Payroll Management

Ineffective payroll management and shoddy payroll systems can result in personal liability (including JAIL TIME) for non-compliance.

Business Management Daily helps our readers with information on payroll processing and tips on timesheets that will help you to implement payroll programs that pay off.

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Question: "Our small company has a paid time off benefit for full-time employees. However, we do not have a policy addressing how much unpaid time off a part-time employee can request. We have a couple of employees who are requesting an inordinate amount of time off. Are there industry guidelines on developing a policy?” — Dawn

The first rule of negotiating a raise is to make it easy for your boss to say yes. That means anticipating objections and addressing them in advance. Smart negotiators rarely say, “I want more money.” Instead, they use facts to drive home their valuable contributions. Here’s how to prepare for your next salary review:

Q. We offer employees a set number of paid time off (PTO) days per year, which they may use for any reason, including vacation and sick days. Must we pay out all earned but unused PTO days upon termination?

Asking for a raise right now is an uphill battle. There still isn’t “enough money around to compensate people for the extra hours they’ve been putting in,” says Ravin Jesuthasan, head of the global rewards practice at Towers Perrin. But it could be the perfect time to ask for a perk.

The Borough of Lawnside has agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by a female police officer who alleged she began experiencing harassment and discrimination almost from Day 1.

Layoffs, pay cuts and an uncertain economy have left many organizations with fewer employees to do the work—often for the same or less money. Not all of those employees are handling it well. Here are nine ways you can deal with economy-induced employee stress and help your employees focus on their work:

Q. We’re a nine-physician medical clinic, and we employ a salaried business manager. Her duties include personnel, hiring, firing and office work. We don’t give her comp time or overtime pay. If she takes a partial day off, she must use vacation time (paid time off). Are we handling this correctly?

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to pull out your calendar and compare the paid holidays you’ve got planned with those of your HR counterparts across the nation. Most employers recently told SHRM that their 2010 schedules will look a lot like 2009’s—with one exception.

Some employees believe the Pregnancy Discrimination Act makes it illegal to discharge a pregnant woman for any reason related to the pregnancy. That’s not quite true. The PDA merely requires employers to treat pregnant women no differently than other employees. That may mean discharge for complications associated with pregnancy—under the right circumstances.

Uncle Sam wants you to save for retirement—and this time he really means it. The agency has issued new guidance on retirement savings in a series of rulings that clarify the existing rules, enhance others and generally provide incentives for socking away more money for retirement. Here’s a roundup of the latest developments in this area:

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