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Management Buzz 11/03

Determining who's an employee and who's not; hiring vets might be your best bet

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Magic Number

Here's the kind of word problem you used to dread in the third grade: Bernstein Law Firm PC has 10 staffers, four nonpartner lawyers and four partners. How many employees does Bernstein have?

Not necessarily 18. If the partners don't count as employees, the total is 14. It's more than a semantic difference as far as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is concerned. The Americans With Disabilities Act requires companies with 15 or more employees to comply with its regulations regarding accommodations for employees' disabilities. If partners and owners count as employees, small companies whose head counts hover around 15 will have to comply.

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