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Have many of your recent promotions gone to members of one sex or some other protected category? If so, take some time now to figure out how that happened. It’s entirely possible that what at first looks like a suspicious “coincidence” that could be misconstrued as discrimination is actually completely innocent ...
Q. We fired an employee based on an eyewitness account of theft. We documented that report and put it in the former employee’s personnel file. That person has now hired an attorney and asked to see the file. We believe we have no obligation to respond. Do we have to turn it over without a subpoena? ...

According to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, roughly 41% of the $14 billion charged by federal employees to government credit cards wasn't properly authorized or didn't meet payment standards.  Highlights from the report should send shivers up any HR manager's spine.

Q. One of our managers keeps notes of performance issues in a file that he uses for completing performance appraisals. One person he supervises has made a written request to see her personnel file—and specifically asked for information in the manager’s file. Do we have to give the notes to the employee? ...
Retaliation can turn a relative molehill of a discrimination complaint into a mountain of legal trouble. And the retaliation doesn’t have to take the form of something dramatic, such as a firing or demotion. Little things supervisors do can add up to retaliation. But supervisors can’t retaliate if they don’t know about earlier discrimination complaints or pending lawsuits ...
An employee sometimes will look for any reason to file a lawsuit—especially if she thinks she has been treated unfairly but doesn’t have any direct evidence. That’s one good reason for justifying all employment-related decisions ...
Track your time ... Hold an agenda-free chat with an employee ... Resolve a long-running dispute ...
The setting for team meetings matters more than you may think. If the group always gathers in the same room, a "same old, same old" mentality can sink in and stymie creativity.

Based on current articles in both the popular and business press, it should come as no surprise that Americans are currently not saving adequately to fund their retirement. Legislators have become increasingly concerned, and, with the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), they took action. Although many employers historically have had automatic enrollment, one of the PPA's provisions encourages employers to enroll their employees automatically in an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan without employees' written authorization.

Plenty of companies save themselves the payroll-processing headache by outsourcing the function. But if you're unlucky enough to pick a dishonest payroll service bureau, you could get hit with a major tax headache. In a recent case, the IRS didn't show much sympathy to a client company whose payroll taxes were embezzled by the owner of a payroll service bureau; it fined the client for failing to deposit those taxes, which, of course, weren't deposited because they had been stolen.

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