Monthly Archives: July 2011

DEDUCTIONS FROM PAY: DOS AND DON’TS

Many employers are confused over what they may or may not deduct from pay. Here’s what the FLSA has to say: “[T]o qualify for exemption under the FLSA generally an employee must be paid at a rate of not less than $455 per week on a salary basis. As a rule, if the exempt employee… Read more »

THE ACCOMMODATION PROCESS: HURDLES, PITFALLS, AND GETTING OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY

What causes the accommodation process to break down? Job Accommodation Network (JAN) studies on the costs and benefits of job accommodations for people with disabilities show that there are three major hurdles to effective job accommodation solutions: Hurdle #1. Lack of information on what medical documentation an employer can request. Employees might not understand that… Read more »

SOCIAL SECURITY ‘NO–MATCH’ LETTERS RETURN WHAT’S AN EMPLOYER TO DO?

From 2009 until recently, the Social Security Administration did not issue “no match letters” — the notices from SSA that alert an employer to a mismatch between an employee’s name and social security number. The SSA halted these letters due to substantial controversy — and litigation — that challenged rules promulgated by the Department of… Read more »

FIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR EMPLOYEES’ EXPERIENCE

Management is concerned about employees meeting the specifications of their jobs. Beyond this, it makes sense to manage your employees so that they motivate themselves to exceed these requirements. Here are some guidelines that can help the cause: Be clear about what you expect from employees. One of my favorite questions is: “What are the… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: WHAT CEOs ARE LOOKING FOR FROM HR

When I gave a webinar for nearly 500 CEOs in the Vistage community, they asked me to respond to these questions: How do you drive productivity and customer service where the primary delivery is person-to-person? Would you address the Employee Free Choice Act? When facing downsizing, how do you keep key staff motivated? Can you… Read more »

TAKE A STAND FOR YOUR HEART HEALTH AND LIVE LONGER

Six hundred thousand Americans die each year due to heart disease, and more than 25 million live with heart disease each day. You can reduce your risk by making wise decisions regarding your diet and lifestyle. Here are 10 steps you can take to get started. Eat fish that is high in oils. Tuna and… Read more »

GENERIC PRESCRIPTION DRUGS RESULTS IN SAVINGS

Considering that everything from groceries to gas has skyrocketed during the country’s ongoing tough economic times, almost everyone is looking for any way they can to save, even if those savings are counted in pennies. In an attempt to save a few dollars on grocery bills, a lot of consumers have forsaken their usual name… Read more »

FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CONDO ASSOCIATION INSURANCE

A condominium unit owner usually has their own insurance policy that covers for loss of personal belongings, parts of the building that the condominium agreement makes individual owners responsible for insuring, the additional cost of living elsewhere after a fire damages a unit, and legal liability for injuries or damages suffered by others. In turn,… Read more »

HIRING A NANNY – KNOW AND MANAGE YOUR RISKS

Many working parents have had various issues and complaints with daycare and childcare centers. As an alternative to these forms of childcare, more and more parents are choosing to hire their own nanny or share one with another parent. However, many parents aren’t fully aware of the many financial risks involved with bringing a nanny… Read more »