Employee Discipline Best Practices for the Small Business Owner

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Disciplining employees can be one of the most dreaded tasks facing any manager or small business owner. Not only must the disciplinary practice be consistent and effective, but in smaller organizations, where workers often wear many different...

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To Make Employees Feel Engaged, Benefits Matter

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The best members of every work team are more than just talented. They’re also fully engaged in the company’s mission and purpose. Those are the workers every employer wants. Why? Because engaged employees are loyal and productive employees. They...

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Employee Appreciation: Creative Work Anniversary Gifts

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During the hiring process, we all look for those individuals who seek to be a lasting part of an organization. We know high turnover rates can have negative impacts on morale and productivity, so we look for those steadfast candidates who will...

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Ask the Expert: Is a Gym Membership Tax Deductible for a Business?

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Well-intentioned employers everywhere are offering gym memberships to their employees as a fringe benefit and for good reason — benefits like this make it easier to recruit and retain employees and may even lower healthcare costs for employers....

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Four Risks Small Businesses Face When Firing Employees

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When you’re a small business owner, having to fire an employee sometimes comes with the territory. The process is never without some anxiety. Adding to the unpleasantness are the inherent risks all employers assume when they decide terminating an...

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Qualifying Life Events and Health Insurance Enrollment

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Prior to 2014, if a freelancer, consultant or sole proprietor needed to purchase health insurance, they could do so year-round, pending approval from the insurance provider. But with the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, year-round...

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New Kansas City Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Salary History Questions

June 24 Blog

Kansas City Salary History Inquiry Ban Takes Effect Halloween 2019

In a move designed to close the pay gap between men and women, Kansas City, Missouri, is among the latest jurisdictions to pass an ordinance prohibiting employers from asking job...

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Staying Out of Harm’s Way: Handling Disgruntled Employees

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2017 was the most violent year in recent history for workplace shootings, which are increasingly common. The FBI reported that there were more “active shooter” incidents and related homicides that year than in any 12-month period since at least...

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How Retirement and Medicare Impact COBRA Eligibility

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For private-sector employers who offer group health insurance plans and have 20 or more employees, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires that continuing medical care benefits be made available to former employees who...

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Employment-Related Medical Exams and Inquiries Present Compliance Quagmire for Employers

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Employers use all manner of pre-employment tests to make sure applicants qualify for open positions. But when it comes to medical screenings and inquiries, companies must navigate a compliance quagmire to avoid discriminatory behavior that could...

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