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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the IRS has issued a package of payroll, 401(k) and individual tax relief measures. This relief applies to individuals and businesses located in the disaster area, and to those whose tax records are located in the disaster area.
New EEOC guidance shows how Title VII and the ADA may affect employer efforts to assist employees victimized by domestic violence. It shows how em­­ployers might be inadvertently compounding victims' pain—and how that might create legal liability.
Smart comp and benefits pros are resolving to make 2013 a year of thoughtful, deliberate change. Here are five important New Year’s resolutions to consider.

If you’ve ever accidentally saved over a document you needed by using it to create a new one, or accidentally deleted long and complex formulas, you’ll appreciate these tips on choosing, creating and customizing templates.

“Oh, it’s no big deal, it’s just a cold.” How many times have you heard an employee casually dismiss an illness like this? As a manager, it’s imperative that you inform employees of how easily common infectious bugs such as colds and flu spread.

Being in HR requires the ability to maintain confidentiality. This can be challenging if you do not have an office with a door that you can close and lock. Here are some ways you can overcome the challenges of working in a cubicle.

In most states, workers are employed on an “at will” basis, meaning employers may terminate workers at any time for any legal, nondiscriminatory reason. However, at-will status doesn’t mean you won’t get sued. Here's how to minimize your exposure to wrongful-termination claims.

About one-third of employees listen to music at work using an iPod, MP3 player or other portable music device. But employers need to be aware of the potential negative effects that these devices could have on communication, performance and safety.

Leaders with emotional intelligence rarely possess it by accident. Their high self-awareness lets them see cause-effect relationships between their feelings and their actions. To raise your awareness, keep daily notes of your actions—and the thoughts that led to those actions.
Corporate HR departments love nontraditional benefits—perks other than leave, health insurance and retirement benefits—because they’re generally cheap and build loads of employee good will. But many so-called lifestyle benefits are taxable, much to HR’s chagrin.