Monthly Archives: November 2011

IRS ISSUES RULES FOR EMPLOYER-PROVIDED CELL PHONES

The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidelines to clarify the tax treatment of employer-provided cell phones. The guidance relates to a provision in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which removed cell phones from the definition of listed property, a category under tax law that normally requires additional recordkeeping by taxpayers. The Notice provides… Read more »

EXCLUSIONS FROM COVERAGE UNDER EPLI POLICIES

In addition to General Liability, Errors and Omissions (E&O), and Directors and Officers (D&O) policies, some employers also buy Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI). An EPLI policy usually covers claims by employees and former employees under federal, state, and local discrimination laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), etc. EPLI policies usually… Read more »

THE REALITY OF RETIREMENT PLANNING

In August 2011, CNNMoney.com polled more than 8,000 individuals asking whether their retirement plans are on track. More than half (51%) said “Yes,” 29% said “Not quite but we’ve got a plan,” 12% said “Retire? I’ll be working forever,” and 8% said “Haven’t got a clue.” This is consistent with other polls I’ve seen about… Read more »

WHEN TO USE EXPERTS IN TRIALS

A recent article in the California Labor Employment Law Review discussed the dos and don’ts of using HR experts in trial. Here’s a list of “appropriate” uses: Common techniques of employee screening and selection. Methods of employee evaluation. Techniques for selection of employees for promotions. Operation of seniority rules in a unionized workforce. Processes for… Read more »

SAGE ADVICE

A recent issue of Volleyball USA shared wise advice from 12 of the top volleyball minds in the nation. As someone who not only has coached kids’ teams, but also many executives, I found valuable pearls of advice in the article that can help all of us to be better managers and leaders: Control the… Read more »

OKLAHOMA HEALTH CARE WORKERS GET MORE THAN $244,000 IN BACK WAGES

Health Management Associates Inc., which operates Midwest Regional Medical Center (Oklahoma City, OK)., has paid $244,341 in overtime back wages to 1,064 registered and licensed practical nurses and certified medical assistants. Wage and Hour Division investigators found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, including deductions that were made for lunch breaks when employees were… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: IMPROVING EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY

Over the years, I’ve written and spoken about performance improvement/productivity many times. Here’s what I’ve come to notice and believe: People can only perform as well as the system within which they work. As Dr. Deming said, “Most employee failures are management failures.” People can’t perform beyond their abilities. This “Peter Principle” means we have… Read more »

TRIM COSTLY MEDICAL EXPENSES WITH GOOD HEALTH CARE HABITS

As the cost of health care expenses have continued to increase, health insurance has simultaneously become an important element to prevent people with health issues from choosing between not seeking needed care and going bankrupt. Whether privately purchased or employer-sponsored, health insurance plans do play a vital role in keeping health care costs in America… Read more »

IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET RELIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION ONLINE?

Individuals have more access to health information than they’ve ever had before. A simple Google search on a specific health topic can yield advice from hundreds of different sources. Although access to the information has improved with the inception of the internet age, the resulting concern is often the quality and reliability of the various… Read more »