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The distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine has made many Americans see the long-awaited light at the end of the tunnel. But the journey is far from over, especially for employers.
Is it legal to fire employees for posting inflammatory comments on Facebook? Can workers claim “free speech”? And when are their words or actions considered “protected activity”?
The W-4 form used to be a simple half-page. Now it looks like a tax return … and employees have to do math! Even after a year with this format, the new withholding rules still spark tons of questions from both employees and Payroll/HR professionals. Employees are making costly mistakes and they’re blaming you.
In this slumping economy, you need to work even harder in interviews to sort the wheat from the vast amount of candidate chaff. So how can you cut through all those stiff, scripted answers?
Whether you’re in a large corporation, small business, or somewhere in between - performance reviews are a vital part of managing employees. In fact, successful reviews can improve both employee performance and morale. With the process in place, you can turn an often-dreaded task into a powerful tool for individual and organizational success.
Whether your employee handbook is homegrown or crafted by experts, it’s critical you update it on a regular basis. Especially now, as business policies have to rapidly change to adapt to operating during a pandemic and in its aftermath. Plus topics like social media, grooming, harassment and paid leave continue to make headlines, typically at the employer’s expense.
Winter is crunch time for complying with your Affordable Care Act mandate to provide health care information reporting to employees. And while the pandemic means you’ll have an extra month (until March 2), to provide employees with forms, that’s only one day after you have to file with the IRS! The bad news is that the IRS isn’t going easy on you anymore.
Trudging to the office is so … 20th century. These days, anyone can work from anywhere. And they do. But having employees across different states can trigger unintended payroll liabilities in states far from your corporate offices. Even if employees only work occasionally in different states, you could be liable to pay taxes there. And one tax liability usually leads to a host of others. Depending on state rules, you could also be on the hook for corporate, excise, and unemployment taxes.
One big trend that is arguably here to stay thanks to the pandemic is telecommuting. And with it comes a long list of compliance obligations. Learn how to set telecommuting rules that are legally sound and clarify management and employee expectations. Noted employment attorney (and telecommuter!) Anniken Davenport will walk you through the simplest and most sound legal strategies on remote worker compliance.
For HR departments, the legal process for completing I-9 forms has changed more in recent months than in the past 30 years. The same is true for the E-Verify system. One thing that hasn’t changed: Federal audits of I-9s are skyrocketing—up more than 400%.
The pandemic changed many things … including your handling of employees’ expense reimbursements. For example, more employees are working remotely. But which of their expenses can you reimburse tax free … and what’s the right way to do it? While the new stimulus law lets you write off 100% of employees’ meal expenses, which deductions are still disallowed and do you need to itemize?
How do you handle employees' first few hours … first few days … and first few weeks on the job? Do you simply throw new hires to the wolves with a "sink or swim" message?
More than a third of HR professionals have a certification to their name. At the HR director level, it’s more than half. Research shows that carrying an HR certification results in a higher salary, better job prospects and greater respect in the industry. But it's a bit of a risk, right? And with pass rates hovering near 50%, the tests are certainly no picnic.
Millions of Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus, so it's likely some of your employees will become infected in the coming months. One wrong move could lead to additional infections, the closing down of your operations, plus a legal and PR nightmare.
If you keep all your personnel records, you could be liable for not complying with the Federal Trade Commission’s “disposal rule,” which requires you to dispose of paper and electronic records in a reasonable way. If you keep nothing, you’re virtually guaranteeing that you’ll lose every legal battle. Get the rules for developing a lawsuit-proof records-retention policy for disciplinary documentation, performance evaluations, workplace investigations and medical data. You’ll reduce the clutter, streamline record retrieval and protect yourself in court.
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has completely up-ended business as usual. As an HR professional, there’s a lot on your plate. Sending workers home … providing leave … keeping everyone safe … understanding the new legislation and policies. All while trying to maintain normal business operations. We know you’ve got about A LOT to think about and work through. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive guide for you. The Employer Response to Coronavirus: A Practical and Legal Approach to Employee Leave, Productivity, Safety and More covers all the pandemic-specific topics you need, all in one place. Compiled by our attorneys and HR experts, The Employer Response to Coronavirus is your go-to for all things related to your workforce and the pandemic.
The biggest challenge for managers? Managing your own workload. At last, there’s one resource that helps you do everything better. The Manager’s Handbook: 104 Solutions to Your Everyday Workplace Problems will help you manage better from day one. No lofty theories or buzzwords – just practical advice that helps you get the job done while staying out of legal trouble. Manage better – and become and even more valuable member of your management team.
Clear, common-sense employment law advice that cuts directly to the bottom line. An attorney may say what the law is – but the monthly issues of HR Specialist: Employment Law and its related weekly e-letters explain what managers and HR professionals should do that is both safe and practical in the real world of business.
No matter who’s giving them, performance reviews are just … difficult. It would be so great to get this headache under control … ease your management burden … free yourself to concentrate on things that really matter. Now you can, with Performance Reviews: A Complete How-to Guide. This resource is packed with the essentials you need to get your HR staff on track.
As an administrative professional, you’re constantly pressed for time. And while you can’t add more hours to the day, there is a simple way to better manage your time: by advancing your skills on the programs you already use every day. Armed with 59 Technology Tips for the Administrative Professional, you’ll do more than harness the latest office technology to your advantage. You’ll enhance your value to the organization – and dramatically increase your marketability!
Many organizations aren't 100% sure about which employees are considered exempt from being paid overtime and which are nonexempt. The FLSA Compliance Guide has saved many confused and frustrated managers from expensive, unnecessary lawsuits involving not just overtime pay, but pay for travel time … inclement weather closings … even smoking breaks and jury duty, plus the gray areas of timekeeping and paying independent contractors.
In addition to providing plain-English HR advice that tells readers what they can do, not just what they can’t do, monthly issues of The HR Specialist and its related weekly e-letters show HR professionals how to raise the profile of the HR function from the back office to the boardroom. Readers will find personal success by developing innovative solutions to general management problems.
Protect your company with the comprehensive and easy-to-understand instructions in The Employer’s Practical Legal Guide. Prepared by top employment attorneys — then translated into plain language for business people — this must-have manual has everything you need to know to stop trouble before it starts … and limit the damage from innocent mistakes. More than 80 checklists and self-audit questionnaires help you target your company’s weak spots and correct them quickly.
You may know how to survive in today’s fast-paced admin world, but do you know how to thrive? You’re not the only admin to face the challenges you come across every day. Now you can learn how to tackle them from the people who have been where you are — other admins. You’ll learn how to master technology (before it masters you), work well with everyone and even advance your career. The Admin Pro Handbook is your own personal job coach!
Is your employee handbook an open invitation to sue you? With Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook you’ll fix the 10 disastrous mistakes found in almost every employee handbook and protect your organization against today’s newest trends in litigation. You’ll avoid the “cookie-cutter” trap and the policy-procedure blur, and secure enough wiggle room so you don’t get pinned down in court. Stop wondering about how you might be vulnerable — order Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook today.
People join companies, but they leave managers. Discover the tips, tricks and techniques you can use to motivate employees … banish negativity … recruit (and retain) top performers … and excel at managing people at work. Get management advice when you want it, the way you want it, with Managing People at Work.
Difficult People at Work: How to deal with credit grabbers, tyrants, space cadets, saboteurs … and 20 other challenging personality types
Discover how to identify and manage the 24 most challenging personality types! Working with underhanded, self-centered and troublesome people can be infuriating. Difficult People at Work gives you proven, practical strategies you can use immediately to restore the balance of power, improve your own working environment and put problem people in their place.
In today's highly regulated, litigious society, a single misstep can trigger lawsuits that blow away your company's morale, productivity and profitability. That's why you need clear and consistent policies on your organization's rules, standards and benefits. The Book of Company Policies offers expert guidance on what policies you need and how to write them ... communicate them ... and put them to work. You'll steer clear of potential legal landmines — helping your supervisors and managers save time and avoid daily hassles.
The administrative professional’s guide to accelerated career development. Administrative Professional Today offers practical advice on office efficiency, politics, communication, time management, supervisory problems and technology. The monthly issues and weekly electronic forum give special attention to the changing duties of administrative professionals in today’s business environment.
By converting proven theories into practical advice, Leadership Briefings helps aspiring leaders learn how to make sound decisions that will raise productivity and fatten the bottom line; negotiate with vendors, competitors, employees and clients; innovate and inspire creativity in their teams; and delegate authority so that they can manage their time and achieve more at a higher level.
Smart small business owners save thousands of dollars per year on their personal and business taxes by taking advantage of the legal loopholes that the government creates for their unique tax situation. Small Business Tax Strategies cuts through tedious tax code to reveal the bonanza of completely legal opportunities to grow personal wealth and secure an enjoyable retirement.
Compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is indeed costly and confusing. Take control with the quick and easy advice in this practical resource, updated with the 10 key changes you need to know in the FMLA’s revised regulations. You’ll learn what steps to take in hundreds of real-world situations, plus discover the 8 issues you must cover — in writing — with an employee requesting FMLA leave, whether you can legally fire someone who is on FMLA leave and an amazingly simple strategy that prevents employees from taking 24 weeks of back-to-back leave. The FMLA Compliance Guide is guaranteed to give you concrete answers to your most perplexing FMLA questions.
Do your managers have the HR know-how they need? Too often, employees are given managerial jobs based on their performance in non-managerial positions — not on their supervisory skills. Help them figure out the HR aspect of their job by downloading, customizing and distributing HR Memos to Managers. Your “good-faith” effort to train your managers on sexual harassment, retaliation, FMLA compliance and 80+ other tricky topics will go a long way with the courts. Protect your organization now and in the future with HR Memos to Managers.
A study by Leadership IQ found that 46% of new hires are either fired or disciplined within their first 18 months. And in a staggering 89% of those cases, the reason for the action isn’t incompetence, but attitude. You can teach technical skills, but you can’t teach attitude. Hiring for Attitude helps you make great hires every time.
Tough Talks: Scripts & Strategies for Difficult Employee Discussions Managers and HR professionals are routinely forced to discuss those uncomfortable topics with employees. But most never learned how. Now you can, with Tough Talks: Scripts & Strategies for Difficult Employee Discussions. This insightful training offers realistic sample dialogues to help you sidestep potential awkwardness and conduct clear, direct discussions with employees. You’ll not only learn exactly what to say, but how to say it.
A one-stop ready reference with all the answers on pay, overtime, compliance and related matters. Compliance and audit advice and counsel. Vetted by lawyers with years of experience in employment law, payroll and tax compliance. Tables, charts, checklists galore. Overtime, Compliance, and Other Tricky Pay Issues truly is career insurance for folks like you.
How do you react when faced with poor-performing or disruptive employees? Don’t just stick your head in the sand and hope the situation improves. Learn practical, real-life tools to handle even the toughest problem employees from Problem Employees: Coach ’Em, Discipline ’Em, and Turn ’Em Around.
When it comes to independent contractors, what you don’t know can hurt. Get step-by-step instructions on how to comply with IRS requirements without compromising your ability to make cost-effective hiring decisions. You’ll learn about the IRS’ 10-question test to determine classification, see a sample contract and review guidelines for 22 states with even stricter rules. Hire — or don’t hire — without fear!
Individuality can lead to a unique workplace, but restrictions on an employee’s expression can lead to discrimination and retaliation lawsuits… lower morale… and unwanted government attention. Regulating Employee Conduct On & Off the Job will help you learn exactly what you CAN and CAN’T do to regulate employees’ conduct – and how to satisfy the often-conflicting demands of the law.
Avoid potential penalties, fines and lawsuits by keeping current on payroll legislation and by clarifying important issues such as in-plan Roth IRA rollovers, FLSA compliance trouble areas, FSA/HAS reimbursements and the Health Care Tax Credit. Also included in Payroll Legal Alert are useful calendars and worksheets designed especially for payroll specialists.
Disciplining employees requires a delicate balancing act. Push too hard and you alienate people. Tiptoe around the core issue and you confuse people. It’s never easy, and most managers never learned how. Now you can — with What to Say When You Discipline: 10 Phrases Every Manager Needs to Know. No interview is more difficult to tackle than a disciplinary one. When you know what to do and what to say, you can get all your employees back on track smoothly and efficiently. AND it’s easy once you know just 10 simple phrases.
With our new and updated Payroll Compliance Handbook, you’ll quickly and easily find answers to all of your nagging payroll questions. This handy reference is written in plain English – no legal gobbledygook here – so you can quickly understand what you need to do to stay in compliance, improve efficiencies and avoid costly payroll errors. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of payroll management and compliance… and every issue of payroll compliance you need to know is addressed.
Was it putting your foot in your mouth in front of higher-ups? Mishandling introductions between two clients? Saying something inappropriate at a meeting? Embarrassing mistakes have happened to all of us, but you can put them behind you. Career success depends on growing past the awkwardness into the mature poise that others can rely on. Using the strategies found in Mastering Business Etiquette & Protocol, you’ll look forward to professional interactions as opportunities to shine while advancing the organizational agenda – and your own career. Get your copy now!
The Retirement Tax Guide explains how you can maximize your retirement dollars by taking full advantage of the many tax-reducing shelters, trusts, credits and deductions available. You’ll learn the pros and cons of every imaginable financial strategy, along with step-by-step advice to make them work for you. The Retirement Tax Guide takes the guesswork out of financial planning. Along with our straightforward advice, it provides handy checklists, work sheets, sample calculations and detailed examples to illustrate the effects of various financial strategies on your tax liability, income and wealth. And the snappy “Tax Trap” warnings will help you steer clear of potential disasters.