How to Handle Disappointed Employees

When you hand out a promotion to one of your employees, you will likely have one very happy team member. But you could also have some other people on your team who are disappointed, or even bitter, about being passed over. How do you handle negative reactions from your team, and keep morale high? As […]

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Seasonal Workers and the ACA

The Affordable Care Act requires ALEs (Applicable Large Employers) to offer health insurance to full-time employees. Companies with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent workers fit into this category. But what if you are a small business that is highly seasonal, and has more than 50 employees for a part of the year, but […]

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Consultant’s Corner: How Much Does It Cost to Replace an Employee?

Q. How do I calculate the cost of replacing an employee? Employee turnover is the attrition of employees through voluntary or involuntary terminations. Employee turnover results in costs (internal and outside services) to the employer, including those for employee separation/departure, lost productivity, recruiting and hiring replacement employees, orientation and training of new employees, etc. While […]

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W-2 vs. 1099-MISC

Tax season is coming up again, and that means it’s time to get all the right forms and paperwork for your business to ensure you avoid errors and fines. The two forms, W-2 and 1099-MISC, are both wage statements for workers, but they represent very different types of workers, and getting it wrong can be […]

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Consultant’s Corner: Dealing with a Chronically Late Employee

Q: I have an employee who constantly arrives late to work, even after being asked to come in on time multiple times. How do I handle this? Disciplinary Procedures Employers generally handle excessive tardiness in accordance with their employee attendance/absence policies and disciplinary policies and procedures when appropriate. If you lack written employee attendance/absence and […]

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Policies for Seasonal Employees

Seasonal workers can be found in many industries, as businesses add employees during predictably busy parts of the year. But even though a seasonal worker will not be with the company permanently, a company still has significant responsibilities toward them, and will need to establish key organizational policies to deal with hiring, training, and day-to-day […]

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Breach of an Implied Employment Contract

Can a simple handshake be an implied contract between employer and employee? Can an employee sue for breach of an implied contract rather than an actual written employment agreement? The answer to both of these questions may be yes. An implied employment contract is intended for all parties but is not explicitly in writing. A […]

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The Benefits of Conflict

Any time you bring a group of people together, there is a chance for conflict to arise. But while you may think of conflict as inherently bad, that’s not necessarily the case. Jim Boomer writes that relationship conflict, or interpersonal conflict, is a problem; it creates obstacles, tension, and animosity. But task conflict can actually […]

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Consultant’s Corner: Protecting Your Business from Employee Theft

Q: I’m looking to start a new mobile auto detailing business. My biggest concern is protecting my business, particularly from employee theft. What can I do in my hiring procedures? Effective hiring procedures are important for every employer; however, since you will have employees taking company assets off premise, handling customer cash payments, working on […]

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