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Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour

October 10, 2012
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour, to standard time, at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4. Employees working the graveyard shift will actually work nine hours and will need to be paid for nine hours’ work.
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Health premiums up 4% in 2012, forecast to rise 7% next year

September 19, 2012
Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $15,745 in 2012, up 4% from last year, with workers on average paying $4,316 toward the cost of their coverage, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey.  Premiums for worker-only health coverage increased 3% in 2012 to reach $5,615 annually. Here’s a full analysis:  
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Don’t accept these harassment excuses

September 12, 2012
Don’t make the mistake of tolerating harassing behavior just because the accused uses one of the following excuses.
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Young bosses, older workers: do’s and don’ts

September 12, 2012
There’s nothing like a young manager, bright-eyed, full of pep and ideas, ready to make his or her mark in the organization. But often, the young manager makes mistakes that could lead the organization to age bias lawsuits. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts to help keep your older workers happy, and your organization out of trouble.
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Elect neutrality and civility as Nov. 6 nears

September 12, 2012
It’s getting nasty out there. And naturally, your workplace is not immune from the heated political talk that’s building up as the presidential election nears. Here are three policies that should be part of your campaign to keep the peace—and the lawsuits away.
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‘Where’s my promotion?’ How to answer

September 12, 2012
PROBLEM: You give a series of sterling evaluations to one of your employees and she suddenly asks, “If I’m so good, why is it that I’m never considered for promotion around here?”
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‘Explosive’ growth in wage lawsuits; cases hit all-time high

September 12, 2012
U.S. employees filed a record 7,064 federal wage-and-hour lawsuits in the fiscal year ending June 30.
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Is your online job ad in good working order?

September 12, 2012
Though good content in a job ad is critical, technical issues are more often the culprit behind workers dropping off from applying to a job that may be of interest.
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Feds on the lookout for ‘beauty bias’ in hiring

September 12, 2012
The EEOC has launched an investigation of Boston-based Marylou’s Coffee chain, looking into its apparent practice of hiring young, attractive women.
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Prepare now for the ‘fiscal cliff’ that looms Jan. 1

August 27, 2012
Unless Congress acts soon, the end of this year will see the expiration of an unprecedented number of tax provisions. That could cause havoc with your Payroll operations, as the IRS will be forced to delay issuing the 2013 tax tables and, critically, the 2013 withholding tables.
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