ARTICLE ARCHIVES

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.

Mandatory morning stretching reduces stress-related injuries

11/21/2014
With hard hats on, Skanska Con­­struc­­tion Group crews all over the country start their day by stretching in 15-minute group exercise classes right on their job sites.

Take credit for your health benefit contributions

11/21/2014
If you’re shopping around for group health benefits on the SHOP, don’t forget to factor in the value of the small business health care credit when evaluating the cost of a group policy.

Payroll 2015: What you need to know now

11/20/2014
Increases to the personal exemption amount, which doubles as the annual withholding allowance amount, are based on increases to the August Consumer Price Index. Here are the crucial payroll figures you need now.

EEOC files its first case alleging transgender bias

11/20/2014
For the first time in its history, the EEOC has filed suit against employers alleging discrimination against transgender employees.

Beat the chill of an ICE inspection: How to survive an I-9 audit

11/20/2014

Could you put your hands on all the necessary records if the auditor came for them today?

Employees can sock away more for retirement next year

11/19/2014
The amount employees can contribute to their 401(k) or 403(b) plan accounts increases to $18,000 for 2015, the IRS has announced.

How to weather winter, HR's busiest season

11/19/2014
From establishing inclement weather policies to rethinking year-end bonuses, check out our guide to surviving the cold and the unexpected.

Fraud alert: No shortcuts when hiring seasonal staff

11/19/2014
With seasonal hiring expected to be at its highest level in years, fraud experts warn that companies that loosen their usual processes to ramp up staffing can wind up increasing their fraud risk.

Unwritten rules: Flex benefits depend on informal policies

11/19/2014
Most employers allow some kind of flexible working arrangement. However, that’s often due to casual agreements between bosses and workers. Informal flex deals are more common than formal policies.

If an employee wants to earn less, not more, what could possibly be the legal risk?

11/19/2014
Q. Can we pay an employee minimum wage for a position that usually pays more? We have an applicant who doesn’t want to lose her pension benefits and can work for minimum wage yet still qualify to receive her pension. Should we have her make that request in writing?

401(k) contribution and catch-up limits increase

11/18/2014
The amount employees can contribute to their 401(k) or 403(b) plan accounts increases to $18,000 for 2015, the IRS announced.

Participation in retirement plans starts ticking up again

11/18/2014
The percentage of workers participating in an employment-based retirement plan increased in 2013 for the first time since 2010, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute.
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