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Author: Peggy Emch

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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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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Entrepreneurs Need to Track Time Too – Here’s Why

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Everyone knows employees need to track time so they can be paid accurately, but freelancers and entrepreneurs may not realize that they should be tracking their time too. Time is an entrepreneur’s most valuable resource and so it’s important to allocate it wisely. Time tracking can help entrepreneurs and freelancers do just that.

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What Happens When You Make a Payroll Mistake?

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Making a payroll mistake could mean getting reported to the Department of Labor. It could mean that you’ll get sued, fined, ordered to pay back wages, and forever fear the DOL. It’ll be an ugly mess over an honest mistake, right?

Well, not necessarily. If employers honestly try to follow the rules and don’t deliberately try to reduce overtime, the DOL may be lenient with a payroll mistake. At least that’s how it has appeared in a recent case.

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4 Signs You Under Charge Clients and How to Fix It

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Freelancers often start out (and end) charging too little for their services. It’s easy to feel like you’re asking too much – especially when your fee is more than you yourself have ever paid for anything – but businesses have bigger budgets than most individuals have so it’s more likely that you under charge your clients than over charge them.

Besides this lack of understanding of business finances, other problems might stand in your way of charging a fair rate:

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Negative Leave Balance – Should You Allow It?

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Occasionally, employees need to take more time off than they have accrued. Early time off requests might come up for any number of reasons such as unexpected family visits or holidays soon after being hired. Whatever the reason, it often happens that employees want to take more time off than they have earned. Employers need to decide if negative leave is acceptable for their business.

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What To Do When Employees Don’t Show Up for Work – Make an Attendance Policy

Create an attendance policy for employees that don't show up for work, no call no show

The excuses employees give when they’re late or don’t show up for work can be a little hard to believe sometimes. Hearing them again and again can be tiresome too. Nevertheless, you should treat each case individually and with care because sometimes absences happen for good reason. Create an attendance policy that deals with tardies, excessive absences, and the dreaded no call no show.

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