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New approach to 401(k) match: Will it catch on?


February 20, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

The method of employers’ paying out 401(k) matches has been pretty much the same for years — every paycheck contains the match. At least one employer is trying a different approach, one that could catch on.

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XHow a firm increased output 6.8% by making one change


October 24, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

The goal of performance reviews is supposed to be improved performance, right? Here’s how one company made that goal a reality — at no cost to the employer.

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Mistakes that cost other companies


October 22, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

This regular feature shows how other companies have run afoul of IRS regulations, sales and use taxes or other laws. You can see how others got off track, and avoid similar problems. Today’s problem: failing to make sure subcontractors follow payroll laws.

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Best and worst states for getting workers off comp


September 12, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

Which states have the best record for getting injured workers back to work — and off workers comp — and which states are the worst?

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Beware of leave buy-back programs


September 7, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

Here’s one you’ll want to mention to your CFO and the people in Payroll.

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Retirement-plan fee disclosures: Are you getting the benefits?


September 5, 2012 by Jared Bilski

Many employers can’t wait to distribute retirement plan fee disclosure statements to workers – and be done with the whole mess. But that strategy can really come back to hurt your company. More…

3 proven ways to absolutely shatter sales goals


August 7, 2012 by Bob Hill

The percentage of salespeople who met or exceeded quota last year jumped 9%. Here are the proven tactics which drove that remarkable spike:  More…

Offering education assistance: How to get your money’s worth


July 6, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

If you decide to pay employees to learn more about and become better at their jobs, you’ll also want to make sure you don’t overlook a key factor in making sure the investment is worthwhile.

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Have to lay off? Don’t miss this major ‘to-do’


July 5, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

Overseeing a layoff can be stressful and hectic. Plus, you’re dealing with angry workers who are more prone to sue. There’s one step you’ll want to take to make sure you’re protected.

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The surprise incentive 1/3 of top companies use to crush competitors


June 26, 2012 by Bob Hill

Best-in-class companies have zeroed in on a common recipe for success in today’s economy.  More…

Congress looks at limiting OT pay for IT staffs


March 16, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

There’s a lot of confusion over which IT workers are eligible for overtime pay and which aren’t. A bill in Congress would eliminate some of the conusion and in he process limit OT pay.

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Benefits workers want — and you can actually give them


March 13, 2012 by Jared Bilski

Research shows that the most workers stay with the same company for just two to three years on average. But savvy employers are able to buck this trend by offering a number of creative benefits options that fit their own unique company culture.

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3 surefire ways to kill employee motivation


February 22, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

Trying to figure out the best ways to incentivize employees? Here are three that’ll have the opposite effect.

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Why now’s the time to push for raises


February 14, 2012 by Bob Hill

There may be good news on the horizon for managers who’ve spent the past 2 to 3 years tiding employees over, despite no bumps in comp or salary.   More…

The Finance cost saver employees are finally ready for


February 9, 2012 by Jennifer Azara

Now’s the time to check with your CFO to see what your company’s direct deposit rate. If you don’t hear 100%, encourage Finance to make a major push ASAP. More…

The 7 dumbest holiday workplace gifts


December 20, 2011 by Jim Giuliano

A fruitcake looks great compared to these.

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Hiring in these fields? Expect to pay more


October 27, 2011 by Jim Giuliano

A nationwide salary survey by Robert Half International shows which jobs will command higher salaries in 2012.

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New tax rules on employer-issued cell phones


October 11, 2011 by Jim Giuliano

If you provide cell phones to your employees or are considering it, first make sure your admin people are up to speed on the latest applicable Internal Revenue Service rules.

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Watch out for this mistake with employees on commission


September 30, 2011 by Jim Giuliano

If you have employees who get commissions, make sure your Payroll people understand the rules when overtime hours are involved.

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IRS: ‘We’ll give you a break on pay violations’


September 29, 2011 by Jim Giuliano

Check with Payroll and HR. If any workers have been mistakenly classified as independent contractors, you can avoid a big hit by signing up for an IRS program.

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