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MA court rules for woman fired for medical marijuana use

A Massachusetts’ top court on Monday ruled that a woman who had been fired for testing positive for marijuana that she had been legally prescribed under state law could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination. Read more…https://www.reuters.com/article/us-massachusetts-marijuana-idUSKBN1A21WX

6 pitfalls of SMART Goal-setting

SMART is a mnemonic acronym, giving criteria to guide in the setting of objectives (goals). It commonly represents: Specific Measurable Achievable  (originally assignable ie who will do it) Relevant (originally realistic) Time-bound The primary benefits of utilizing SMART criteria is that goals are easier to understand and it’s clear when they are done. When you […]

Google Hire coming soon…

It looks like Google is preparing to go head to head with services like Greenhouse, Jobvite, and others. The online search giant will launch Google Hire, a service that allows companies to post job listings as well as accept and manage applications. Read more… http://www.androidauthority.com/google-job-new-service-764466/

Conduct your next interview as if it were the first

Your small business has achieved the revenue level where you can and must hire your next employee. Candidates are coming this afternoon for the interview. Are you ready to make one of the most important decisions of the year? Click the link to read the rest of the article by John Rossheim http://hiring.monster.com/hr/hr-best-practices/small-business/conducting-an-interview/your-next-hire.aspx?WT.mc_n=olm_emp_disp_f&k_clickid=22623d3c-270a-ec29-da75-000044f76317&k_trackingid=69857221

Blind auditions could give employers a better hiring sense

This is a very interesting 4 minute audio story (or read the transcript) of entrepreneur Petar Vujosevic who saw a big problem with the way the hiring system works and set out to improve it. Vujosevic says, “There is definitely room to improve how we view talent, how we screen talent, how we engage with talent and […]

FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XXII)

FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XXII) Source: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-aca22.html Set out below are additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act. These FAQs have been prepared jointly by the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments). Like previously issued FAQs (available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/ […]

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage Poster

http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/flsa.htm

Minimum Wage Laws in the States

http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm

Obamacare – Extra Time to Small and Large Businesses

Treasury and IRS Issue Final Employer Mandate Rules for Obamacare, Giving Extra Time to Small and Large Businesses: http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/Treasury-IRS-Issue-Final-Employer-Mandate-Rules-Obamacare-69572-1.html?utm_campaign=tax%20pro%20today-feb%2012%202014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&taxpro=1

Affordable Care Act 101: Key Requirements for Small Businesses

This article written by Intuit (the makers of QuickBooks) is very practical resource to get quick and an-depth answers to what the Affordable Care Act is and how it may affect you and your business. http://payroll.intuit.com/support/kb/2001632.html

What Small Businesses Need to Do for Obamacare Before Oct. 1, 2013

Source: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-03/what-small-businesses-need-to-do-for-obamacare-before-oct-dot-1 Karen E. Klein September 03, 2013 The health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act will open on Oct. 1. Most small employers—those with 50 or fewer full-time employees—are not required to offer health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Even businesses with more than 50 full-time employees have gotten a one-year reprieve from penalties if […]

Affordable Care Act: More Restaurants Replace Full-Timers, Concerned About Insurance Costs

In response to the Affordable Care Act, more restaurants replace full-timers with part-timers because the Affordable Care Act requires employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent workers to offer affordable insurance to employees working 30 or more hours a week or face fines. Despite the Obama administration recent announcement that a one-year reprieve to 2015 on […]

Revised Definition of a New Hire beginning on 04/21/12

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (PUblic Law 112-40), which amends Section 453A (a) (2) of the Social Security Act, includes a revised definition of “newly hired employee” to include any worker: 1. not previOusly employed by the employer; or 2. previously employed by the employer but separated from such prior employment for […]

CA Employer New Hire Notice (Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011)

California Governor Brown has signed into law AB 469 (Chapter 655, Statutes of 2011) known as the Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011. Click here for the full text of the Bill. The provisions of the Act become effective January 1, 2012. Labor Code section 2810.5 was added by the bill which requires that all […]

2012 Form W-4, Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate

Workers should review their withholding every year and if necessary, fill out a new Form W-4 and submit it to their employer. Workers who claimed exempt on their 2011 Form W-4 will need to complete a new Form W-4 for tax year 2012 by February 16, 2012 in order to maintain their exempt status.

South Dakota Youth Employment Laws

South Dakota Youth Employment Laws Source: http://dlr.sd.gov/wagehrs/youthemployment.aspx

South Dakota Minimum Wage $7.25/hour

South Dakota Minimum Wage $7.25/hour Source: http://dlr.sd.gov/wagehrs/minimumwage.aspx

No law requiring rest or meal breaks in South Dakota

No law requiring rest or meal breaks in South Dakota Source: http://dlr.sd.gov/wagehrs/breaks.aspx

Final Paycheck laws for South Dakota employers

Final Paycheck (Termination or Separation) laws for South Dakota employers. Source: http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=60-11-10 http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=60-11-11

Termination rules for South Dakota Employers

Termination rules for South Dakota Employers: http://dlr.sd.gov/wagehrs/termination.aspx

Final Paycheck laws for South Dakota employers

Final Paycheck (Termination or Separation) laws for South Dakota emplooyers. Source: http://dlr.sd.gov/wagehrs/youthemployment.aspx Source: http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=60-11-11

Preparing to hire your first employee

Some reseources to help understand and consider what’s involved with hiring your first employee. Ofcourse, we’re here to help too. Source:  http://payroll.intuit.com/payroll_resources/payroll_method/index.jsp

Finding good employees

A useful article on finding god employees: Source: http://payroll.intuit.com/payroll_resources/finding_good_employees/index.jsp

Guide to Hiring and Paying Employees

A useful guide to hiring and paying employees: Source: http://payroll.intuit.com/payroll_resources/guide_to_hiring/index.jsp

HR: Six Must-Ask Interview Questions

Six Must-Ask Interview Questions By Joe Turner  Interviewing can be a gut-wrenching process. Most books on how to interview list hundreds of questions you need to be ready to answer, but few talk about the questions you need to ask.     Take more control at your next interview by asking some pointed questions of your […]