Ask the Payroll Expert: How Long to Keep Payroll Records

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Whether you own a two-employee business or have grown to a team of 15, recordkeeping is a must. But having accurate payroll records is only part of the process — business owners must keep them in a secure place and for varying amounts of time to...

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6 Keys to Effective Employee Discipline

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More often than not, managers want to avoid employee discipline just as much as the employees receiving it. But employee discipline should not be confused with or treated like punishment. Think about it - how often does responding to something in...

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Onboarding Sets Interns Up for Success

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Interns and smaller businesses both benefit from well-structured internship programs. Students gain valuable, real-world work experience, while small and mid-sized businesses enjoy affordable workforce support that becomes a talent pipeline for...

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Go Green: 4 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Workplace

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Earth Day provides us the opportunity to take a look at our daily practices in our workspaces to evaluate how we can improve for a better world. And if that isn’t reason enough, research shows eco-friendly businesses may be more attractive to...

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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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Toxic Employees: You’ve Identified One at Your Business, Now What?

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Toxic employees aren’t uncommon. In fact, some experts predict it’s likely every organization has at least one on their team right now. And while many business owners and hiring managers believe the best defense is a good offense - never hire a...

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No Smoke Screens: Prescreening Helps Ensure Good Hires

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With national unemployment rates hovering at 4 percent or below for many months – and Kansas and Missouri rates coming in even lower – employers in many industries face severe worker shortages. The tight labor market underscores the importance of...

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Why Every Business Needs a Social Media Policy

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Chances are we’ve all seen a shocking news story about a social media HR nightmare gone viral. For instance, the man who live-streamed on social media while driving a freight truck across the Twin Spans bridge in his U.S. Xpress uniform. He even...

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Get Ready for Upcoming FLSA Overtime Changes

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Just last month the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule. The proposed changes include an increase in the overtime salary threshold for white-collar exempt employees to...

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Recruiting Biases: How to Avoid Blind Spots and Make Smart Hiring Decisions

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It’s difficult to calculate exactly how much a bad hire costs a company, but experts estimate it’s anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to as much as a quarter of a million dollars, considering all recruiting and onboarding expenses. If a...

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