Human Resources

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Brazilian equipment supplier Semco has grown an average 27.5 percent a year for 14 years, despite wild fluctuations in Brazil’s economy. The reason: Semco’s radical use of participative management. Of the employees’ 3,000 votes, CEO Ricardo Semler gets only one.
Randy Nelson, dean of Pixar University, doesn’t like outsourcing, but not for the reasons you might think. He’s not worried about job security; his reasons are all about creativity.
It's hard, but necessary, to terminate employees who commit misdeeds or who just aren't performing, because they keep everyone else from perform­ing as well. But it's equally necessary to make sure that you approach each potential termination systematically and fairly, to stay out of legal danger.
Issue: Employers often set new hires' wages, in part, based on salaries at previous jobs.
Risk: A new court ruling says you could run afoul of the Equal Pay Act ...
Should you allow workers to play music at their workstations? Should you have the radio on in the back­ground for the whole office? Should you let your people use their iPods to get through the day?
Here's a true story that should put a good scare in managers who think they're doing every­thing right and underestimate their chances of legal exposure:
When it comes to an applicant's background, what you don't know can hurt your company.  That's why instead of making excuses for your lack of background checking efforts, make the time to run background checks.  These employers certainly wish they had.
A great deal of confusion still swirls around one question: Which payments are covered by the new deferred-compensation rules described above.
The IRS can hit you with dozens of different penalties if you fail to follow the letter of the tax law. They’re often arcane and difficult to understand. And although many of the penalties are relatively small on their own, they can add up quickly. So, a single mistake could snowball into hundreds or thousands of dollars.
“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” It may be the punch line to an old joke, but it can also be a valuable message that small business owners overlook.