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Avoiding dangers in first five minutes of a U.S. Department of Labor Audit

Avoiding dangers in first five minutes of a U.S. Department of Labor Audit The manager at one of your locations notices an individual enter the establishment. The manager, assuming the individual is a customer, approaches to ask whether he can be of assistance. The individual is not a customer at all; instead, flashing her badge, she reveals she is a wage-and-hour investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor. Is your company prepared? Do your managers know how to respond to the investigator? Here are some top tips in what to do now, so you are prepared for a Dept. of Labor audit. Have an attorney or human resources professional audit your wage-and-hour practices, and review them at least annually. Make sure managers know what to do in the event the DOL comes knocking at the door. Make sure front-line staff know not to volunteer records or information on the spot to Dept. of Labor agents. They should ensure the investigator that the organization will be cooperative and politel ...

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How to Follow your Termination Template and Use the Termination Meeting to lower your legal risk.

How to Follow your Termination Template and Use the Termination Meeting to lower your legal risk. The termination meeting is an opportunity for an employer to minimize risk. Your termination template should include specific elements of the termination meeting. As an initial matter, you should carefully consider the personnel conducting layoffs. Someone with a direct supervisory relationship over the worker is advisable and a third party witness should attend the meeting. Employees should be given their final paychecks, severance, and any applicable notifications during the termination meeting so they are not walking away "empty-handed". Separation agreements and releases should be distributed and signed (if possible). Additionally, it is a good idea to conduct terminations earlier in the week to give employees an opportunity to file for unemployment and begin considering other employment alternatives. Modern Business Associates frequently deals with HR issues. As a Prof ...

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Large company benefits management needs from a professional employer organization

Large company benefits management needs from a professional employer organization As a large business executive, you may be considering outsourcing your payroll or HR processes. Savvy Professional Employer Organizations have developed specialized services and delivery systems that cater to needs specific to larger companies. A common requirement from large businesses working with professional employer organizations is for exceptional benefits support. In today's competitive job market large businesses know that a strong benefits package is a major inducement for attracting and retaining top talent. Large businesses use PEOs to offer benefits beyond the standard health, dental and as 401(k) plans. A more comprehensive benefit package provides you with a way to distinguish your company from competitors and gain a competitive edge. In addition to the standard offerings, large clients are requesting a broader array of benefits, such as health savings accounts, employer assistance programs (EAP ...

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Harassment Policy Violation - What to do when your new manager makes a firing mistake

Harassment Policy Violation - What to do when your new manager makes a firing mistake. Most companies want to do the right thing and make correct HR decisions. A quality HR program pays off in a multitude of ways. Still, companies sometimes make very bad decisions, or, more likely, employees may make poor decisions that you may have been unaware of when the decision was made. Reasons for ill-advised decisions vary, but many times these are rooted in a lack of proper knowledge and training. Bad manager decisions force you to operate reactively rather than proactively. While the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is absolutely true with respect to HR matters, there are times that the only thing you can do in a reactive mode is provide that "pound of cure." Let’s presume you already have a comprehensive antidiscrimination and harassment policy. In addition to the creation of the policy, proper notification of the policy and training were provided to employees. All appe ...

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Our Free Payroll Tax Calculator gives you state and city level accuracy.

Our Free Payroll Tax Calculator gives you state and city level accuracy. What is the use of a free payroll tax calculator, if it isn’t accurate? At Modern Business Associates, our free payroll tax calculator includes deductions, withholdings and includes state and city level nuances. For example: Delaware - Wilmington Earned Income Tax New York – New York City Resident City Tax Maryland – County Tax % Ohio – School Tax % Arizona - % of Federal State Tax To gain access to our free payroll tax calculator, just click on the little “Register” link on the right-hand side of any page on our site. After completing the single-page registration form, you’ll be able to click on the “Resources” tab and get to the “Paycheck Calculator.” The calculator includes the ability to take into account the federal, state and city level complications involved with calculating payroll deductions and taxes. At Modern Busi ...

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