Casual atmosphere keeps iProspect employees engaged

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?

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?

Is a salary only for full-timers?

Q. Can part-time employees be salaried?

Reimburse employees for expenses, or risk legal trouble


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.

Credit blind faith: Retirement confidence rises

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.

Back ban on off-the-clock work with action

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

Fired for insubordination? No unemployment benefits

Employees have to abide by reasonable rules whether they like them or not. Insubordination remains a reason to deny unemployment compensation to terminated workers.

Male candidate needs to 'support his family'? That's no reason to pay him more

Here’s a warning to pass on to any manager or supervisor involved in employee interviewing, hiring or supervision: Never make a sexist comment about pay or benefits. It may come back to haunt the organization should an employee later sue for sex discrimination or pay equity.

Small business owners: Do you offer health benefits?

Two-thirds of small business owners polled say they offer health insurance to their employees. However, size matters—the more employees, the more likely they receive health benefits.

Ban unwritten rules forcing off-the-clock work


Most employers think that if they just tell employees not to work more hours than their regular schedules call for, that’s the end of it. They put together a policy prohibiting off-the-clock work and figure, “Hey, problem solved.” But that may not be the case.

Informal hiring input does not an exec make


Managers and supervisors are often classified as exempt from overtime under the FLSA’s executive exemption. It requires that the employee have the authority to hire and fire or make hiring and firing recommendations that carry particular weight. Some employers believe they can meet this requirement by asking for recommendations or insight into potential hires. That’s not enough.

Minimum wage occupation you'd rather not know about

Starting pay for pilots at some small regional airlines is as little as $15,000 a year, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report. That’s $80 less per year than a full-time, minimum-wage fast-food worker makes.

Dow offers its employees free home energy audits


Employees, retirees and contractors of the Dow Chemical Co.’s Mid­­land, Mich., operation can get free home energy audits. The company has partnered with Dr. Energy Saver Lansing, a home performance and energy service.

Wage-and-hour 101

Wage-and-hour cases continue to flood the legal system. It’s critical to understand the laws that govern when workers must be paid.

NYC business owners settle ESOP fraud case for $10 million

The former owners of People Care Holdings, which provides in-home health services in and around New York City, have agreed to pay $10 million to settle charges they sold company stock to employees at inflated rates.
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