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Summertime ... and the living ain't easy for Payroll

04/22/2014
For Payroll, time-off complications make summer about as special as that first sunburn. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some no- or low-cost solutions that can take the sting out of summer.

CBO: Minimum wage hike would add $15 billion to U.S. payrolls

04/22/2014
Democratic efforts to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would cost private-sector employers an additional $15 billion per year, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Employees with less than $1,000 in retirement savings

04/21/2014
Employees know they should save for retirement. Nevertheless, the percentage of employees with less than $1,000 socked away has risen substantially since the economic collapse of 2008.

Hiring: How Facebook first impressions can mislead

04/21/2014
Screening out job candidates who look tipsy on Facebook may seem like an obvious way to avoid hiring irresponsible workers. But there are pitfalls to this approach.

6 ways to make sure MVPs keep playing for your team

04/21/2014
Here’s advice for bosses on the best ways to challenge, recognize and retain the best of the best.

Most 2013 EEOC charges were filed by employees in 10 states

04/18/2014
Ten states—mostly home to the nation’s largest cities or located in the South—accounted for 56% of all EEOC charges filed in 2013.

Casual atmosphere keeps iProspect employees engaged

04/18/2014
Employees of digital marketing firm iProspect play foosball and shoot hoops in between working with clients who hire the firm to boost their online presence.

Can we pay opportunity wages to a rehired employee?

04/18/2014
Q: Last March, we hired a staff member’s college freshman daughter for several weeks and we paid her the $4.25 an hour opportunity wage. We’d like to hire her again for the summer. Can we continue to pay her $4.25 an hour?

Can we discipline an employee for his girlfriend's actions?

04/18/2014

Q. We have an employee whose girlfriend has come in and wandered through the production floor without permission. We have escorted her out of the building twice in the last month. What are our options if she comes in again? Should we call the police? Is there any way we can discipline the employee because his girlfriend keeps calling in several times a day wanting to talk with him?

Is a salary only for full-timers?

04/18/2014
Q. Can part-time employees be salaried?

Honda issues social media guidelines for its employees

04/17/2014
Some companies encourage employees to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other networks to spread the word about their work. So Honda Motor Co., among others, has issued social media guidelines for employees, with a caution.

Credit blind faith: Retirement confidence rises

04/17/2014
Americans are more confident that they’ll be able to retire comfortably than they have been in years, but their confidence may be based on little more than wishful thinking. That’s one way to read the results of the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 24th annual Retirement Confidence Survey.

Reimburse employees for expenses, or risk legal trouble

04/17/2014

If employees aren't properly reimbursed for business-related expenses they incur while performing their jobs, their pay may fall below minimum wage. And if that’s the case, they can quit and sue. The claim? Constructive discharge.

HR temp jobs growing fast--and paying well

04/16/2014
HR specialists will be among the most sought-after and best-paid temporary workers through the end of the year, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder.com and Economic Modeling Specialists International.

Back ban on off-the-clock work with action

04/16/2014
Don’t assume that merely having a written policy that prohibits working off the clock will insulate you from liability. You must do more.
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