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IRS Explains the Differences between Tips and Service Charges

Employers in the restaurant, hotel, casino and other service industries must comply with laws associated with tips, including the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Internal Revenue Code. To assist them, the IRS issued Fact Sheet 2017-8 that explains the differences between tips and service charges for tax purposes. Are the Payments Discretionary? The IRS [...]

Cougar 100

We are pleased and honored to announce that for the 3rd consecutive year HR&P has been recognized by the University of Houston as one of the fastest-growing Cougar Alumni Owned or Operated businesses. Recently at the 2016 Cougar 100 Awards Luncheon, Mike Holley ’90, and HR&P were celebrated for the company’s continued growth and leadership [...]

Low Cost Recognition for Employees

Employees respond positively to positive recognition. Assuming that statement is true, a question follows: Does positive recognition to employees have to cost a lot of money? Debra Sikanas, an expert in the field of employee recognition, answered that question by first drawing a distinction between "reward" and "recognition." "Rewards are higher-priced incentives such as money [...]

How to Scale Your HR Operations to Meet the Needs of Your Growing Business

Imagine you’re a business owner that matches aspiring homeowners with all the various services they’ll need to buy a house—from mortgage brokers to lawyers to inspectors. You even find contractors for various home improvement projects once your clients move in. When you first opened for business, the housing market was just recovering from the great [...]

EEOC Prioritizes Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims

Every year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) releases detailed data on the number of discrimination cases received and the disposition of those cases. For the first time, in a recent release of stats from its 2016 fiscal year, it included LGBT-based sex discrimination charges in a data summary. This follows on the heels of [...]

Revised OSHA Regs Have Kicked In

The first part of the new OSHA "illness and injury" reporting regulations is straightforward enough. It states that those who are already required to file these reports must now submit the forms electronically, via a secure OSHA website. Companies not currently required to file injury and illness reports aren't affected by the new rules. Electronic reporting, [...]

Promote From Within Successfully: A Management Cookbook

Promoting non-supervisory employees to management roles can be a morale-booster for the promoted employee, and for others. Seeing a fellow employee move up the ladder gives coworkers reason to expect that, someday, they could rise to that level as well. Also, homegrown talent can be more economical, both by avoiding recruitment costs and because the [...]

Court: Outsourced Employees Count for COBRA Purposes

A U.S. Appeals Court recently ruled that the outsourced employees of a staffing company did count for purposes of determining whether the company met the small employer exception of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). Therefore, the court found the company was subject to the law, and imposed penalties due to the company's failure [...]

A Fresh Look at Incentive Compensation

Bonuses: They're not just for senior executives anymore. Many companies now offer performance-based incentives to rank-and-file personnel, too. But serious problems can occur when these incentives are too strong, poorly designed or insufficiently monitored. For example, in a widely reported recent case, a large national bank set aggressive sales goals that came with financial rewards. [...]

Avoid the Traps of Unequal Pay

On average, women are paid less than men, but the difference may be smaller than you think. You may have heard widely quoted statistics which can be misleading, such as the belief that women earn 76 cents for every dollar that men make. While men do make more, the gap narrows when you adjust for [...]