FFCRA Payroll Tax Credit – Easing the COVID19 Burden for Employers

On Friday, March 20, the U.S. Treasury, IRS, and U.S. Department of Labor announced their plans for making the paid leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) less burdensome for small businesses. Key points include: To take immediate advantage of the paid leave credits, businesses can retain and access funds that they … Continue reading FFCRA Payroll Tax Credit – Easing the COVID19 Burden for Employers

Tips to Handle an Infectious Disease Outbreak – FAQ

How to Handle an Infectious Disease Outbreak MERS in the Middle East in 2012 – 2013. Ebola in West Africa in 2014 – 2016. Zika virus in South and Central America in 2016 – 2017. Pandemic influenza in the U.S. in 2009 and 2018. Coronavirus (COVID-19), beginning in China in late 2019 and spreading throughout … Continue reading Tips to Handle an Infectious Disease Outbreak – FAQ

DOL Proposes Revisions to the Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method

In November 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule to update the “fluctuating workweek” method for calculating employee overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The fluctuating workweek method provides employers a cost-saving option to compensate employees who are not exempt from the act’s overtime wage payment requirements. Currently, … Continue reading DOL Proposes Revisions to the Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method

5 Performance Review Best Practices

Performance reviews are an annual ritual for many employers, but their usefulness has been debated for years. To make sure you—and your employees—get the most out of performance reviews, follow these five tips. 1. Perform formal evaluations at the same time for everyone each year. While this increases the workload of managers and supervisors during … Continue reading 5 Performance Review Best Practices

SCOTUS to Consider whether Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ Workers

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments recently regarding the discrimination of LGBTQ individuals under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The plaintiffs for two separate cases—one concerning a transgender woman, the other involving two gay men—argued that they were unlawfully discriminated against when they were fired based on their sexual orientation. They claimed … Continue reading SCOTUS to Consider whether Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ Workers

6 ways to have a Sublime Seasonal Shindig

Planning a holiday party can be a logistical nightmare, especially when you don’t know where to begin. Luckily, we have a few steps to make it easier. Set a Budget A good party doesn’t need to cost more—a buffet can delight as much as a five-course meal. Consider how you want to spend your money … Continue reading 6 ways to have a Sublime Seasonal Shindig

The Pros and Cons of Incentive Pay

It’s no secret that top talent expects to be paid top dollar. According to PayScale, 25% of employees said that compensation was their main motivation for quitting a job.  Moreover, compensation is consistently reported as one of the top motivators for employees. That’s where incentive pay can be beneficial. Incentive pay is a type of … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Incentive Pay