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What’s Missing from Most Harassment Policies

First Missing Element: Many of these policies distributed to employees address only the topic of sexual harassment and sex discrimination. What's missing is a broader statement that prohibits all forms for illegal harassment and illegal discrimination. Federal and state civil rights and anti-discrimination laws protect employees from many kinds of harassment and discrimination, not just sex-related. A solid policy, one whch helps give the employer a basis for defending against charges of illegal harassment and illegal discrimination, needs to clearly tell employees that: "The Employer prohibits harassing and discriminatory behavior in the workplace or while [...]

By |August 28th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

What Is the Difference Between these Health Insurance Terms?

Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers and employees may now be expected to have a greater understanding of health care vocabulary. Some terms are new under the ACA, but many have been around for a long time and are still not fully understood. Others are similar in meaning and are easily confused. Here are some terms from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that employers and employees should know. What's the difference between a flexible spending account (FSA) and a health savings account (HSA)? An FSA is an arrangement you set [...]

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Claiming Your Parent as a Dependent

If you pay over half the cost of supporting a parent, he or she is considered your dependent for federal income tax purposes — which may qualify you to some significant tax breaks. Here are the details. New Credit for a Dependent Parent For 2018 through 2025, your dependent parent may qualify you for a new $500 tax credit under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The credit is available for dependents who aren’t under-age-17 children. (Child dependents under 17 qualify for a $2,000 child tax credit.) To qualify as your dependent [...]

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Can You Require a Switch to Direct Deposit?

It may not be long before paper paychecks go the way of the five-and-dime store and the VCR. They may soon become obsolete as "direct deposit" into bank accounts is the predominant method of paying employees. And why not? All of the banking — including depositing the amounts into the employee's account and acceptance of the funds — can be completed with just a few clicks of a mouse. Employees don't have to worry about losing their checks and it reduces payroll hassles for employers. The move to the direct deposit method won't be a [...]

By |August 10th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

How Often Do You Pay Your Workers?

When you're running a business, you get to call the shots regarding your payroll practices, but only within limits. And by "within limits," we mean according to the laws in your state. For instance, you can pay employees on an hourly or salary basis according to federal law, but the prevailing state laws dictate the frequency of payments. In other words, if you prefer to pay employees just once a month for your own convenience — it's less of a hassle —you can't do it if state law requires at least weekly or bi-weekly payments. [...]

By |August 10th, 2019|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Another Massive Data Breach: How to Help Protect Yourself

The news of another massive online data breach may make you feel powerless to safeguard your financial privacy. But you can take some concrete steps to protect yourself in the aftermath of the recent Capital One case, as well as other breaches. "If you needed yet another nudge to start keeping an eye on your credit report to protect against identity theft, Capital One has delivered it," explains Federal Trade Commission (FTC) attorney Seena Gressin in an article on the FTC website. Individuals and Businesses Affected If you were a victim of the recent Capital [...]

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