Attract Staff With Down Payment Assistance

There's a good chance many of your employees, especially younger ones, are scrimping and saving to buy a home. Is there anything employers can do to help? Very possibly.First, a little background. The home ownership rate for third quarter 2018 is 64.4...

How to Calculate Employee Net Pay

If your payroll provider handles your payroll-processing responsibilities, you might not see the need to learn the ins and outs of calculating net pay. But imagine an employee seeking clarification on his or her take-home pay — do you know all the...

Employee Requests for ADA Accommodation

Under Title I of the ADA, employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to eligible disabled employees — unless the accommodations will cause undue hardship for the employer or pose a direct threat to the safety of those in the...

Can Employees Discuss Their Salaries at Work?

At worst, discussing salaries at work is akin to opening a Pandora's box. It can, for example, cause tension between employees, resentment toward management and a hostile work environment. To prevent this outcome, you might consider developing a policy...

What the GDPR Means for Employers

What is the GDPR?In January 2012, the European Commission created a proposal to reform data protection rules across the European Union (EU). Passed on May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a major component of this reform. The...

Minimum Wage When Working Remotely

Question: Do we pay employees working remotely the minimum wage of the state where our headquarters is located or the state an employee does the work?Answer from Marisa, SPHR:Good question. It comes up a lot with employers who have people working remotely...

Wage and Hour Implications of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of pushing the clock forward 1 hour during the summer so that daylight in the evening lasts longer. Each year, DST starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November.For example, on...

Employee Retention Strategy: Personalizing Employee Benefits

Studies show that employees are more likely to stay with their employer if they feel their needs are being met. With retention hinging on employers' ability to dial in to employees' needs, it's not surprising that personalized benefits are gaining...

Cost-of-Living Raises – Are They Mandatory?

Some state minimum wage adjustments are tied to the consumer price index, but otherwise, cost-of-living raises are not required by state or federal law. You just need to make sure you’re paying any applicable state and municipal minimum wages. That said,...