HR White Papers
These white papers from leading HR experts provide great insight and research on timely relevant HR topics.
Whether you are the owner of a law firm, an HR manager or a safety and risk management specialist, at some point in time the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will probably come in to conduct an inspection at your place of work. OSHA should not be thought of as "bad," however, the penalties that can be implemented for violations can be financially devastating to your company. Download this white paper to learn how to properly handle an OSHA inspection.
This white paper addresses the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, on payroll taxes. This paper will address the background of the Act as well as the current payroll tax implications as well as those that take effect in the future.
Organizations of every size must continually strive to design and implement efficient means of delivering human resources support services to their employees. Providing timely access to company policies, procedures and benefits guidelines is equally important for administrators and employees. Moreover, the administration of employee benefits programs is in a constant flux due to rapidly changing laws and regulations. Human resources professionals are faced with the challenge of delivering effective support services with less personnel and financial resources. It is well known that a poorly designed or administered benefits program negatively affects employee satisfaction and retention. This white paper provides an introduction to benefits portals.
This white paper is a resource aid for HR professionals who want to create an effective employee attendance policy. You will find tips and best practices solutions to use as a guide that is adaptable to your company culture. A truly successful employee attendance policy should include the specific dynamics of your company.
This white paper provides a guide for HR professionals, attorneys, and safety and risk management professionals who are actively engaged in the workers’ compensation process. Discussion includes the employers’ responsibility regarding workplace safety, as well as defending and denying claims. Employers will understand the necessary framework for gathering evidence to defend claims and responding to fraudulent claims.
Employers looking to deploy a Workers' Compensation handbook likely know exactly where to go to find the existing law, but they may not be aware of the best practices to execute when turning the law into a sensible handbook for company employees. In general, though, there are some key sections and blocks of content that should appear in every workers' compensation handbook, no matter the state where the employer is based or the location where the employee is working. Following these best practices will make the handbook easier to use, and it will clarify whether or not employees can expect to file a valid claim under the state compensation program or whether their grievances are best addressed by pursuing another legal avenue outside the workers' compensation framework.
When adding a flexible spending account to any employee health care plan, benefits specialists need to keep in mind the annual contribution limits of this option. They also need to be aware of procedures like the "use it or lose it" rule, and the various types of FSA accounts that they'll be charged with administering to their team of employees. With a firm understanding of how these programs work, the potential for legal issues and conflicts throughout the year will be greatly reduced, while utilization of these key savings account will likely increase among the broader workforce.
The IRS now closely scrutinizes compensation paid by non-profit organizations. Understanding and complying with the lengthy IRS regulations can enable charities to avoid "intermediate sanctions" including excise taxes on employees and board members.
Small and large business owners alike owe it to themselves to better understand how the government's E-Verify initiative is helping business owners hire only those qualified applicants who are as qualified to earn income as they are to perform the task at hand. Implementation is relatively easy, and the benefits resulting from the E-Verify system continue to increase as more employers make it part of their standard hiring process. Download this white paper to learn the ins and outs of E-Verify.
If Americans were hoping for an end to political theater after the end of the 2012 elections, they certainly got an unpleasant surprise as the country edged closer and closer to the so-called "fiscal cliff" in the months that followed. For nearly six weeks, Congress debated a number of measures designed to avoid sequestration, keep the economy afloat, and guarantee favorable tax deductions and limitations for both businesses and individuals. Known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the resulting legislation was primarily a deal on taxes at all levels, locking in things like the estate tax, patching the Alternative Minimum Tax, and securing a large number of deductions and refund programs for businesses and individual taxpayers. The legislation was full of changes which are outlined in this white paper. The good news for those in professional payroll management is that many of these changes were minor and they're actually quite easy to accommodate.