Monthly Archives: February 2009

NLRB GUIDELINES ON WITHDRAWING RECOGNITION BASED ON LOSS OF MAJORITY SUPPORT

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued an updated guideline memorandum addressing when an employer may legally withdraw recognition from an incumbent union. Background: In 2001, the NLRB issued its opinion in Levitz Furniture Co. of the Pacific, holding that an employer may withdraw recognition from a union where it… Read more »

STATE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE LAWS

Does your state/province have any laws regarding leaves of absence that are similar to and/or conflict with FMLA? To see the answer, go to the Worklaw Network Site, www.worklaw.com/question_of_the_month.php?question_id=53.

PERSONAL USE OF EMPLOYER- PROVIDED VEHICLES

The use of a company owned or leased vehicle, like most employee fringe benefit, is generally taxable unless specifically excluded by law. Taxable fringe benefits are subject to employment taxes and must be included in the employee’s Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. There are special rules to withhold, deposit and report the employment taxes… Read more »

EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE CHECKLIST

Do you have well defined job descriptions? If not, please go to http://online.onetcenter. org. Do your employees know what you consider to be the most important parts of their job? Or, are you assuming they know? How would they know if they were performing these functions per requirement without having to ask you or having… Read more »

SHOULD YOU OUTSOURCE HR?

A Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey on the HR outsourcing efforts of 891 organizations came up with these findings: Nearly half of respondents (49%) felt that HR saved money for their business, while 28% felt it cost them money, and only 3% said costs remained about the same. The vast majority (85%) were… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: THE GREAT DIVIDE

One of the great struggles we face in a capitalist society is that between employees and owners. I am well aware of it even in my small business. Perhaps the greatest distinction is the level of responsibility that each is party willing to accept. Of course, when those responsibilities aren’t handled properly, they become risks…. Read more »

TAKE STEPS TO REIN IN THE COST OF PRESCRIPTIONS

As prescription co-payments for health plans continue to increase, and plan formularies continue to limit what medicines are covered, more and more people are finding themselves with tough decisions about how to pay for prescriptions. Even though Medicare Part D has offered some help, many seniors constantly struggle to pay for medications, especially those that… Read more »

KNOW THE FACTS REGARDING DISABILITY INSURANCE

Everyone has their reasons for not buying Disability Income (DI) insurance. Below are five of the most common. But do you know the facts? Reason 1: I can always get coverage in the future. Fact: True, but people usually develop health problems as they grow older, and premiums increase with age. Reason 2: My family… Read more »

CONSIDER OBJECTIVES AND CHOICES WHEN CONSIDERING TERM LIFE

If you’re shopping around for Life insurance, you might find the process to be confusing and frustrating. You’re not alone — Life insurance can be an extremely complex product, one that confounds consumers across the nation. However, many families discover that Term Life insurance is a relatively simple policy that fulfills all of their insurance… Read more »

PROTECT VALUABLE JEWELRY WITH THE PROPER INSURANCE

From glittering bracelets and watches to sparkling rings and necklaces, jewelry can be found in almost every home. Unfortunately, these trinkets and charms are not always properly protected. If you own expensive or extremely valuable jewelry, it’s important to make sure you have the appropriate insurance. Understanding the “sublimit” You might assume your valuable jewelry… Read more »