There are a variety of reasons that an employer might want to classify a worker as an independent contractor (IC). Unfortunately, no matter how good the reason or how short of a time the worker works for you, if they don’t pass the tests established by the Department of Labor (DOL) and IRS, they must be classified as an employee. Failure to do so could result in significant penalties due to both wage and hour and tax withholding violations.Read More
The Six Parts of the Independent Contractor Test
The Most Common Employee Engagement Challenges
Every organization strives for a workforce that is engaged, inspired, and motivated to perform at its best day in and day out. But what is the reality?Read More
How Do You Fire a Popular Employee?
Eight years ago you hired an extremely talented, energetic individual who quickly became a source of enthusiasm and expertise in your workplace. A friend to everyone, this star employee excelled in their work, acing every performance review. Until recently.Read More
7 Ways to Improve Employee Retention
According to Gallup, 51% of employees are looking for a new job, and 68% of employees believe they are overqualified for the job they have. Even engaged employees are job hunting at an alarming rate—37%. Employees who change jobs cite career growth opportunities, pay and benefits, management, company culture, and job fit as reasons for doing so.Read More
4 Reasons You Should Document Poor Employee Performance
The importance of documenting performance problems as they occur cannot be overstated. Although this requires meeting with the employee and discussing the issue, which will almost certainly be uncomfortable, it’s your best defense to a wrongful termination claim should the employee feel litigious after termination.Read More
The 5 Most Common Payroll Management Mistakes
In the world of payroll, the devil is most definitely in the details. Throughout the years, we have served companies of all sizes, in all industries and we have seen firsthand that there is one fundamental truth to handling payroll: Do It Right The First Time.Read More
Email Monitoring in the Workplace
As a general rule, employees should not have an expectation of privacy when using company computers or email accounts. That said, the law is not perfectly cut and dry, so you should have both a legitimate business reason for doing so and a policy that puts employees on notice that you do – or could – review their email.Read More
What to Do if You Suspect an Employee is Stealing
You have good reason to suspect an employee has been stealing money from work. How should you respond? Consider suspending this employee and conducting an internal investigation. You may also want to report the theft to law enforcement depending on the circumstances.Read More
8 Workplace Recycling and Green Office Tips
Recycling is not a new concept, but the ways in which we can recycle are increasing faster than ever. Everything from printer toner to food waste can now be properly reused, recycled, or composted. Recycling in the office just takes a little extra encouragement and dedication.Read More
How Well Do You Know the FMLA Coverage Rules?
The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.
So how do you calculate whether you're an employer covered under FMLA?Read More