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Calculators:
Turnover is an important metric for human resource professionals. Tracking turnover helps provides information that can be used to address issues before key employees leave the organization.
Checklists:
This sample Bonus Payments checklist, “Bonuses Checklist,” can be used to audit compensation issues in the workplace. Download this Bonus Payments sample checklist to your computer or print it out.
This sample Bonus Payments checklist, “Incentive Compensation Checklist,” can be used to audit compensation issues in the workplace. Download this Bonus Payments sample checklist to your computer or print it out.
This sample Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) checklist, “Employee Classification Checklist,” can be used to audit compensation issues in the workplace. Download this Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sample checklist to your computer or print it out.
This sample Compensation Administration checklist, “Federal Laws on Compensation Checklist,” can be used to audit compensation issues in the workplace. Download this Compensation Administration sample checklist to your computer or print it out.
Under the new FLSA overtime regulations, in order to prove that an employee qualifies for an executive exemption, you must be able to check off all of these items.
The learned professional exemption is restricted to professions in which specialized academic training is a standard prerequisite for entrance into the profession. To prove that an employee qualifies for a learned professional exemption under the FLSA, you must be able to check off all the following items.
In order to prove that an employee qualifies for an administrative exemption under the FLSA, you must be able to check off all the following items.
Forms:
Sample letter that can be used when an employee's job is downgraded.
Sample letter used to notify employee of reclassification to exempt status.
Sample letter used to notify employee of salary increase.
Guidance:
You collect a massive amount of employee information in both paper and digital formats. But what do you need to keep, and for how long?
You collect a massive amount of employee information in both paper and digital formats. But what do you need to keep, and for how long?
With the clear push to provide paid sick leave and, in some cases, paid family leave gaining strength nationwide, now is the time to ensure that your PTO policy is properly administered.
With the clear push to provide paid sick leave and, in some cases, paid family leave gaining strength nationwide, now is the time to ensure that your PTO policy is properly administered.
Your sales team is your front line in the battle for business success and they need a solid, clear battle plan to know where they’re going and what they’re trying to achieve.
Your sales team is your front line in the battle for business success and they need a solid, clear battle plan to know where they’re going and what they’re trying to achieve.
In many organizations, compensation is shrouded in a veil of secrecy and surrounded by taboo. You don’t ask about what your fellow employee is making, and you certainly don’t disclose what you’re getting paid. Some companies may even have confidentiality policies around pay. But today, that culture is changing.
In many organizations, compensation is shrouded in a veil of secrecy and surrounded by taboo. You don’t ask about what your fellow employee is making, and you certainly don’t disclose what you’re getting paid. Some companies may even have confidentiality policies around pay. But today, that culture is changing.
Not all jobs are created equal, and job evaluations can be a great way to determine how important and impactful a particular job is to your organization.
Not all jobs are created equal, and job evaluations can be a great way to determine how important and impactful a particular job is to your organization. With a clear definition and evaluation of the importance of the position, you can more effectively allocate your rewards budget, and keep your top performers delivering superior ROI.
How are your payroll tax requirements changing for 2016? How can you be sure you are compliant with IRS, Affordable Care Act (ACA), and other regulations?
How are your payroll tax requirements changing for 2016? How can you be sure you are compliant with IRS, Affordable Care Act (ACA), and other regulations?
Comparing and adjusting your organization's compensation plan to remain competitive is critical to retaining top talent and attracting highly qualified applicants. Your salary structure should be commensurate with others in your field and geographical region.
Comparing and adjusting your organization's compensation plan to remain competitive is critical to retaining top talent and attracting highly qualified applicants. Your salary structure should be commensurate with others in your field and geographical region.
Deciding when to use incentive pay plan strategies was difficult enough in strong economic times, but the recession wreaked havoc with merit budgets, workforce levels, and the psychological challenge of dealing with uncertainty in a tentative economic environment.
Deciding when to use incentive pay plan strategies was difficult enough in strong economic times, but the recession wreaked havoc with merit budgets, workforce levels, and the psychological challenge of dealing with uncertainty in a tentative economic environment.
When the DOL’s new rules go into effect, chances are you’ll need to reclassify some—or many—exempt employees to non-exempt status. But, what happens to those who will remain exempt under DOL rules?
When the DOL’s new rules go into effect, chances are you’ll need to reclassify some—or many—exempt employees to non-exempt status. But, what happens to those who will remain exempt under DOL rules?
Often the link between pay and performance is lost in translation, both for employees and management. But the effort to fix it can be well worth it, both for employee morale and your bottom line. The trick is to know the hurdles facing pay for performance structures, and then develop strategies to overcome them.
Often the link between pay and performance is lost in translation, both for employees and management. But the effort to fix it can be well worth it, both for employee morale and your bottom line. The trick is to know the hurdles facing pay for performance structures, and then develop strategies to overcome them.
Whether it's an unexpected resignation or an unplanned, immediate termination, the clock is ticking on your employee's final paycheck. If you delay or get it wrong, you could face strict penalties and even a wage and hour class action.
Whether it's an unexpected resignation or an unplanned, immediate termination, the clock is ticking on your employee's final paycheck. If you delay or get it wrong, you could face strict penalties and even a wage and hour class action.
Minimum wage rates vary from state to state. This chart identifies the 2016 minimum wage for all 50 states as well as the federal minimum wage and selected cities.
Are you exempting employees from time and a half when you shouldn't be? Do you use "independent contractors" that are actually your employees, under complex wage and hour laws?
Are you exempting employees from time and a half when you shouldn't be? Do you use "independent contractors" that are actually your employees, under complex wage and hour laws?
Effective January 1, 2016, California has one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country, now that Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act into law.
Effective January 1, 2016, California will have one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country, now that Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act into law.
Now that the DOL’s newly proposed overtime exemption rules are closer to becoming final, “exempt vs. nonexempt” is, understandably, one of the hottest HR issues today.
Now that the DOL’s newly proposed overtime exemption rules are closer to becoming final, “exempt vs. nonexempt” is, understandably, one of the hottest HR issues today.
Are you correctly calcutating employee hours worked under state and federal laws and regs? Are you sure?
Are you correctly calcutating employee hours worked under state and federal laws and regs? Are you sure?
Do you have a policy on what employees can and can't reveal about their pay and benefits? The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) final rule on pay transparency took effect on January 11, 2016.
Do you have a policy on what employees can and can't reveal about their pay and benefits? The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) final rule on pay transparency took effect on January 11, 2016.
Job Descriptions:
Provide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth, or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Manage or coordinate fitness and wellness programs and services. Manage and train staff of wellness specialists, health educators, or fitness instructors.
Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.
Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.
Administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.
Performs engineering duties including design and testing. Does not include mechanical or electrical engineers.
Employ search marketing tactics to increase visibility and engagement with content, products, or services in Internet-enabled devices or interfaces. Examine search query behaviors on general or specialty search engines or other Internet-based content. Analyze research, data, or technology to understand user intent and measure outcomes for ongoing optimization.
Plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.
Policies:
Sample policy for Hours of Work.
Bonus Payments
White Papers:
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The best-designed compensation plan won’t work as intended if people don’t understand it. Explaining and, in effect, selling the plan are necessary to motivate desired behaviors, asserts Joseph DiMisa, senior vice president of Sales Force Effectiveness at Sibson Consulting. To do that effectively, he says, compensation plan communication should include specific elements.
Known as a premium reimbursement arrangement, this consumerization model is nothing short of a complete turnover of the existing benefits landscape. No longer would employers be faced with administrative headaches and ever-increasing cost burdens. Instead, their involvement would be only in subsidizing part of the cost of benefits. Budgeting for benefits becomes easier; employers simply choose an amount of money they can afford to pay employees toward the purchase of their benefits and contract with a company that can help communicate and administer the program. "Once the program is under way," Lindquist says, "the company’s HR office shouldn’t need to spend more than 5 minutes per month working on benefits."
PayScale’s latest study of compensation practices, the 2016 Compensation Best Practices Report, shows that many companies are rethinking traditional ways of handling pay. Their efforts seem to focus on retaining top performers rather than on recruiting, as in earlier years. "We are in the midst of a sea change in the way companies think about compensation," said Mike Metzger, president and CEO at PayScale. "More employers realize the importance of adopting innovative approaches to pay in order to retain the people who are making the largest impact.
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How much should you be paying to attract and retain the best employees, based on your industry and location?


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