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September 11, 2015

Ask A Benefits Advisor: How Do Multi-State Employers Handle Health Insurance Compliance?

Bud Bowlin has been advising business owners about health insurance and benefits for more than 35 years. For his 70th birthday, we gave him his own advice column. Got a burning benefits question for Bud? Send it to AskBud@zenefits.com. Dear Bud, I run an advertising agency in San Francisco with over 50 employees. Next year, we’re opening […]

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September 11, 2015

5 Myths About Communication That Are Hurting Your Business

There are a million different companies out there, but there’s one thing they all have in common: They rely on communication to drive business forward. From core values to culture practices, conflict resolution to recruiting, sharing the right message in the right way is crucial to running a successful company. Despite this, we all bungle communication […]

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September 11, 2015

What are the federal laws related to employee record keeping?

Short Answer There is no short answer, really, when it comes to employee recordkeeping, thanks to numerous federal acts like Americans with Disabilities Act](http://www.ada.gov/), [Fair Labor Standards Act](http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/), and [Family Medical Leave Act, to name just a few. General Rule As a general rule, you should keep records for the following years: – Personnel records […]

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September 11, 2015

Can I limit the amount of hours a part-time employee works in a week?

Short Answer The Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA)](http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/) doesn’t have a specific definition of [part-time employment. Rather, it is left to employers to determine how many hours employees work each week. In-Depth Discussion Because it’s up to you to set a part-time employee’s hours, it’s also up to you to establish a protocol for violations […]

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September 10, 2015

Can an employee who makes minimum wage or above accept tips from customers?

Generally, employees making minimum wage or greater may accept tips from customers. Here’s an important tip for employers—between direct wages and tips—make sure that you’re paying employees at least the federal minimum wage. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Sets the Standard The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) doesn’t include any language that prohibits employees […]

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September 10, 2015

Can I require an independent contractor to use direct deposit for payment instead of a check?

Yes, you can require an independent contractor, direct employee, or any other type of employee to use direct deposit in place of a check. In fact, in some states, receiving direct deposits can be included as a condition of employment. The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal act that outlines federal standards for paying […]

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September 10, 2015

Am I obligated to keep an applicant’s drug screening results confidential?

Keeping drug test results confidential is a good practice. Federal Laws The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988](http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/asp/drugfree/require.htm) requires some federal contractors and all federal grantees to agree that they’ll have a drug-free workplace. This condition is necessary to receive the contract or grant from a federal agency. The Department of Labor has a useful [tool […]

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September 10, 2015

Can I assign specific lunch times for my employees?

More often than not, you can assign specific lunch times for employees. You’ll need to check your local laws to find out what the answer is for your company. Federal Laws According to the US Department of Labor, there’s currently no federal law mandating employer-supplied breaks or lunchtimes. State Laws However, over two-thirds of states […]

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September 10, 2015

Am I required to write a job description that describes a worker’s duties?

There isn’t a law that requires a job description in place for every role within a company, but having one is useful for compliance reasons. For instance, having a clear list of job responsibilities early on can make the measuring of performance later a much easier task. Drafting a job description may help you clarify […]

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September 10, 2015

Should hours spent on training be considered hours worked?

It depends on the situation. Generally, voluntary training that takes place outside of usual working hours isn’t considered working hours, whereas required work training or training that occurs during usual working hours are considered to be payable working hours. FLSA Hours Worked Advisor The Fair Labor Standards Act](http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/) (FLSA) sets [regulations regarding which training hours […]

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September 10, 2015

Can an employee be fired for asking for a raise?

As an employer you’re able to make the decision to fire an employee at will for just about anything beyond the realm of protected characteristics (i.e., being over 40, belonging to a certain religion, race, etc.) But It’s a Bad Practice Although there’s no law against it, firing employees simply for asking for a raise […]

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September 10, 2015

Is there a special way of calculating overtime for an inside sales full-time salaried, non-exempt employee?

Overtime requirements vary from state to state. In this case, it may seem complicated due to the amount of clarifying terms involved: “inside sales,” “full-time,” “salaried,” and, “non-exempt.” It will make it much easier to understand that, in this instance, the most significant term in that group, for the purposes of calculating overtime, is non-exempt. […]

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