Category Archives: Benefits

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Flowers, Hay Fever, and Intermittent Absences: What’s a Manager to Do?

Spring is a time of renewal, and coincidentally, intermittent absences in the workplace. Plenty of people suffer from allergies, which can be a valid excuse for having to call in sick (especially if the Hay Fever gets out of hand…
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What the new overtime law means for you

Previously I discussed a potential new overtime law that would require employers to pay certain staff overtime for working more than 40 hours per week. Well, that law passed. Now, most employees who earn between $455/week (old standard) and $913/week…
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Total Compensation

It’s easy to only measure employees’ pay in purely financial terms and their salaries. However, their total compensation is much more than that — and something that neither employee nor employer should overlook. Total compensation includes health benefits, Social Security,…
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Don’t Fear the DOL’s Proposed New Regulations

I’m sure I’m not alone in having worked more than 40 hours a week a time or two. But as a salaried employee, I don’t earn extra money if I stay late or go in early. However, that may change…
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The White Collar Exemption Situation (or nightmare if you so choose!)

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve written a legislatively motivated blog! However, I feel VERY strongly that you don’t know about this pending legislation that could cost you a great deal in payroll dollars! Perhaps I’m being dramatic…
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Holiday Bonuses

As the holidays approach, there is often office whispering regarding holiday bonuses and yearly pay raises. While many companies would love to give pay increases every year, we are not always in a position to do so. In an economy…
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It is Vacation Time!

Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it? Do you look forward to the time away from work? Do you recognize how relaxed you will be when you return? Are you ready to tackle those new projects with 110% of your energy and focus?…
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Ready or Not – Here They Come!

Most employees WANT to be exempt, right? They generally view it has having arrived – they no longer have to punch the clock. That’s a good thing! Well, according to the government, we’re depriving too many people of a right…
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No, Obamacare is Not Your New Company Health Plan

So, you’re planning for a successful 2015 at your business and one priority is to improve profit margins and keep a lid on costs. But how? If you’re like many CEOs, especially those in the small business community, one thing…
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10 (or 11) Things You Need to Do Now for Successful Year-End HR and Payroll Planning

It’s that time of year again. A time for hot cocoa, family gatherings, warm fireplaces, tacky sweaters, and of course, shopping! It’s also time for those of us in the HR and payroll fields to double-shot our espressos and buy…
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