with his new employer, since he maxed out for 2014. Is he correct?

Where time gets wasted at work

11/26/2014
Today’s knowledge workers spend only 45% of their time on primary job duties. The other 55% is squandered on meetings, email and administrivia. Here’s what workers say causes lost productivity.

Obama's executive action will affect tech employers

11/25/2014
President Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement that he would take executive action to protect about 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation set off a political firestorm, but the plan will affect relatively few employers.

Meet the new boss: How to approach an existing team

11/25/2014
Whether you’re managing a new team as a result of a promotion, job change or an organizational restructure, stepping in to lead a pre-existing team—and the established dynamics, group norms and expectations they tend to possess—demands a thoughtful management strategy. Here are some tips on how to manage a new staff.

What do kids want to be when they grow up?

11/25/2014
Good luck trying to recruit the kids these days. A new survey found that they most want to be superheroes and celebrities.

Getting the most out of exit interviews

11/24/2014
A team member’s departure offers a valuable opportunity to see how well the team is working and what might be done to improve conditions for future employees. Here are some guidelines to follow to get the most out of this conversation

DOL takes action on two minimum wage issues

11/24/2014
The Department of Labor (DOL) is closing out the year with a bang. It’s issued final regulations increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for employees who work on new or renewed federal contracts and has postponed enforcement action on its final regulations governing home care ­workers.

Bring Your Own Disaster? Delete legal risks with a smart BYOD policy

11/24/2014
Surveys consistently show that employees who work in a flexible workplace are happier and more productive. As a result, BYOD programs have taken off. BYOD programs do, however, come with greater information security concerns and legal risks.

The 15 weirdest interview questions posed in 2014

11/24/2014
Want to throw interviewees a real curveball? Consider some of these real-life questions asked in job interviews this year.

Liar, liar, pants on fire! That's what happens when you try to microwave them

11/24/2014
As has become an annual tradition, CareerBuilder.com asked more than 2,000 bosses to share their employees’ most dubious excuses for calling in sick.

Slip sliding away: How to handle weather-related absences

11/22/2014
Absences occasioned by bad weather can clash with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Here are the five key rules you need to know to make this winter (or any season) run smoothly.

State-by-state chart on 2014 W-2 mag media/e-filing requirements

11/21/2014
States have their own W-2 e-filing thresholds and specifications. This chart summarizes those requirements.

Curb your impatience with teams you lead

11/21/2014

Good intentions to spur people to action can often achieve the opposite effect. Team members may buckle under the pressure, rushing through their work and making mistakes. This only makes a bad situation worse.

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