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It’s Never Too Late to Combat Buddy Punching

Time theft is common among employees in the workplace and comes in many forms, most of which can be difficult to catch. One of the most common types of time theft, called “buddy punching,” occurs when one worker punches the clock on behalf of a late or missing co-worker. Most managers agree that dealing with attendance problems is hard enough but can be even harder with dishonest employees. With 3 out of 4 companies experiencing time theft from buddy punching, the practice is a serious problem facing most businesses at one time or another leading to poor productivity and lost profits.

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The Recruitment Process: Pros and Cons of Blind Hiring

Contributed by: Pauline Farris

The Recruitment Process: Pros and Cons of Blind Hiring Israel Weinstein; Tamika Johnson; Bob Jones; Ahmed Ak; Juanita Cortez; Ngyun Mingh; Sameer Patel.

Each of these names gives a recruiter key information about gender and ethnicity. Other information in a resume also reveals such things as the candidate’s neighborhood and age (based upon years of work experience or graduation).

While we all like to believe that we are blind to these pieces of personal information, there are subconscious biases in all areas of living and work, and the recruitment and hiring process is no different.

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Tackling Exempt Employee’s Attendance Problems, Legally

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It can be unnerving when exempt employees, who are paid a set salary, are chronically late. An employee could be 15 minutes late each day for a week and receive the same paycheck as someone who works the whole day. Unless the employee is able to make up for the lost time at the end of the day by staying late, that’s just not fair.

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States Which Require Expense Reimbursement Now Include Illinois

In the United States, expense reimbursement is only required in a couple of cases.

1. In the event an employment contract contains expense reimbursement, an employer is responsible for expense payments.

2. When employees pay for business related expenses, they are kicking back money to their employers. These kickbacks must be subtracted from an employee’s wages to accurately calculate minimum wage. If employees are not paid at least minimum wage, free and clear, the employer is in violation of the FLSA.

However, some states have their own laws surrounding expense reimbursement. Those states include: Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Montana, Pennsylvania, New York, Iowa, and the District of Columbia. Illinois was the newest addition this year.

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Why Millennial Employees Are Best Qualified to Reach Millennial Customers

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Contributed by Laura Gayle

The vast majority of the millennial generation is now old enough to be out of school and in the workforce, adding a new and sometimes complex dynamic to the traditional office environment. As many employers have noted, hiring and working with millennials isn’t always the same experience as working with Gen Xers or Baby Boomers. From the advent of the internet in early childhood to a coming of age during the Great Recession in the late 2000s, many societal and cultural influences have shaped the way millennials see and experience the world.

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Closing Payroll Early to Cover Holidays

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Employee payroll needs to adhere to a regular payroll schedule. Employers can’t just pay their employees whenever they get paid from their clients and they can’t postpone payroll because they ran into a big expense. However, while you do have to stick to a schedule, you can announce your plans to close payroll early so that employees get a check in time for the holidays.

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