May 30, 2023
Ever since it was put into action, the FMLA has made it possible for working Americans to receive a guaranteed 12 weeks of unpaid leave in the event they need to recover from an illness, care for a family member under specific circumstances or stay home with a newborn, all without fearing that they will lose their job as a result. However, keep in mind that employees are usually required to submit a request to take FMLA leave in advance of taking FMLA-related time off.
7 Laws That Protect Employees From Retaliation
May 16, 2023
1. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Forbids employers from discriminating against job applicants and employees based on their race, color, national origin, sex or religion. An employer cannot retaliate against an employee for objecting to discrimination under Title VII, reporting discrimination, filing a discrimination charge or participating in a discrimination legal proceeding. Employers with 15 or more employees must adhere to Title VII. 2. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act...

How Do Employer ID Numbers Work?
May 09, 2023
If you have a company, you need an Employee Identification Number. There are various ways to apply for an EIN, including online at no cost. The online federal EIN application is in a question-and-answer format, with embedded help topics and hyperlinked keywords and definitions. It must be completed in one session — you won't be able to save it and return later.
Time Off To Volunteer as an Employee Benefit
Employee Benefits · May 02, 2023
"To prosper over time," Laurence Fink, CEO of BlackRock, once wrote in a public letter, "every company must not only deliver financial performance but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society." Employee volunteer programs help you align with your corporate vision by offering such opportunities to your employees and nonprofit partners. Thoughtful planning and execution are essential to having an impact on company culture and making a difference for your team and in your community

DOL Weighs in on Cybersecurity
April 25, 2023
The U.S. Department of Labor has cybersecurity guidance for plan sponsors, fiduciaries, recordkeepers and participants. The guidance aims to help safeguard an estimated $9.3 trillion in plan assets and pertains to employer-sponsored plans regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
How to Avoid Micromanaging
April 04, 2023
According to, "Micromanagement is a business management style where the boss or manager controls every aspect, no matter how small, of the work done by his or her employees." Micromanagement can make employees feel as though their boss does not trust them to do the job they were hired for. Feeling demoralized, these employees may end up leaving the company for a healthier work environment.

What to Know About Flexible Work Arrangements
March 28, 2023
Will we need more or less office space as companies ask people to come back to the office this year? Will employers negotiate smaller, cheaper digs after having made their peace with employees working from home more often, or will square footage be necessary to give workers safe distancing space? Will we say goodbye to open floor plans and hello to enclosed offices and even — gasp! — cubicles?
How To Classify Your Workers
March 28, 2023
When you hire someone to work for you, the worker will likely be considered either an employee or an independent contractor. Usually, you will decide whether you want to onboard an employee or simply hire a contractor prior to advertising for the available position. That way, whoever comes across your job post will know whether they can expect employment or a contract job prior to applying for the position.

On-Call Pay: The Rules Are Complex
March 28, 2023
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, whether employees should receive on-call pay depends on whether the time spent on call qualifies as "hours worked." If so, employees must receive at least the federal minimum wage for each hour spent on call, plus overtime for all work hours over 40 for the week.