Between Feb. 1 and April 30, many U.S. employers must post a summary of the number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in their workplace last year (OSHA Form 300A, not the complete Form 300 log).
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With the economic upsurge generating more hiring, it may become a "buyer's market" again. So you'll need to show your best cards to win the star applicants.
More companies now offer retention bonuses to rank-and-file workers, too, according to surveys by consultants WorldatWork and Lee Hecht Harrison.
Companies usually are liable for injuries caused by workers who are "acting within the scope of employment." You're not liable when they cause injuries on their own free time. But what about gray areas, when workers run personal errands while on company business?
The U.S. Labor Department published new rules last year saying that companies offering health insurance must give employees more specifics on their rights to COBRA continuing health coverage.
You've probably heard that hiring your children is a great tax-saving move. Their income is taxed in their low tax bracket, and as long as you handle things correctly, your company can deduct the compensation.
If you're fed up with an employee's conduct, consider entering into a "last-chance agreement" with the worker before cutting him or her loose.
Now's a good time to carefully review your policy on whether employees receive pay for unused vacation time when they depart your organization.
Outside hires typically take twice as long to reach full productivity as in-house hires, and executives and managers can take even longer, according to a study by Mellon's Human Resources & Investor Solutions Service.
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