HR White Papers

White Papers from leading HR experts provide great insight and research on timely relevant HR topics.

So You Want to Give Your Employee a Bonus?

October 10, 2018

The reason behind most bonuses is to share the wealth, however the same bonus can come with consequences. Employees receive bonuses for many reasons beyond the employer simply wanting to reward for a job well done. Employers are able to provide this extra compensation without having to address wage increase benefits. However, there can be some down sides to giving bonuses to employees. This white paper reviews non-discretionary and discretionary bonuses, as well as gifting.

Form 5472 International Tax Evasion & Money Laundering

July 4, 2018

Accounting complexities bode dangerous for foreign investors. Prior to 2017, foreign investors used a 2-tier investment approach for US source assets. They would obtain a single member US LLC, which invested as a 25% foreign shareholder of a US corporation which made US investments to purchase US assets. This white paper reviews how investors were able to hide their ownership and the tax compliance penalties involved.

Social Gatherings and Social Media this Holiday Season - What's Not to

May 30, 2018

It's never too earlier to start planning for the holidays. Most employers celebrate the holidays by throwing a party for their employees. It creates a positive feeling among the team and can connect colleagues that may not get to interact with their day-to-day duties. While the idea of having a party always has the best intentions, a quick search online can show how things can take a quick turn for the worst … all captured on social media. This white paper reviews some precautions that employers can take to save the company from a social media headache at the holidays.

Vacation Float: Managing (and Recouping) Unearned Vacation Time

May 9, 2018

Don't get burnt by employee vacations. While an employee is enjoying their time off, employers are left at the office figuring out how to deal with the dilemma of vacation float issues. By allowing an employee to take vacation time that they haven’t actually earned, employers are juggling how to get the value of that time back if the employee leaves before “repaying” it? This white paper addresses different approaches to recoup the time used.

Post-Accident Drug Testing Under OSHA’s New Rule

May 8, 2018

When can employers drug test their employees? OSHA’s “new rule” took effect on January 1, 2018. This rule instructs employers to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA. Along with the electronic submissions, this rule also incorporates an anti-retaliation provision. This provision prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. This white paper intends to inform how to conform with this rule.

No-Recording Policies: May Employers Ban All Worker Recordings?

April 4, 2018

Recording others is easier than ever. Employees have the opportunity to record both video and audio with the push of a button ... on their smartphone. Whether it is in a weekly meeting, a hallway conversation, disciplinary discussions, etc., any and all comings and goings in the workplace have the chance of being recorded. Employers are becoming more and more concerned about what content is potentially being recorded which is leading some to adopt policies to prohibit these recordings at work. Download this white paper to read about how these policies may violate the NLRA; and receive some policy pointers.

Empirically-Supported Approaches for Using Technology in Clinical Assessment and Treatment

March 21, 2018

May I Please Go to My Therapy Session? The digitally-minded student requires a new approach. The optimal therapeutic setting is not the same for everyone. For students, the introduction of technology as part of the treatment plan can engage them to actively participate more. This white paper will provide you with various ways that technology is used with clients. Start using new techniques today.

Things to Watch Out For in Commercial Ground Leases

March 21, 2018

Potential Pitfalls for the Unwary Since ground leasing is typically something the average landholder does only once in his life, he is at a disadvantage with respect to understanding business risks of ground leasing from the perspective of the ground lessor, in comparison to a sophisticated ground lease tenant with multiple ground lease experiences. Big box or other major franchise convenience food or retail business are typically experienced and sophisticated with respect to ground leasing. Often they will approach a negotiation based on their own self-generated form, which is well integrated with ground lessee and lender protections. Their ground leases generally contain certain commonly used features. Purchasers of property subject to existing ground leases, in particular convenience food or shopping center leases with national or regional franchise occupants, should expect that the ground lease probably contains these features and should review title carefully to determine if they exist.

Complying with HIPAA

March 21, 2018

A checklist for business associates. The HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules now apply to both covered entities and their business associates. Given the increased penalties, lowered breach notification standards, and expanded enforcement, it is more important than ever for business associates to comply or, at the very least, document good faith efforts to comply, to avoid a charge of willful neglect, mandatory penalties, and civil lawsuits. Download this white paper for a review of key compliance actions that business associates should take.

Using Dash Camera Video in Civil Litigation

January 31, 2018

In order to use dash camera videos to a client's advantage in civil litigation, it is necessary to understand why these videos are powerful and how they can be used in court. Remember that many jurors have grown to expect the type of crystal clear evidence that they see presented on popular television programs. Using dash camera video is an excellent way to meet the evidentiary demands of modern juries. Download this white paper to learn how to effectively use dash camera video in civil litigation. Learning Objectives - Learn how dash camera videos affect civil litigation. - Review the use of dash camera videos in civil litigation. - Learn how to craft an effective dash camera video usage policy.