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How does an employer communicate layoffs internally?

There are federal and state laws about laying off employees, which require advance notice in many cases. An employer should reach out to legal or employment counsel for help before taking actions to lay off employees.

How does a company proceed after an employee has informed her employer that she has a medical condition or disability and that she needs certain changes to her working environment?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to engage in an interactive process with an employee to determine whether or not the employee can perform the essential functions of the job with or without an accommodation. The ADA permits employers to ask the employee to provide medical documentation to establish the existence of a […]

What is single trigger stock option acceleration?

Single trigger stock option acceleration is based on one trigger, typically an acquisition, but can also be based on termination of employment for certain reasons. This allows for an employee’s unvested shares to be fully vested or “accelerate” and is designed to reward the employee for his or her contribution to the company.

What is the AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax)?

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is an IRS rule to ensure that individuals and corporations that benefit from certain exclusions, deductions or credits pay at least a minimum amount of tax.

Is an employer required to give interns vacation time?

There are no laws specifically requiring a company to provide vacation time to interns. If an employer offers paid time off under a handbook, written, or unwritten policy, the employer should specifically explain how interns will be treated in that policy. Remember that local and state laws on sick leave may also apply to interns.

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

The distinction between independent contractors and employees depends on many factors and can vary state to state. In general, an independent contractor has control over work location and work hours, can make independent choices about the way the work is performed, can hire someone to perform some or all of the work, does not receive […]

How does a company set up COBRA for a terminated employee?

Once an employee’s employment is terminated, the health insurance broker will often administer COBRA enrollment on the employer’s behalf. The employee must be provided with notification of eligibility for COBRA, along with information about the cost of premiums and how to enroll.

How does a company know how much to pay an employee?

The best way for an employer to hire an employee is to have accurate industry standard salary information and ensure that the company is offering a salary that is consistent with the market practice in the industry and level of the role. If the employee is well-qualified for the role, the company can rest at […]

How does hiring an independent contractor differ from hiring a vendor?

When a company hires an individual as an independent contractor, the independent contractor will fill out a W-9 form using his or her Social Security Number (or SSN). When an employer hires a vendor, the vendor will use their Employer Identification Number (or EIN).

What are best practices for boosting employee productivity at work?

Two ways for enhancing employees’ ability to work in a productive way is to ensure that they are in roles that are a good fit for their background and skillset and that they are aligned with the company’s mission and goals. If an employer finds that an employee has a tendency to “spin their wheels” […]

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