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All The Right Questions – Smart Tips For Employers

By Robert G. Epstein, Career Bank There are certain questions in an interview that make sense. And then there are the questions that make a difference.When an employer sits down to talk with a potential employee, there are critical pieces of information that they should walk away with from that meeting. Asking the basic questions—past employers, professional goals, accomplishments—is a given.
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'Employers Use Waivers For Legal Protection' Free Report

Any time an employee is terminated, employers risk wrongful termination lawsuits in response. Fortunately a new free report released on AHI’s Employment Law Resource Center can help reduce the risk.A free report "Employers Use Waivers For Legal Protection" lays the groundwork for employers to create their own legally-defensible waiver agreements. Included in this report:Waiver Basics: Discover the requirements under the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) needed for a knowing and voluntary waiver.

The Importance of Job Descriptions and How to Prepare Them

Consider your current hiring and evaluation processes. Do you incorporate job descriptions as part of these processes? If not, you may want to review your policies. A job description may be one of the most important legal documents in the organization. A common fear, that job descriptions may limit an employee's production, pales in contrast to a legal battle for breach of contract. If written properly, a job description can enhance an employee's contribution within the organization.
Education & Careers

Jobseekers Guide on How to Assess a Firm's Ethics

Whether seeking a career in public accounting, private industry or as a securities analyst, many job-seekers say the recent wave of accounting scandals has convinced them it's more important than ever to get a reading on the ethics of the hiring company or firm. The search for answers has led job seekers to Internet message boards and other seemingly promising sources of information. But many still find it's just about impossible to uncover an employer's weak spots in advance. And the stakes have never been higher.
Practice Management

Strategic Thinking Versus Strategic Planning

Many corporations facing the future with diminishing resources, find that restricted resources exert increasing pressure on management to plan more carefully. This pressure necessitates the need to think strategically in the pursuit of viable opportunities. Senior management's ability to formulate and articulate a clear vision, accompanied by implementation of succinct strategic goals and objectives, is a primary determinate of the potential success of an organization. WHO IS THE COMPETITION? An organization's competition used to be clear and predictable.

Ten Employer-Employee Rules For Successfully Running a Small Business

Compliments of bizmove.comYou've just been in a serious car accident. You've got massive internal injuries and a broken jaw. You're going to be in the hospital at least a month. Your jaw is wired shut so you can't use the phone. Will your business run easily and well while you recover? Will your customers be served while you are gone? If you've just experienced heart failure over this prospect, the following list is for you. The information below, if put into practice, will reduce your stress, increase your business' productivity, and give you the vacation you so richly deserve.

Accenture Announces Job Cuts, Increase in Outsourcing Services

International consulting firm Accenture, formerly known as Andersen Consulting, has announced the planned layoff of 1,000 personnel, primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The job cuts represent slightly more than 1 percent of the company's 75,000-person workforce and are the result of a general economic slump and a cutback on spending in the fields of information technology by large corporations.
Practice

You Can Lead a Horse to Water – How to Lead And Succeed In Business

Gone are the days when the boss was the BOSS. Today, one of the biggest challenges facing executives is how to incorporate new methods of motivational leadership while still maintaining old "command and control" management styles. How can a manager replicate the successes of Morgan, Rockefeller and Getty without ignoring the wants and needs of their employees?Alex Hiam is a management consultant and best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including The Portable MBA in Marketing and Marketing Kit for Dummies.

Executive Etiquette - Smug Attitude Can Hinder Management Prospects

by RHI Management Resources, www.rhimr.comConfidence is critical when interviewing for a job, but executives warn against too much of a good thing.
Tax

IRS Rules in Favor of Consumer-Driven Health Plans

In a decision that could change the benefit landscape of the nation's workplaces, the Internal Revenue Service ruled on Wednesday, June 26 that employers who participate in high-deductible health care insurance policies may create Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) with rollover rights for their employees.For an HRA to qualify for the rollover treatment, employers must provide employees with a high-deductible health insurance policy with lower premiums than the typical low-deductible health plan popular in the workplace today.
Community News

Employee Terminations: Negotiating The Minefield

by John J. Myers, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLCA joke in a meeting. A passing comment overheard by another employee. A satisfactory employee evaluation. These are all pieces of evidence that can be used in court to prove that an employee was unlawfully discharged.The vast majority of unlawful discharge cases that former employees win are not based on direct evidence but rather on "indirect" or circumstantial evidence. The angry supervisor who makes a racist remark while firing an employee is an easy case to prove.

Effective Employee Incentive Programs: Bring Out the Best in Your Firm

By Lisa A. Rozycki, Marketing Director, Reinsel & Company LLPIn a firm-wide marketing survey, employees were asked what would motivate them to market the firm’s services. Not surprisingly, the top two answers were "incentive compensation" and "recognition" for their efforts.Like many CPA firms across the country, we’ve had the standard commission structure on new business and cross-selling services to existing clients for a number of years. Three years ago, the paper forms that needed to be filled out for compensation almost never left the shelf.

How to Protect Your Company's Interests: Proper Use of Non-Compete Clauses

Reprinted with permission. By, Michael D. Karpeles, partner, Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz, Ltd. and HR.com John is running a successful online computer supply business. He hires Ed, teaches him the ropes, and promotes him to general manager. Ed eventually quits, and within six months, has created his own online computer supply business nearby using many of the sales techniques he learned from John. John, of course, is furious, but he has little recourse against Ed unless Ed had previously signed a non-compete agreement with John.
Tax

New California Rule Regarding Travel Time Compensation For Non-Exempt Employees

Printed with Permission By, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP: Mike Sullivan and Gwendolyn ChristesonRecently, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (the "DLSE") issued an opinion letter regarding whether time spent traveling on out-of-town business trips constitutes "hours worked," and must be paid. The DLSE concluded that whenever an employer requires a non-exempt employee to travel out-of-town, all of the time spent traveling constitutes "hours worked," and must be paid.
A&A

Five Steps to Reduce Company Health Insurance Costs

by Dr. David Rearick, Chief Medical Officer of Coalition America, Inc.With healthcare costs again creeping toward double-digit levels and business profits still lagging, top corporate managers must take a personal and pro-active role in addressing those factors that drive up medical insurance costs. That is an assessment by leading companies and consultants who work with corporations to manage their healthcare costs."We have entered another period when medical insurance costs are moving upward," said Dr.
Practice Management

Free Report – 'Nixing Negativity In The Workplace'

Negativity in the workplace could pose serious employee motivation and legal problems for employers. The free report -- "Nixing Negativity In The Workplace" -- gives employers a blueprint for recharging their workplace with positive and productive attitudes by laying out negativity red flags to beware of, explaining practical do's and don'ts to incorporate in their management techniques, and even pinpointing legal problems that may attach themselves to negative attitudes.

Ten People Management Tips

Create ExpectationsTell people up front what is expected of them.Set a Stretch ChallengeMake people grow and coach them along the way.Never move too slowly on critical personnel decisionsDragging your feet here will really hurt your business.Involve people in both DEVELOPING and IMPLEMENTING strategyToo much tops down brings the top down.Call a Spade a SpadeAddress poor performance or it'll cost you -- BIG.Reward your stars!Pay good performers what they're worth, and it will be returned to you tenfold.Get the Right Person for
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Survey: More Employees Receiving Work/Life Benefits

A survey of major U.S. employers by Hewitt Associates shows more companies are offering work/life benefits to their employees this year, despite the economic downturn. The two fastest growing benefits are group purchasing programs and onsite personal conveniences.Key findings:Group purchasing (discounted purchases) are offered by 44% of companies surveyed.

Employees Need Soft Skills - Good Manners Matter

Today's business is plagued with stories of lost sales, eroded relationships, and missed opportunities that may have been caused by a lack of "soft skills." The phrase, soft skills, in this context, is synonymous with good manners, such as how to introduce your colleagues, how to butter your bread in a restaurant, and even how to carry your golf bag. A lack of proper manners and good etiquette can cost you business in today's competitive environment.
Community News

Four Ways to Help Your 'Old Dog' Employees Learn Some New Tricks

Collaboration, Change & Comfort Zones: 4 Ways to Help Your "Old Dog" Employees Learn Some New Tricks.If you want your employees to work together online, you must first help them break out of their comfort zones. Collaboration Architects co-founder John Darling tells you how.You know the time is right to join the ranks of those companies that are benefiting from online collaboration technology. Employees working together via the Web is clearly the wave of the future. And there are plenty of great software programs out there. Still, there is one major barrier to overcome: human nature.

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