Yearly Archives

2015

The New “Joint-Employer” Standard in Franchising

By | Employment Law

In August, the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) changed decades of policy for the franchising industry with their new “joint-employer standard” that could hurt restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, construction firms, hotels, cleaning services, staffing agencies and more. Many of those impacted are small business owners. The joint-employer standard will likely negatively affect national franchisors and franchisees. The NLRB is seemingly trying to undermine the successful franchise business model by involving itself in labor relations and tying…

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S Corporation Compensation Calculation Challenge

By | Payroll

S corporations can run into some muddy waters when calculating total compensation, particularly relating to medical insurance premiums. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), when it comes to treating medical insurance premiums as wages, “health and accident insurance premiums paid on behalf of a greater than 2 percent S corporation shareholder-employee are deductible by the S corporation and reportable as wages on the shareholder-employee’s Form W-2, subject to income tax withholding.” It is important…

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The Office Holiday Party: Fun or Forget It?

By | Risk Management & Safety

It’s the holiday season and, with that, comes the company holiday party. According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a consultancy firm, nearly nine out of ten companies opted to host a holiday party in 2014. Let me put on my HR elf hat for a minute and offer three tips to maximize everyone’s enjoyment at this year’s party: Don’t let the holiday spirits get the best of you – If you choose to serve…

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Open the Door to Employee Retention

By | Employee Retention

Last month, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez made a statement regarding September’s Employment Situations report. Perez said, “The recovery continued in September, with the economy adding 142,000 new jobs. It was the 67th consecutive month of private-sector job growth, with 13.2 million private jobs created since early 2010. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.1 percent, and the number of people employed part-time for economic reasons has fallen by one million over the past…

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Customized Focus on Healthcare

By | Hiring

At MarathonHR, we pride ourselves on thoroughly understanding our clients’ businesses so we can best help them with their most valuable assets – human resources. The more thorough the understanding, the better we are able to assist in developing a custom hiring process that will protect the business and keep employees out of harm’s way. For example, in the home health business, there are two jobs – home health worker and personal care aid. The…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of 360 Reviews

By | Performance Appraisals

A comprehensive performance appraisal process, widely known as 360-degree feedback, provides employees with feedback from people that surround them in the organization – supervisors, co-workers and subordinates. There are many benefits that may result from this kind of appraisal including: Offers multiple perspectives Fosters teamwork Diminishes fear of retribution Increased job satisfaction and loyalty However, 360 reviews, also known as “peer reviews,” aren’t always sunshine and roses. I read a recent The New York Times…

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Time for Timeclocks

By | Payroll

At MarathonHR, we’re working to provide you with the resources you need in easily digestible formats. We are creating a series of Slideshares about a variety of HR topics that you will be able to find on our website. One of the first Slideshares is on time clocks. To view the entire Slideshare, click on the image above or go to: https://www.marathonhr.com/hr-solutions/payroll-services/. We have nothing but time to talk with you about time accounting. Call…

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The Required Number of Seats – Toilet Seats, That Is

By | Employment Law

A client asked me an interesting question… Do businesses have to provide restroom facilities, namely toilets, for their employees? The answer is an unequivocal “yes.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has clear regulations for the required number of “seats” (or water closets) a business must have. Number of employees Minimum number of water closets1 1 to 15 1 16 to 35 2 36 to 55 3 56 to 80 4 81 to 110…

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Creating Applicant Central

By | Hiring

Have you been looking for a way to manage all of your job applicants in one place? We are offering ThinkHire, a cloud-based tool that streamlines the hiring process. I strongly encourage you to take 2 minutes (ok, 2 minutes and 19 seconds) to watch their video on applicant tracking. ThinkHire fully integrates with our electronic onboarding process, which we discuss in more detail in a separate article in this newsletter. ThinkHire will: save you…

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