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Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 2

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to defending a workplace lawsuit, strong written policies with signed acknowledgements from your employees will go a long way. Another important element of being prepared is documenting employee problems and corrective actions. Even though it seems like common sense to fire an employee who repeatedly performs badly, you shouldn’t get too comfortable with “at will” employment. The doctrine (in most states) dictates an employer or employee can terminate employment at any time, with or without notice and with or without cause. If you follow this practice, you don’t even need a reason to let someone go, let alone documentation, but it won’t sit well with a judge and jury.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies

Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 1

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jun 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you’ve been in business any amount of time, you likely already know there’s nothing employers can necessarily do avoid lawsuits. In fact, you can do everything right and still get sued, so the goal to preventing workplace lawsuits from putting you out of business, is your ability to defend one, should you need to. Any time employers are required to defend themselves against allegations of wrongful conduct it costs money. However, the strength of your company’s HR practices can be the difference between a few thousand-dollars and a million.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies

An Employer’s Guide: How to Garnish Wages

Posted by Alison Cammick on Jun 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A wage garnishment is an involuntary court order that requires an employer to withhold a portion of an employee’s wages to pay part of that employee’s outstanding debt. The issuing agency will notify employers about the need to garnish an employee’s wages by issuing a writ of garnishment; and employers must legally comply. Many employers aren’t sure how to garnish wages, so they ignore the order and/or miss a response deadline.That decision could land you in court - or worse, leave you on the hook for the employee’s debt.

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, garnishments

3 Things to Look for in an Outsourced Payroll Company or PEO

Posted by Sarah Tupper on May 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Whether you’re an office manager, or a business owner trying to do the jobs of several people, payroll is an important aspect of running a business. Many managers and owners choose to outsource payroll because it’s time consuming, and requires a great deal of knowledge. Having an outside company handle payroll not only saves you time, but helps you avoid costly and sometimes embarrassing errors. Options range from companies with do-it-yourself software platforms to Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) that assume a high level of responsibility and liability on your behalf. Here are some things to look for when choosing a payroll company or PEO.

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Topics: Payroll, Small Business Management, Human Resources, top talent

An Employer’s Guide to Calculating Overtime

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on May 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to calculating overtime, employers need to pay extra attention to overtime requirements because a mistake can cost a lot more than 1 ½ times an employee’s regular pay. Federal overtime requirements are based on each individual workweek, which can be any fixed and recurring 168-hours (seven consecutive 24-hour periods).

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

Which Paycheck Deductions are Permissible?

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

To deduct or not to deduct? It’s a common question for employers and a complex issue you want to get right. For both exempt and non-exempt employees, permissible paycheck deductions typically include those required by law (taxes) or by court order (garnishments) and those at the request and for the benefit of the employee (benefits premiums, 401(k) deposits). Aside from those situations, you generally may not deduct from an exempt employee’s pay – with a few exceptions:

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, Hiring Employees, Hiring, Legal News & Compliance