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Terminating Employees In a Conscientious Way

By HR, Layoffs, Legal

With recent changes in the economy, some employers may find themselves forced to reduce costs through employee layoffs. However, it’s important to know how to handle a reduction in force correctly. A failure to follow proper protocol when terminating employees or conducting layoffs could soil your business’s reputation and expose you to the risk of lawsuits or workplace safety issues caused by disgruntled employees. A cautionary tale In late November, a Mississippi-based furniture company laid…

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Should You Have an Employee Benefit Clawback Provision?

By HR

Does your business offer prospective employees enticements like signing bonuses or moving expense reimbursement to enhance your recruiting efforts and attract talent during this competitive labor market? If so, you may want to consider protecting yourself with what’s known as a ‘clawback’ provision if things don’t go as planned with a new employee. Adding this provision to your onboarding documents gives you legal recourse to recapture money that the employee shouldn’t be able to keep…

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Can Employers Still Use the Federal Employee Retention Credit?

By HR

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) under the CARES Act was created to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ERC provided some relief for employers whose businesses were financially affected by COVID-19. Even though the ERC has expired, employers who experienced a significant loss of revenue during the period that the credit was effective may still be eligible to claim it. How does the ERC work? According to IRS…

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Take an Active Approach to Quiet Quitting

By HR

Remember last year’s “Great Resignation,” when many employees optimistically left their jobs in search of greener pastures? Times have changed a bit, and fewer employees are willing to take the risk of quitting a stable job outright. However, they may be engaging in a trend known as “quiet quitting.” This passive attitude toward work can damage your business, and you want to be able to recognize and address it before it becomes a big problem….

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Employment Regulations by the Numbers

By HR, Legal

Employers of any size must understand and be compliant with applicable labor laws. While we won’t go into an exhaustive review of all employment regulations in this article, here are some things to keep in mind. Regulations that apply to all employers Employers of all sizes must comply with certain federal laws. These include, but are not limited to: Equal Pay Act (EPA), which requires equal pay for equal work Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),…

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Boomerang Employees Learn that the Grass Isn’t Greener Elsewhere

By HR

This year, the so-called ‘Great Resignation’ made headlines, highlighting the trend of employees leaving their jobs in search of better pay, more flexible work arrangements and a host of other desired attributes in an ‘ideal’ employer. However, we are now seeing that employees who left for greener pastures are finding that the grass isn’t always greener with another company or organization. These individuals are sometimes referred to as ‘boomerang employees,’ and they could be the…

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Georgia Law Imposes Penalties for Improper Employee Classification

By HR, Legal

Georgia’s new Act 809 (H.B. 389), effective July 1, 2022, seeks to tighten the distinction between employees and independent contractors. By expanding the definition of employee, more workers will be able to claim unemployment benefits. Act 809 changes the definition of employment to include any services an individual performs for wages, which would apply to most workers. Act 809 classifies workers as contractors only if they are autonomous and unrestricted in the performance of services….

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The Pros and Cons of Unlimited PTO

By Benefits, HR, Payroll

Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) may sound too good to be true, but it’s one of the latest tactics that employers are using to attract new employees. With unlimited PTO, employees may take off as much time as they wish – for vacation or anything else – as long as they can get their work done and company business isn’t disrupted. The policy can be great for recruiting. A new survey of 2,000 workers by…

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Unemployment Shenanigans: Claims Against the Wrong Employer

By HR

Unemployment claims can take up valuable time and affect your bottom line. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of claims and respond to any that are made in error or that contain inaccurate information. Beware of claims against the wrong employer When a former employee applies for unemployment, the employer will receive notification of a claim and have a chance to respond to it. Incorrect information may be challenged, such as when former…

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Calculate Your Business’s Unemployment Numbers Correctly to Avoid Claims and Tax Problems

By HR

Unemployment relief available through federal and state governments during the pandemic didn’t require employers to file claims against their unemployment insurance. However, those relief measures ended last year, and pre-pandemic protocols and procedures resumed. We’ve observed that improper management of departing staff and unemployment claims over the past two years is now causing problems for some businesses. Inaccurate employment records Employers pay for Unemployment Insurance as a business cost through the State Unemployment Tax Act…

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