It happens more often than you might think. An HR office begins receiving an unusual number of FMLA certifications from the same doctor. The sudden deluge happens during peak production times when employees are required to work mandatory overtime. It all points to what amounts to a scam:
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President Obama’s 2011 budget plan calls for the U.S. Department of Labor to hire 100 new enforcement personnel and gain $25 million in new funding to target employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors (ICs). This comes on the heels of a huge IRS audit program starting last month that randomly selects 6,000 employers for audits over IC and other employment tax issues. Here's a three-factor guideline on how to classify employee or Independent Contractor based off the IRS checklist:
Q. Do we have to conduct regular performance appraisals and give annual increases? We told a new hire that we would, but now don’t have time or money to do so.
Don’t be in a rush to mail or e-file your 2009 tax return. Your haste can come back to haunt you in the form of penalties, interest and missed tax-saving opportunities. According to the tax pros, here are 10 common mistakes that plague individual filers:
Even as the economy forces some organizations to cut benefits, it’s prompting others to add one: allowing parents to bring their babies to work. In just two years, the number of organizations with a babies-at-work benefit has more than doubled to 130, says Carla Moquin, founder and president of the Parenting in the Workplace Institute. She advises managers to start small and to create a formal policy full of “safety valves.” Here are 10 keys to success:
The recession has led to more than just job cuts. It has also opened the door to more gossip around the water cooler. In a survey conducted last year by the SHRM, 54% of managers said they had seen an increase in gossip or rumors about downsizing or layoffs. Want to quash rumors? Kathi Elster, co-author of Working with You Is Killing Me, offers these guidelines: