Helpful Tips

Tips for Keeping Your Company Data Secure

Small businesses are a popular target of cyber criminals. Thousands of attacks happen every day, successful ones can cost organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars, and over half of small businesses soon close following a successful cyber-attack. Fortunately, there are effective measures you can take to prevent hackers, scammers, and other ne’er-do-wells from compromising your […]

Why Paid Sick Leave is becoming more Popular

We’ve all seen it—one of our employees is sick—they have a bad cold, maybe even the flu, but they come to work anyway. In some cases, the employee has the option of taking time off, and you’d prefer they do so, but still they show up, putting everyone in the workplace at risk. The reasons […]

HR Snapshot – Tracking FMLA Leave

Courtesy of HR Snapshot! Question: How do I track FMLA leave? Answer from Sarah, PHR, SHRM-CP: After determining that a leave is covered by FMLA, you should begin tracking time against the 12-week entitlement. You’ll track this time in whole-week increments if the need for leave is continuous. Each week missed will be counted as […]

How to Reduce Absenteeism

Taking time away from work is good for the health and morale of employees. When they can rest during an illness, recuperate after an injury, or tend to affairs in their personal lives, they’re better able to focus at work and engage in the tasks at hand. Too many absences, however, may be a sign […]

Best Practices for Preventing Workplace Harassment

A report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) highlights best practices for employers to prevent and respond to workplace harassment. According to the EEOC report, employers should: Foster an organizational culture in which harassment is not tolerated; Adopt and maintain a comprehensive anti-harassment policy (which prohibits harassment based on any protected characteristic, and which includes social media considerations) and […]

New Form W-4 and Online Withholding Calculator Released

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released new versions of Form W-4 and its online withholding calculator to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017. The IRS urges taxpayers to use these tools to make sure they have the right amount of tax […]

2018 Federal Tax Withholding Guidance Released

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer’s Tax Guide, for use in 2018. This publication: Details employers’ federal tax responsibilities; Explains the federal requirements for withholding, depositing, reporting, paying, and correcting employment taxes; Lists the forms employers must give to their employees, those that employees must give to the employer, and […]

Reminder: Post OSHA Form 300A Starting Feb. 1

Employers subject to the record-keeping requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act are reminded to post their 2017 OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, from February 1–April 30, 2018. OSHA Form 300A lists the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year, and must be posted even if no work-related […]

HR Snapshot- Workers Compensation Advice

Courtesy of HR Snapshot! Question: An employee injured themselves while on break and had to be taken to urgent care. Does this injury fall under workers’ compensation even through it occurred during a break? Answer from Marisa, PHR: Whenever an employee makes you aware of an injury or accident during the workday or at the […]

EEOC Releases Guidance on Workplace Harassment Prevention

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment, a guidance document that contains harassment prevention recommendations for employers in four broad categories: Leadership and accountability; Harassment policies; Harassment complaint systems; and Harassment training. For each category, the guidance lists numerous actions employers can take. Recommended actions include, for example: Allocating sufficient resources for […]