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Your smartphone is supposed to help you get more things done and faster. But these mistakes could take you a step backward: 1. Answering it all the time. 2. Not learning the shortcuts. 3. Hiding your phone. 4. Not backing it up. 5. Checking emails constantly.
Q. We just fired an employee after discovering that he stole $5,000 from the company. Do we have to pay the employee his final paycheck or can we apply that paycheck toward the $5,000 he owes us?
Peter Bregman consults and writes about achieving your priorities by finding your focus. “I believe that most of us get smarter as we get older,” Bregman says. “But somehow, despite that, we often make the same mistakes.” Here’s a five-minute strategy for getting smarter every day:
Would you know how to counter evidence about events that occurred two, three or more years ago? Employees often go back years to come up with circumstantial evidence that their employers are biased.
When you’re planning a day-long meeting, having the right food and beverages keeps attendees’ minds sharp. But those costs can add up. Here’s savvy advice on appeasing attendees’ palates while trimming your meal budget:
My friend Marty was CEO of his company, but he often told me he wasn’t its most important employee. For 22 years, Marty liked to say his most important employee was Agnes. The day Agnes died, Marty’s company nearly died too...
The IRS has yet to release the 2012 percentage method and wage-bracket withholding tables. It did, however, release the 2012 inflation-adjusted withholding allowance amounts and the amounts employees can defer from their pay for qualified transportation fringe benefits. Also unsettled is the Social Security tax rate for 2012.
Starting or ending a meeting late ranks as the No. 1 complaint about company meetings, according to a survey by Accountemps. Top pet peeves about company meetings among senior managers:
Most states have regulations regarding the timing of when employers have to pay employees when a termination occurs. Often, there is a difference in that timing when it involves an employee who quits versus an employee who is fired by the employer.
Under the Affordable Care Act health care reform law, employers will pay a penalty if just one employee enrolls in coverage through the individual exchange and receives a premium tax credit and his or her contribution isn’t affordable because it exceeds 9.5% of his or her household income. Problem: You usually don’t know employees’ household income. To remedy this, the IRS is proposing an employer affordability safe harbor.