Monthly Archives: August 2012

Six Issues for Businesses to Consider When Managing Remote Employees

August 13th, 2012

Allowing employees to work from home can provide significant benefits for employers and employees. It can improve morale, reduce real estate and facility costs — and even reduce traffic congestion and make the environment cleaner. However, when the appropriate oversight is lacking, fraud and abuse can result and wipe out many, if not all of the...

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Job Descriptions: A Smart Move — But Only If Done Correctly

August 13th, 2012

The benefits of having a good system of employee job descriptions in place (and the risks when you do not) are worth the effort. To name a few:  Legal protection. In the absence of a reasonably detailed job description, employers can be sitting ducks if an employment relationship goes awry and a disgruntled or terminated...

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Healthcare Tax Changes that Remain in Place

August 13th, 2012

On June 28, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Numerous tax changes are included in the law. Some have already gone into effect and others are scheduled to kick in over the next several years. This chart briefly summarizes some of the most important tax changes,...

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The Supreme Court Adds Clarity to a Much Disputed Overtime Pay Issue

August 13th, 2012

In a closely watched case, Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the claim of two former pharmaceutical sales representatives, backed by the Department of Labor (DOL), who believed they were owed overtime pay. On June 18, the nine Supreme Court Justices voted 5 to 4 to reject that claim. Here’s...

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Department of Labor Attempts to Make FMLA More Accessible

August 13th, 2012

According to the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WDH), one of the greatest challenges they face in enforcing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is “that too often, employees are unaware that they have rights under the FMLA, or that the FMLA even exists.” The FMLA is described as “very technical, unwieldy,...

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