How to Motivate Employees to Use Wellness Programs

Employers are incorporating wearables into their workplace wellness programs. How can they promote health and well-being? Read on: Give employees these devices or offer a subsidy rather than requiring them to buy them completely on their own. Set goals; encourage...

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How to Communicate With Your Staff

Don't let poor communication among your workers and managers get worse. It can lead to a serious decline in your firm's health. But there are ways to perk up communication. Here are some smart tips for improvement: Check in with employees on a regular basis. Meet with...

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Managing the Ubiquitous Form 1099

Managing the Ubiquitous Form 1099 Payroll One of the most important tax and payroll issues a company has to address is who is an actual employee and who is an 1099 independent contractor. Once you have that worked out, your next step is making sure each category of...

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What Paid Holidays to Give Off

For all full-time employees, 7.6 is the average number of paid holidays in the U.S. Professional and technical staffers average 8.5 paid holidays, while clerical and sales employees average 7.7 paid holidays. Blue collar and service workers have, on average, seven...

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You’re Confused About Overtime

  In most circumstances, employers must pay overtime to nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours a week. (In some states, overtime is more than 8 hours a day.) But not everyone qualifies for overtime pay. In most cases, the line is drawn between hourly and...

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How Much of a Raise Should You Give?

  If you run a business with employees, you have at some point wondered how you should compensate them for good work. It's actually a much trickier task than people realize. You have to take into account employee morale, employee performance and market averages....

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New HSA Plan Limits For 2018

New HSA Plan Limits For 2018 For 2018, individuals can contribute up to $3,450, up from $3,400 in 2017, while family contributions are up to $6,900, up from $6,750 in 2017. The maximum out-of-pocket figures are up too: $6,650 for single coverage, up from $6,550 in...

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Overwhelmed by Hiring and Recruitment

Overwhelmed by Hiring and Recruitment To get started simplifying your hiring and recruitment chores, use technology to target the right people: Create a recruitment strategy that starts with understanding project needs and company goals. Identify the critical roles...

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Performance Improvement Plans

  Surprisingly enough, employee performance improvement plans have nothing to do with general performance improvement of your average employee. Instead, they help problematic employees come up to a company standard. What a manager is saying to the employee with a...

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How to Calculate Severance Pay

Although there is no legal requirement to offer severance, many companies provide it to employees after their employment is terminated. In general, severance pay is based on length of employment. You may decide to offer a week’s pay for every year of service, or a flat amount based on six weeks’ pay. When provided, it’s given either as a lump sum or paid over a number of weeks.

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The Ins and Outs of Checking References

  Over the past decade or so, references have fallen out of favor. This is unfortunate, because they are the best indicator of potential success a company can receive about prospective candidates. References are not just a formality — they are necessary to ensure...

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New Form I-9 Use Mandatory by Sept. 18, 2017

New revisions to Employment Eligibility Verification need to be used for new hire verifications by Monday, September 18, 2017. Form I-9 will help you verify your employees’ identities and employment authorizations while clarifying timelines for certain I-9 processes:...

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