Know the Rules Before Hiring Interns and Youth

You might think you're doing a friend a favor by hiring his daughter for a summer job. Or maybe you've considered bringing in an unpaid intern who needs experience. Even with the best of intentions, if you are not careful you could inadvertently run afoul of the Department of Labor. Before you hire, take time to check the applicable federal government regulations, as well as those for your state. Here's an overview.


Equal Pay for Equal Work -- Regardless of Gender

"National Equal Pay Day" was held earlier this month. President Obama marked the day by issuing an executive order intended to accomplish, on a smaller scale, the goals of the proposed legislation discussed by Congress. With this action, the spotlight is cast on women's pay and the objective of rooting out gender-based pay discrimination. Is this an area where your company might be vulnerable to future litigation?


EEOC Provides Details on Acts that Constitute Religious Discrimination

In recent guidance, the EEOC clarified what type of actions are banned as religious discrimination under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. The details cover such topics as segregating employees from customers and accommodating religious garb and grooming. Here are some of the details discussed in two technical assistance guides the commission published.


Boost Productivity with an Effective Incentive Compensation Plan

A regular paycheck gives employees an incentive to come to work. But variable incentive compensation is intended to accomplish much more than just having bodies show up each day. A well-designed, properly managed incentive compensation plan has the power to boost productivity to new levels. Take a look at how privately held businesses are expanding their use of incentives.


Supreme Court Ruling Spotlights Severance Pay

The U.S. Supreme Court just rendered a rare, unanimous decision on the question of whether employers are obliged to withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes for payments to employees they lay off under a severance plan agreement. The short answer: Yes. However, there's more to the story than just tax withholding. Keep reading to learn more about this topic and the High Court ruling.


Employee Background Checks: Avoid the Pitfalls

Did you know that paper versions of old employee background checks must be destroyed? Or that electronic versions must be disposed of in such a way that they "can't be read or reconstructed?" Did you also know you must first retain the reports for a year before destroying them? These are among the recent hot tips issued by the EEOC regarding background checks. Keep reading to learn more.


Sluggish Economy Doesn’t Mean You Can Take Employees for Granted

About one out of five workers plans to change jobs this year as job satisfaction is declining, according to a recent poll. But even in a lackluster economy, finding replacements for your most talented employees won't be easy, should any of them be lured away to greener pastures. Here are some insights on the current employment environment, and what you need to think about to stay on top.


Employers: Are You Ready for Expansion of Overtime Requirements?

President Obama just directed the U.S. Department of Labor to "modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations." What will this mean for employers and how can they prepare for what is ahead? Some employers will be liable for paying time-and-a-half to more employees than they do now. This article explains the upcoming changes, along with the current standards for exemption from overtime.


Prepare for New Wage Rules for Home Care Aides

Companionship services, such as home health care, be subject to minimum wage and overtime laws starting next year. Regulations also impose new recordkeeping standards for employers providing those services. In addition, the guidelines specify how companionship work differs from providing care. Read on for more information and tips on how to prepare for the changes.


 

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