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Woo VIP sponsor as group champion

10/21/2014
No matter how productive your HR team’s performance, its real impact depends on whether higher-ups will listen. That’s why you need to recruit a team advisor to make sure your group’s work pays off.

Holiday bonuses: Great for everyone's morale (but Payroll's)

10/21/2014
Holiday bonuses are a tradition at many companies. Employees usually receive their bonuses in December. But Payroll must begin planning for them now. Here’s what you need to know.

5 ways employers should respond to wage garnishments

10/20/2014
While the economy is finally waking up from the Great Recession, millions of Americans are still feeling the hangover in the form of wage garnishments. What if a lender wants a piece of your employee's paycheck? Here are five tips.

All large employers on the 2015 health care reporting hot seat

10/20/2014
Now is the time to make decisions regarding information reporting, since the first returns are due in 2016.

Communication Corner: October 2014

10/20/2014
It's the little things that make a difference in HR, and in your own workday. Here are some tips to try.

Disability bias charges up 64% since 2000

10/20/2014
The EEOC handled 25,957 charges of disability discrimination in fiscal year 2013, up from 15,864 in 2000.

Take a bite out of corporate travel expenses with per diems

10/17/2014
How can you keep employees out on the road without busting the company’s travel budget? You can get more bang for your travel buck if you use the federal government’s per diem rates.

Is an easier commute a disability accommodation?

10/17/2014
A New Jersey woman is suing her former employer, contending she was fired after requesting different hours so she could avoid rush-hour traffic.

Collection agency calls: Must we give workers' info?

10/17/2014
Q. Our small business sometimes gets calls from loan providers or collection agencies about our em­ployees. What information are we required to give?

Americans rank restaurants best of all business sectors

10/17/2014
The restaurant industry gets four stars from the American public. It achieved the highest positive ratings in a Gallup poll that asked consumers to rank 24 business sectors on a scale ranging from “very positive” to “very negative.” What else got positive reviews?

In pay case, Supreme Court asks: What is work?

10/16/2014
Does standing in line count as work? That was at the core of the Justice’s questions on Oct. 7 as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk (No. 13-433, U.S. Supreme Court, 2014).

Today's high schoolers could fill STEM skills gap

10/16/2014
Nearly three in four high school seniors know what career they want to pursue, and STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) top their choices.

Is mandatory retirement ever legal?

10/15/2014

Say you’ve got some older employees and you’re now wondering if they’re ever going to, you know, call it quits. Of course, you can’t give older workers a hard time so as to pressure them into leaving. That’s against the law. But could you maybe suggest—or even require—that they retire at a given age, say, 65 or 70?

Bubble, bubble, toil and year-end trouble

10/15/2014
This time of year isn’t just about the Halloween treats. You can avoid a witch’s brew of nasty year-end tricks by having a plan. Here’s some help to get you started.

Health benefit reporting on 2014 Forms W-2

10/15/2014
Here's a downloadable breakdown of health benefits and whether you must report them. The IRS has clarified that even if a benefit isn’t reportable, you may voluntarily do so.
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