Organizations that advocate for paid parental leave recognize that for most employers, the decision of whether to offer that benefit will be rooted in economics. In a competitive environment, it's a rare employer that can afford to add to personnel costs without a bottom line-based rationale. The motivation of employers in California, New Jersey, Rhode [...]
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With so much focus in Washington on stemming illegal immigration and the erosion of job opportunities for U.S. citizens, chances appear better than ever that the E-Verify system will become mandatory. President Trump's 2018 budget proposal includes funds to upgrade the system so that it can handle greater capacity, that is, if Congress authorizes [...]
Q. I have employees who are literally accidents waiting to happen because they never seem to think before they take action. We have way too many Workers' Comp claims. However, our foremen and supervisors don't seem to be able to solve this problem. Can we discipline -- or even terminate -- employees for "no [...]
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 [...]
Recently HR&P was recognized for the 4th consecutive year by the University of Houston as one of the fastest-growing Cougar Alumni Owned or Operated businesses. Mike Holley ’90 and HR&P were celebrated at the 2017 Cougar 100 Awards Luncheon for the company’s continued growth and leadership in the Human Resource and Payroll community, and [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]