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Rethinking Your Firm's Sick Days Policy

It’s the time of year where everyone is sick. It’s not unlikely you’re reading this to the sounds of coughing fits and sneezing attacks in the background. It’s also a time you might be reconsidering your firm’s sick day policy heading into 2014.
Education & Careers

Onboarding: Do We Know It All Yet?

You might think there's nothing new to learn about onboarding, but you'd be wrong. Onboarding is currently one of the most important business strategies, and many companies are still trying to perfect the process.
Practice

How Federal Contractors Can Navigate the Maze of Affirmative Action Compliance

This summer, Tufts Associated Health Plans Inc. agreed to pay more than $370,000 to settle allegations that it violated federal contract compliance regulations by retaliating against victims of discrimination.
Education & Careers

Survey Reveals Top Six Strategies to Recruit Skilled Workers

Many employers are pulling out all the stops to attract employees with in-demand skills, including offering better benefits, higher pay, and improved training and development opportunities, according to a new survey of CFOs.
Practice

Mandating Flu Vaccines: What Employers Should Know

Seasonal flu is not only unpleasant, it's expensive. Each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost because of the flu, which represents approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity.
Practice

HR Corner Q&A: Can I Force a Sick Employee to Go Home?

Question: Can you force an employee to go home who is coughing, sneezing, hacking and has a runny nose? The employee is out of sick leave but has vacation leave available to use. The employee is exempt.
Practice

Finding Skilled Professionals Remains a Challenge for Small Businesses

What's the greatest challenge for small business owners when it comes to hiring and managing staff? Sixty percent of business owners who were recently surveyed said finding skilled professionals is the biggest hurdle.
Practice

Ethical Behavior Differs Among Generations

A new study shows that the ethical behavior of younger workers differs from that of older generations. Business leaders should strengthen their ethics and compliance programs to address these differences.
Tax

Worker Classification Conundrum: Employee or Independent Contractor?

If your clients have workers they consider to be independent contractors, you may want to drill down to ensure they are classifying them correctly and they're not actually employees in the eyes of the government.
Practice

Buying Out Retiring Partners: What Does It Take?

Does your firm's partner agreement contain the necessary elements to buy out retiring partners in the near future? Perhaps you haven't looked at the agreement in several years, or maybe your firm doesn't even have one. Here are tips on what it takes to make partner buyouts successful.
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Managing the Rise of Baseless Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

In fiscal 2012, the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that employees filed almost 2,787 whistleblower retaliation claims.
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Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.
Education & Careers

Robert Half Survey Reveals Retention Is Executives' Main Staffing Concern

As difficult as it has become to locate top performers, keeping them on board is proving to be an even greater worry for employers. Nearly four in ten CFOs interviewed said retaining valuable employees is their biggest staffing concern for the next twelve months.
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Minimizing the Risk of Background Checks

Hiring is an expensive, time-consuming process – employers want to make sure they get it right the first time. For many employers, background checks represent a key tool in ensuring the people they hire are trustworthy and have the skills, experience, and education they claim to possess.
Technology

Three-Quarters of CIOs Surveyed Said Their Firms Don't Capture Customer Data

Big data is not without big obstacles for some CIOs. In a survey from Robert Half Technology, 76 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) said their companies don't presently gather customer data, such as demographics or buying habits.
Education & Careers

Accountants Pay Seen Rising an Average 3.3 Percent This Year

Accountants with solid credentials should have no employment worries, because demand and pay throughout the profession are showing strong gains this year, according to reports from the recruitment firm Robert Half International.
Tax

2013 Health Care Reform Checklist

The following checklist is intended to provide a list of common steps that plan sponsors should consider in preparing for compliance with health care reform for 2013 and later years.
Practice

How Employers Can Ensure I-9 Forms Are Correct

When Abercrombie & Fitch ran into problems with properly completing I-9 forms, it turned out to be a seven-figure mistake. A $1,047,110 fine was imposed, even though there was no proof the retailer knowingly hired illegal workers.
Education & Careers

Gaining Perspective – Ernst & Young Hosts Diversity Events

More than 150 high-achieving, ethnically diverse college students gathered in New York City this January to attend Ernst & Young LLP's seventh annual Discover Ernst & Young event.
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Minimizing Employee Litigation through Arbitration Agreements

Employers can minimize many employee lawsuits and their fallout through arbitration agreements, where a neutral arbitrator hears the facts of the dispute and makes a binding ruling.

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