Do Employees Have Rights to Their Personnel Files?

An employee's personnel file contains important work-related information specific to him or her. This may include: Job description. Job application. Resume. Employment offer. W-4 form. Employee benefits forms. Emergency contacts. Employment contract....

Time off to vote?

HR Question: We have had a few employees ask if they can take time off to vote. Do we need to allow that? Answer from Kara JD, SPHR from our HR Support Center: Yes, you may need to allow employees time off to vote, and you may even need to pay them for it....

5 Tips for Grossing Up Severance Pay

An employee put in years of service with your company, or is an exemplary worker, but circumstances now lead to his or her departure. You have agreed to pay the employee severance, but you want him or her to receive the full amount, with no taxes taken...

How to Handle Supplemental Wages

Basically, supplemental wages include a variety of items paid in addition to regular wages. Whereas regular wages constitute straight-time hourly pay or fixed salary, supplemental wages include: Bonuses. Back pay. Commissions. Overtime pay. Lump-sum...

Financial Wellness Programs Gain Momentum

In 2017, CreditCards.com reported that 65 percent of Americans lose sleep because of financial stress, the highest figure since the Great Depression. Below are the top money worries keeping these people up at night: Health care costs. Saving for...

4 Steps for Conducting an Internal I-9 Audit

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) forbids U.S. employers from knowingly employing people who are not authorized to work in the United States. The IRCA also prohibits employers from employing individuals without using Form I-9,...

Employee Loans and Their Tax Consequences

A salary, or wage, advance is a type of short-term loan from an employer to an employee. The employee receiving the advance must pay back the money within a specified time frame, as dictated by the company's salary advance policy. Under federal law,...

Talking Politics at Work

HR Question: We usually don’t mind employees chit-chatting while they work, but some recent politics-related conversations have gotten rather loud and heated. Can we tell employees not to discuss politics at work? Chiropractic Office Manchester, NH Answer...

Overtime Pay: Up to Speed on the Details

Your business must comply with the minimums for calculating and paying overtime as required by federal and state laws. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor regulates overtime pay using the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires that...

How to Handle Employee Punctuality

You not only expect employee punctuality, but also that they understand that being reliable is important. Staff coming in late can have significant time and cost consequences; chronic lateness can negatively affect productivity and profitability....