This time of year, companies often pass the hat to help the less fortunate. Word of caution: Make contributions an option. Don't mandate it. Reason: Requiring employees to contribute to a charity could be illegal. If the employee disagrees with the political or religious mission of the charity involved, mandatory contributions could constitute discrimination. And if the mandatory contribution causes the employee to be paid less than the minimum wage, you could face a wage-and-hour compliance issue.
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