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IRS Has New W-4 Coming Next YearRead the rest of this entry »
Big changes are coming to the form employers use to know how much federal income tax to withhold.
Two years ago, when Congress enacted the sweeping changes of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, it eliminated personal and dependent exemptions. Previously, these exemptions were typically reflected on the W-4 workers filled out to tell payroll how much tax to take out of their paycheck.
Now, the IRS has ...
Make Your Job Ads Stand Out From the CrowdRead the rest of this entry »
Not getting the response you want to your job postings? The reason cold be as simple as the job posts themselves.
Are you selling the job or merely listing skills, experience and requirements? Do they have anything to attract attention -- images, color, bold design? Are you even attempting to describe why someone would want to work for your company?
Any sort of ad will attract any sort of candidate. But ...
Costume Ideas HR Will LikeRead the rest of this entry »
This is the time of year that sends shivers up the back of HR managers everywhere. Just thinking of what kinds of costumes some people might wear to work on Halloween is enough to tempt HR to take the advice of attorney Karen Michael and cancel the whole day.
And then deal with the Grinch who stole Halloween fallout for weeks.
We write about this HR dilemma every year. Last ...
Labor Department Schedules Webinars to Explain New Overtime RulesRead the rest of this entry »
Beginning New Year's Day, employers will have to start paying overtime to an estimated 1.3 million more workers.
Under rules announced last month by the Department of Labor, employees earning less than $684 a week will be entitled to time-and-a-half after 40 hours in a workweek. Some workers who are paid above the threshold may also be eligible for overtime pay, depending on their specific duties.
Applying the salary ...
4 Reference Checks Make For Better HiringRead the rest of this entry »
Reference checking is one of the checkbox tasks HR people do because they're supposed to, yet expect little. In our litigious society, many company policies allow only dates of employment, title and last pay.
Checking the references a candidate provides is considered next to worthless. The reasonable belief is that they're only going to give you the names of people they are sure will be positive.
A whitepaper from the ...
Add a Little Theater to Your Employee ExperienceRead the rest of this entry »
The employee experience is one of today's HR hot button issues. The Society for Human Resource Management has an entire resource center devoted to the topic. And there's more than 1,000 articles and references to "employee experience" on that one site alone.
A whitepaper with fresh research into the significance of the employee experience for business was released just last week by the HR news site TLNT.com.
Liberal Arts Grads Are as Likely to Have Business Careers as AnyoneRead the rest of this entry »
The last time we wrote about the employment prospects of humanities majors, the news was discouraging. A study by the New York Federal Reserve found half of recent English major grads were underemployed.
Our post was tempered by reports that employers were awakening to the advantages an educationally diverse workforce offered.
Now comes "Degrees at Work," a broader, more extensive study than the Fed's, which tells us the ...
Survey Finds Employees Dread Benefits Open EnrollmentRead the rest of this entry »
Who would have thought open enrollment would be so painful that a third of workers would rather talk about their weight than their benefits. Yet that's what a MetLife survey of 1,000 workers found.
In fact, almost half of workers dread the process almost as much as they do asking for a raise and only a little less than renewing their driver's license.
Dreading the process is one thing ...
Majority of Workers Don't Expect to Change JobsRead the rest of this entry »
Tomorrow the government reports its preliminary employment numbers for September. At 125,000 to about 130,000, analysts are predicting the month had one of the smallest increases in new private sector jobs this year.
However their guesses turnout, it will have no effect on the tight labor market. If anything, a report last week from the global consulting firm Gartner suggests hiring is about to get even more difficult ...
An Unexpected Benefit Of $15 an HourRead the rest of this entry »
As the US inches ever closer to a $15 an hour minimum wage, one of the unexpected benefits is turning out to be improved retention. Workers earning $15 are far less likely to quit after one year (41% vs. 70%) than are workers earning the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
The finding comes from Gusto, an HR applications provider that says it serves over 100,000 ...