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Question: “Occasionally, when I need to get input quickly from another administrative assistant (same rank and file), she refuses to respond. This is frustrating, especially when my boss has asked me to set up a meeting, and the assistant to the key person won’t respond. I don’t want to take the issue to management, but I do want to know how to professionally handle this so we can effectively work together.” — Another Brick in the Wall
Question: ‘In my company, the only way to get a decent raise is to be promoted, so I decided to apply for a management job. I expected to receive the same salary as my friend, who has a similar position with another team. When I got the promotion, my new boss didn’t say how much my raise would be. However, he asked me to commit to staying in his department. I told him I would stay as long as the money was right. It turns out that I not only make less than my friend, but I also work about 50% more hours. This promotion has been bad for my health, my family, and the quality of my work. At this point, even a huge raise would not make me happy. I want to transfer to a different department, but I am not sure how to go about it.” — Underpaid & Overworked
You’ve had it up to here. Now it’s time to fire a poor performing employee. As you’re about to do so, the employee wants to tell you something. But you tell her to “zip it.” Nothing she says will change your mind. As this case shows, you better zip it yourself and listen. Here’s why …
In a recent article, we pointed out several tax benefits for hiring a spouse. But your “better half” isn’t the only family member you can add to the payroll. Strategy: Give your children after-school jobs. By doing so, you can reduce the overall family tax bill and also avoid adverse "kiddie tax" consequences.
THE LAW: The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually to recover from a serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition. To determine whether an employee or family member has a condition that meets the FMLA’s definition of “serious […]
With some employees, the problem isn't a matter of ability, it's a matter of attitude. This can manifest itself in everything from quiet disobedience to outright insubordination. How should you respond? Rather than becoming entangled in a debate about the employee's dysfunctional attitude, address the situation strictly as a behavioral problem.
Good news for large corporations means bad news for small business owners: Instead of going after the big fish, the IRS is spending more resources on the small fry. A new study shows that the IRS reduced the number of hours agents spent auditing large corporations by one-third since 2005 and increased the hours spent on audits of companies with assets of less than $10 million by 30%.
Final rules are now in place for enforcing new rules requiring all federal contractors and subcontractors to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. If you do any business for the federal government, as either a contractor or subcontractor, here are the steps you need to take to comply.
It's a perennial payroll question: Who's exempt from overtime pay and who's not? Here are the basics on how to decide:
Q. I started in HR at a company six months ago and morale is really low. I want to start an employee appreciation program. Can you share some inexpensive things that work in your company?
Here are some suggestions from readers of the HR Specialist Forum