Four Mistakes Employers Make with Workers’ Comp

Many employers look at Workers’ Compensation as just another unavoidable cost of doing business. It’s usually one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind issues when rates are low. It’s not until employers are hit with rate hikes that they really start to give some thought to it. Employers need to look at Workers’ Compensation as a tool…

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New Nevada Legislation Affects Noncompetition Agreements

In June of last year, Nevada’s Governor signed Assembly Bill 276 into law, which amended Chapter 613 of the Nevada Revised Statutes relating to, among other things, “noncompetition covenants.” The new law has yet to make its way through the courts but presents significant changes to previously existing law and calls into question whether an…

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Performance Evaluation Policy

Performance appraisal policies commonly contain two mistakes. They make a promise that may turn out to be hard to keep. And they attach wage reviews to the performance evaluation. Mistake #1: Does your employee handbook say something like this: “Employees will receive a performance appraisal each year on their anniversary?” A well-intended statement, but one which has…

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Perfect Your Job Ads Now!

The best-qualified applicants for open jobs are often difficult to recruit. To attract more of the best job seekers, start with writing “help wanted” ads to pull in the people you want. Following are guidelines, tips and examples to help you. Put the job title or position name at the very top, left, above the headline….

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IRS Explains the Differences between Tips and Service Charges

Employers in the restaurant, hotel, casino, and other service industries must comply with laws associated with tips, including the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Internal Revenue Code. To assist them, the IRS issued Fact Sheet 2017-8 that explains the differences between tips and service charges for tax purposes. Examples from the IRS Example: A restaurant’s menu…

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Putting a Lid on Harmful Gossip

Every workplace has some amount of “workplace chatter” among employees. But when this idle, trivial talk turns into malicious gossip about coworkers, management or confidential workplace matters, the employer can do something about it. Gossip Worldwide Gossiping — from the idle chatter to malicious rumor-mongering — is a workplace activity throughout the world. For example, an…

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Check the Benefits of Payroll Cards

If your company has a lot of employees who don’t have bank accounts or who work on the road or in remote locations, a payroll card system could save your business money in processing costs while making it easier for employees to access their wages.  An Employer’s Checklist    Before signing with a payroll card provider,  Consumers Union…

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Replacing Employees Costs Big Dollars

The cost of employee turnover is alarming for many businesses. The latest statistic available from the  Employment Policy Foundation suggests the average cost of turnover to employers is $13,355 per full-time private-sector employee replaced. Keep in mind, this study was done several years ago so chances are this figure has risen considerably. Still it is enough to be troubling. An important…

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Creative Employees Churn Out Ideas

“No idea is too far out… There’s a whole lot of creativity going on around here!” If asked, employees might say this about their workplace at DEI Inc., in Cincinnati, OH. DEI stands for Dedication, Ethics and Innovation, and DEI certainly is innovative when it comes to dealing with employees. DEI Inc. designs financial institutions all…

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How to Make Online Recruiting Applicant-Friendly

Online recruiting of applicants is now commonplace for employers. Unfortunately, recruiting over the Internet and from a company’s website has at least two downsides: Online recruiting can attract large numbers of applications from unqualified and under-qualified people, wasting much time for those involved in the hiring process. Poorly designed web pages and poorly worded recruitment…

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