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Balance Your Right to Monitor Communications with Employees’ Privacy Rights

You may have legitimate reasons for monitoring some of your employees' communications at work, particularly emails generated on company servers. Creating a policy to monitor such activities requires a delicate balancing act to protect your company and gain access to the information you need, without violating employees' legal privacy protections. Reasons to Monitor Emails Why would an employer need to monitor employees' communications at work? Valid reasons for such oversight include: To assess productivity. If an employee is missing deadlines or underperforming, you might want to evaluate how much time he or she is spending [...]

By |December 31st, 2018|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

DOL Pitches Auto-Portability Program to Preserve Retirement Savings

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is advancing a proposal that would enable 401(k) plan sponsors to automatically transfer account balances up to $5,000 of former participants who have left the company. The amounts would be transferred to the 401(k) plan of an employee's new employer. Assets transferred using this "auto portability" approach would make an intermediate pit stop in an IRA before landing in the former employee's new employer's plan. Here's what you need to know. Proposed Exemption The DOL took two simultaneous actions with this proposal: First, it asked for public comment on [...]

By |December 16th, 2018|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

The Employer’s Role in Documenting Workers

The employer's role in documenting alien employees is a balancing act. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) you must verify through examination of certain documents that your employees are authorized to work in the United States. At the same time, you must avoid unfair employment practices. By law, you must complete an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form for each new hire and keep the forms on file. Former employees' forms must be kept for three years from the hiring date or one year after termination, whichever is later. Acceptable Documentation In 1996, the [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

The Burden of Payroll Record Maintenance

Department of Labor, which enforces employment rules for several other federal agencies. Paying employees means more than just issuing checks. Your company also needs to keep accurate records for current and past employees for a certain period of time. There are record requirements from both the IRS and the U.S. These records include the following information: name, address, occupation and Social Security number, as well as details of compensation such as the dates paid, tips, noncash payments, compensation subject to withholding and payroll taxes, pay period and fringe benefits provided to employees. In addition, you [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Tax Cheer for Holiday Gifts to Employees

With the holidays fast approaching, you might want to reward your employees for all their hard work in 2018. Gift-giving ideas include gift cards, holiday turkeys and achievement awards. Although your intent may be essentially the same in all these situations, the tax outcome for recipients of your goodwill may be quite different. Typically, it depends on the value and type of gift or award. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) clarifies the tax treatment of certain achievement awards of property. This provision applies to amounts paid or incurred after 2017, including gifts made [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

Take Precautions to Fight Fraudulent Workers’ Comp Claims

Here are two critical questions: How often are Workers' Compensation claims filed against your company? And how often do you contest them? The answers are important. The National Council on Compensation Insurance recently estimated that 25 too 33 percent of all Workers' Compensation claims are invalid, yet less than 10 percent of these claims are challenged. The U.S Department of Labor calls it a crisis and says that for most companies, Workers' Compensation is growing faster than any other expense. The estimated cost of an average claim is at least $34,000. The expenses add up [...]

By |October 24th, 2018|Categories: HRP Blog|0 Comments

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