Employees

Employees

What You Need to Keep Private

Employees expect their employers to safeguard their personal information. Social Security numbers, medical information and other sensitive information must be safeguarded from prying eyes. As an employer, you and your human resources staff must be cautious about who can access such information and how it is treated. What Information Must Be Kept Private? Sensitive information […]

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Navigating the W-2 Form

Employers use the W-2 form for reporting withholding and insurance requirements for employees. The threshold for issuing a W-2 is based on dollars and nothing else: the magic number is $600. If you paid at least $600 cash — including taxable benefits — you must issue a W-2 form. If any taxes have been withheld, […]

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Why Do Employees Quit?

  While better salaries or benefits can lure your talent to other organizations, compensation isn’t the only – or even the most common – reason that employees move on. Here are seven surprising reasons employees quit and what to do during the hiring process to stem turnover: The job or company is different from what […]

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Understanding Time and Attendance Rules

There are a lot of misunderstandings about what employers have to do — as opposed to what is simply customary — for nonexempt employees. (“Nonexempt” generally refers to employees who are not managerial and who thus are generally subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act—commonly known as the FLSA). Fortunately, the Department of Labor has […]

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When Should You Hire Freelance vs. Staff?

For more than a decade, the gig economy has transformed work and the way business works in America. Access to remote work has dramatically changed the definitions of work and workplace. More and more people work from home or off-site and more people these days have the moniker of consultant or contractor. Studies tout that […]

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Help Your Staff (Without Micromanaging)

When we see someone who is overwhelmed, our first thought might be to tell them to get it together, but that is hardly helpful. As a manager, it is your job to encourage your staff and help them with their burdens in a constructive way. And just doing the work for them doesn’t help. How […]

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How to Make Annual Reviews Work

If you think you’re nervous about giving an employee an annual review, take heart — your employees are nervous too. An annual review can be a positive, productive time to review progress, goals and triumphs, or it can simply be a salary review. Top companies treat annual reviews as a time for reflection and employee […]

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Is This Your Situation: Doing Background Checks

Of course, you want to know as much as possible about your new hires. Are they competent and trustworthy? Do they have terrible credit scores as a result of years of personal financial mismanagement? Have they done time in prison, and for what? There are many things you want to know, but the details you […]

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Maternity and Paternity Leave

Mothers and fathers have been navigating maternity and paternity leave policies for decades. Unfortunately, the U.S. has one of the least impressive frameworks for this time off in place. But with knowledge and planning, you can make this time work for you and your employees. You as an employer are legally mandated to offer very […]

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Taming Volatile Political Discussions in the Office

It seems like our appetites for politics are only becoming stronger. Despite the advice that we’re not supposed to talk religion or politics at the office, politics pop up at work. Many offices have guidelines prohibiting wearing political clothing or bringing campaign material into the workplace. The same goes for sending out political emails to […]

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