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Dodging Double Time – The Loophool

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Employees would think that the overtime and double time laws are pretty straight forward. They think they should be able to count up the number of hours that should be accounted for both based on the number of hours they work each week but, in fact, the calculations can get pretty tricky. There are even ways that employers can deliberately avoid paying double time (and even overtime) for certain types of employees and in certain situations.

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The Problem With Voice Over IP (VOIP)

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Our company has been using Voice Over IP phone systems for many years. We were lured by promises of convenience and mobility.

Indeed, we love that we can get work calls while out of the office on business – or even pleasure for that matter, that our remote employees can all use the same phone system, that we can check our call history online, and that we can forward calls based on various options. These would all be great features if they were fail safe but, unfortunately, they’re not.

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Affordable Care Act and the Misclassification of Employees

Employers have always faced penalties for misclassifying employees as independent contractors but now, with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some employers are finding yet another reason to try to skirt around the law.

Under the ACA, employers with 50 or more employees are required to offer health benefits to their workforce. If they don’t make health benefits available by the deadline, the company pays a penalty. You can see, then, how some companies might want to report having fewer than 50 employees so that they don’t have to offer health benefits.

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FAMILY Act – How Maternity Leave Is Changing in the US

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Most people in the US probably don’t realize this but the United States is behind every other developed nation with regard to paid-time-off. Your average American probably thinks that getting paid to take time off is just for the elite. But this is far from the truth in some parts of the world. Every other developed nation offers some benefits to postpartum mothers, and many of them offer quite a bit.

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