Monthly Archives: February 2010

FORM OF THE MONTH:

Independent Contractor Agreement (PDF) If you’re sure you have a proper 1099 arrangement, use this agreement to get it in cement. HR That Works Members can also access this document in Word format by logging on to the site.

DIPLOMA MILL SCAMS

The FTC has issued helpful guidelines to help employers avoid the pitfalls of false degrees. Click here for more information

A REVIEW OF THE 2008-2009 SUPREME COURT TERM

Worklaw Network Member Firm Franczek Radelet’s has provided us with a great summary of recent U.S. Supreme Court cases. Labor and employment-related cases figured prominently in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recently concluded 2008-2009 term. The Court’s conservative Justices continued to play a dominant role, with Justice Kennedy often casting the deciding vote. This trend will… Read more »

MOVING DOWN MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS

The recent Internet Labor Outlook Survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) included a question about the most important aspects of employee job satisfaction. The results, in order, were: Job security (63%) Benefits (60%) Compensation/pay (57%) Opportunities to use skills and abilities (55%) Feeling safe in the environment (54%) Relationship with immediate supervisor… Read more »

BEWARE OF PUNISHING EMPLOYEES WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT WAGES OWED

IMPCO Technologies found itself in a no-win situation. Just after having moved over to a new time-clock program, two employees approached their manager, Manuel Barbosa, claiming that they were not paid overtime for a couple of hours. Since their manager was also paid on an hourly rate, he realized that if they hadn’t been paid,… Read more »

CREATE A FUN WORKPLACE

Life is short. There’s absolutely no reason why we can’t have fun while making money every day. What follows are 13 suggestions that you might want to employ at your company. Set up a fun committee. Put some of the “funniest”� people at your organization in charge. Give them a budget maybe $10 per employee… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

My years as a litigation attorney provided me with excellent insight into failed business and employment relationships. Here are a few critical questions business owners, managers, and employees can ask themselves to make sure that their thinking is on the right path: Is it in the best interest of the team? There’s no substitute for… Read more »

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PHYSICIAN APPOINTMENTS

An average visit with your doctor lasts about 15 minutes. The key to making the most of these precious few minutes lies in preparation. You will make a few short minutes as productive as possible, when you take steps to plan in advance. The payoff from sound preparation will be both to your health and… Read more »

GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ADVANTAGES OF LIFE INSURANCE

You’re older now, your children are grown, and you have a plenty of assets, including a healthy retirement portfolio. So, should you ditch that Life insurance plan? Many people reach a point in their lives when they begin to question the necessity of Life insurance. Obviously, your situation has changed quite a bit since you… Read more »