Frustrated with her snooping co-workers, one anonymous admin wrote on the Admin Pro Forum: “I work with a group of people who always want to know what I’m working on, what I’m doing, what I’m looking at, who I’m talking to, who that e-mail is from, etc. How do I handle inquisitive co-workers?” What other admins advise:
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The health care reform law requires you to report the value of employees' health insurance on their W-2s, for benefits provided beginning in 2011 (i.e., W-2s filed beginning in 2012). Wrinkle: You must honor terminating employees' requests for their W-2s by the later of 30 days after their request or the last payment of wages. Bottom line: Payroll systems will need to be adjusted by early February 2011, for employees who terminate in January and request their W-2s early.
Administrative professionals could be a secret weapon in helping companies bounce back from the recession. New research by OfficeTeam and the IAAP shows admins are moving beyond their traditional roles to take on responsibilities in areas such as cost control, technology and the use of social media, hiring and corporate social responsibility.
There's no denying that misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor is a costly mistake to make. FedEx recently agreed to settle allegations of misclassification of its drivers as independent contractors for $3.05 million. The settlement includes compensation for underpayments made to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and individual payments to the 13 drivers specifically named in the Massachusetts attorney general's original citation.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has a bigger budget and more staffing this year, and intends to audit federal government contractors or subcontractors that have 50 or more employees and a contract or subcontract of at least $50,000. And the OFCCP can be expected to increase its scrutiny on health care providers that are contractors or subcontractors for the government.