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Author: Lindsay Sommers

How to Legally Handle a No-Call/No-Show Employee

When you carefully create a work schedule based on people’s availability, it’s frustrating when employees don’t show up for their shifts. It’s even more frustrating when employees don’t notify anyone about their absence because this leaves you understaffed and stressed out. Here’s how to handle a no-call/no-show employee, legally:

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Paying Employees for Both Travel Time and Mileage Reimbursements?

Although millions of people have recently joined the remote workforce, many employees still travel to work daily. Some workers travel more than others, though. Many employees, such as home care providers and construction workers, must travel for work. They often commute from work site to work site throughout their shifts. Employees who travel for work purposes may be eligible to earn travel time and mileage reimbursements.

Do you have to pay your employees both travel time and mileage reimbursements?

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How Much Does It Really Cost to Replace Employees?

Good employees are the champions of your business. Their uniqueness and skills bring special qualities that help your company prosper. It can therefore be difficult to lose these types of high-quality individuals when they move on to other career opportunities. It’s challenging to see them go, but it’s even more challenging to replace these employees. No matter how much time you have to prepare for their departure, it’s often still difficult to find someone to fill their shoes. Replacing employees is also costly in many ways: it will take time, it will take funding, and it will take a lot of effort.

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Can an Employer Require Employees to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

When the pandemic first hit our shores at the beginning of 2020, about 44% of the United States workforce started working from home. It quickly developed into a popular trend that made people feel safe and protected during unknown times. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is here, people feel more secure about living life among others again. This also means that companies are preparing to have their workforce return to their old offices outside of the home.

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The Types of Discrimination at Work & How to Avoid it

In the workplace, you’re bound to meet people with ideas and values that diverge from your own. Many employers work hard to create diverse teams, as it enhances creativity, improves decision-making, increases profitability, and amplifies engagement. There’s no question that a diverse staff improves company culture, increases retention, and promotes growth; however, diversity can come with serious downsides when employees clash with a coworker’s personal values and beliefs.

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Time Tracking Tips That Keep You Compliant and Protected

Time tracking is incredibly important when you have employees, contractors, or even if you simply want to track your own productivity. No matter how many people you employ, having a solid time tracking system ensures that your workers are paid properly and accurately. It also gives you insight into your productivity on projects and your progress towards accomplishing company goals. Tracking time accurately also means you can bill clients properly, which avoids embarrassing and costly mistakes. Improving transparency and accuracy is key to staying compliant with labor laws while protecting you against pesky fees from the Department of Labor.

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Scheduling Laws: How Much Time to Give Employees Between Shifts

Scheduling employees correctly is important in ensuring smooth operations at the workplace. Not only must you confirm that employees are available, but you must also comply with local and federal scheduling rules. You must keep scheduling laws into consideration to protect you from potential fees and penalties in the future.

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Is it Legal to Require Employees to Find Coverage for Time Off?

Asking for time off can be confusing for some, especially since the federal government doesn’t have regulations for sick or vacation time. Time off is mostly left to each employer’s individual discretion, which often leaves employees confused about the rules. They may wonder, for instance, whether an employer can require them to find coverage for time off. Well, can they? Let’s learn more…

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Reasons Why You Have to Back Pay Employees

If an employee needs to receive back pay, this means that the employee wasn’t compensated correctly for their work. An employee may be owed back pay for bonuses, promotions, pay increases, or for hours they worked. Whatever the case may be, back pay is something that employers need to take seriously and handle in a timely manner. 

Here’s what you need to know:

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CA Locks Down Their Meal Break Requirements

California is known for its strict employment laws, and meal breaks are no exception. Recently, the meal break violations in Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC, have elucidated some issues surrounding CA timekeeping rules. This case specifically highlighted issues related to meal breaks and time rounding. Overall, it’s best to steer clear of time rounding practices when it comes to employee meal periods. If you’re a business owner or manager, you need to understand this case to know how to handle meal periods moving forward.

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The 2020 Tax Filing Deadline is Extended to May 2021!

If you’re a procrastinator, much like the 50-million people who didn’t file their taxes in 2019 until April 15th, I have good news for you! The U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the tax due date will extend from April 15th, 2021 to May 17th, 2021, giving everyone an extra month to gather their 2020 tax information.

Here’s what you need to know:

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