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Most Recent Questions in Human Resources

Question added to topic Human ResourcesJune 16, 2008

Can my manager ask to see the hotel bill for my vacation?

As long as you are following the company’s policy in how and when you put in for vacation pay, what you do on vacation is your own business.  You cou (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJune 16, 2008

How do I find independent contractors for my real estate investing business?

Advertise for those positions … and just be clear and upfront about what type of professionals you are looking for and how they can work with you. Especially on the marketing side, you may need... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJune 4, 2008

I am paying for my employees' short-term disability and accident plans. Would it be an advantage to have it pre-taxed?

I would visit with your insurance agent. Normally if it's being taken as a tax-deductible expense, there is potential that any benefits paid would be taxable to the employee. The key is... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJune 3, 2008

How do I pay employees who worked on a paid holiday? We are paying all employees whether they worked or not.

I am assuming that you do not have an employee manual (published policies) and are not unionized. From the Department of Labor website, “The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJune 3, 2008

What criteria should I use for employee recognition?

Developing safety and work ethics incentive programs is a great idea. The first step is to establish the specific goals you wish to achieve so you can determine what behaviors should be rewarded.... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMay 29, 2008

How do I know when to hire?

Many companies simply hire when there is more work to do than the current staff can get done. You are wise to think that there is more to it than that. Your chief financial officer should work with... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMay 29, 2008

Can I pick and choose which employees I offer health insurance to?

It's not illegal to offer health benefits to just the top echelon of your company, but it may be difficult to find a broker/carrier who wants your business. That is, with fewer than 10 employees to... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesApril 29, 2008

How do I evaluate a PEO?

This can be very challenging! Hence, this very long response: Originally, when Professional Employer Organizations (employee leasing) became fashionable, the advantages of PEOs--for smaller... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesApril 29, 2008

What are the benefits and trade-offs of having 1099 employees versus W2 employees?

Technically speaking, anyone to whom you are sending a 1099 is not an “employee”; she or he is a “contractor” and calling him/her a “1099 employee” is slippery slope when regarding the view of the... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesApril 28, 2008

Can I give a personality test during the hiring process?

There has been a lot of misinformation published regarding the legality of using personality assessments. Unfortunately, many of those articles were written by attorneys who did not differentiate... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesApril 17, 2008

Should I give days off in exchange for weekend business travel?

If your employees are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, this is a judgment call on your part. I say if because salaried does not necessarily mean that they are exempt employees under the... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesApril 10, 2008

Do I still have to pay an employee through their 2 weeks notice?

I always recommend checking your own company's employee manual first. If it says that you do pay in lieu of notice, then you should do so; (although it sounds to me like you want to then take... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMarch 12, 2008

Do you legally have to advertise an open position in your company?

It is a good management practice to post job openings internally to give employees a chance to apply, find out more about the job, discover what they may need to do to be best qualified in the... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMarch 12, 2008

Is it legal to ask an employee about their health history?

I have to assume that you feel you have a legitimate reason for asking an employee to share his health history with you, but generally speaking, an employee’s health history is private and personal... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMarch 12, 2008

Is it legal to take pictures of the people who interview for a job at your company?

While video resumes and photos on resumes are becoming more in vogue at this time, photos are not a good idea in general because people could infer that you make your hiring decisions based on how... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMarch 5, 2008

How can we enhance our maternity leave program beyond our legal obligations?

Hello, While some states have more demanding requirements, in a nutshell, the legal obligations are to treat maternity the same as any other illness and to abide by the FMLA and any... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMarch 5, 2008

Can you suggest an efficient payroll company that includes web portal access?

Hello, I recommend Tri-Core to my clients and everyone who has given it a try is very happy. Tri-Core can provide the online payroll input, portals for your employees (self-service), and... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 29, 2008

How can I hire more employees and retain them with a seasonal business?

For people who own businesses that require employees for specific periods of time, it is a good idea to develop a list of local sources of the kind of talent needed. If you need techs, for... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 25, 2008

Should our small business freely share monthly and yearly revenue figures with all employees?

While I'm a big believer in "open book management," it's important to make sure that your employees' goals are aligned with the goals of your company. This means not simply sharing your... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 19, 2008

After looking at the end-of-year sales figures, how should I determine bonuses for my staff?

I think that your question is not how to determine how much each person receives as a bonus but rather how much the bonus “pot” should be that you ultimately divide up based on each individual’s... (more)
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