Participate in EVERY webinar we produce in the coming year at a fraction of the per-event price. You'll tighten up your HR compliance … gain valuable employee coaching and management skills … sharpen your leadership abilities … and more — all for less than it would cost you to register for ONE live conference, or to send just ONE PERSON to an out-of-state training session. It's the most cost-effective way to train your whole team.
The Trump Administration followed through on its promise of a FIVEFOLD INCREASE in the number of I-9 audits and worksite inspections. Plus, the feds have recently introduced a brand-new version of the I-9 form that you MUST be using. And the fines for I-9 paperwork violations have nearly doubled. Are you sure that your I-9 practices can pass muster?
If your job has anything to do with payroll, pay attention: Thanks to the tax reform law, your job will be harder than ever this fall. That's because the IRS is radically changing the W-4 form and the withholding methods for 2020 to something entirely new … no pay period withholding and no withholding allowances. At all. What's in their place? A complicated worksheet that every employer must use to figure the withholding for every employee. Every pay period. Don't get caught unprepared and out of compliance.
The most valuable commodity you have is time. And, if you handle payroll compliance, time is running out. This year, year-end preparation is your best defense against once-in-a-lifetime changes to your W-4 and your withholding processes, necessitated by the big tax reform law. Employers are also facing intense new scrutiny of their W-2s, 1099s, 1095s and other payroll tax reporting compliance. A new federal law dramatically lowers the threshold for e-filing your information returns. These changes could trap unsuspecting employers who still think they're below the threshold.
Fact: After eight years of declines, the number of sexual harassment complaints filed by employees with the EEOC rose in 2018 to more than 7,500. And the EEOC recovered $70 million through enforcement, up from $47 million in 2017. Our expert attorney will walk you through today's new legal risks – in plain English, not legalese. Discover the new best practices for preventing, investigating and remedying sexual harassment in the workplace. Plus, get answers to YOUR questions about harassment training and eliminating the risks.
A Gallup survey says the #1 leadership behavior that hurts morale and productivity is "not providing enough feedback." And if you're just giving feedback once or twice a year at performance review time and expecting behavior change, that's like dieting on your birthday and expecting to lose weight. It doesn't make sense. Engaging in candid conversations needs to occur more frequently. This webinar will help you learn how to say the right thing, to the right person, at the right time and in the right way. Stop avoiding tough conversations! Join us in this content-rich and results-focused workshop to learn a proven process to help you tackle tough dialogue directly.
Resolving Employee Conflicts: How to Handle Squabbling Co-workers, Chronic Troublemakers & Fractured Teams
Conflicts between employees can disrupt morale, reduce productivity and create a generally unpleasant place to work. Because a solution often seems impossible, these disagreements can also drive managers crazy. The good news, however, is that you do not have to tolerate disruptive workplace conflicts. By consistently using effective management practices, you can restore peace and productivity to almost any bickering group.
Conducting Effective Performance Reviews: Recognize Achievements, Correct Poor Performance & Manage Reactions
What's the worst part of your job? Performance reviews. Almost everyone hates performance reviews. They stress out employees … they stress out managers … they create a huge hassle for HR. If you're like most employers, you're using procedures and documents cobbled together over the years. Result? A mere 30% of workers say their evaluations help them improve performance. Only 3 out of 10! You can't afford a casual approach to performance appraisals. Not when so much is at stake: pay rates, promotions, who gets chosen for training programs, who stays or goes during a reduction-in-force.
Paying employees for their travel time – and dealing with subsequent reimbursements and deductions – is one of the most confusing parts of HR and payroll administration. Alice Gilman, Esq., will explain IRS and DOL rules regarding what is considered "travel time" versus "commuting time," plus what is an allowable expense versus taxable wages. She will explain the tracking and paperwork necessary to compensate the traveling employee correctly.
Winter is coming – and that can mean messy legal and payroll trouble if your HR policies aren't in shape. Important: This is NOT just a snow issue. Historic hurricanes have pounded the country in recent years. Storms, floods, power outages, fires, tornadoes and extreme heat can also play havoc with your pay and attendance policies. Don't wait for a weather emergency to learn answers to questions like these. Now is the time to review your attendance and pay policies to make sure they cover all the bad-weather bases and comply with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Creating a digital handbook will cut costs, make updating easier and – most importantly – erase many of the legal dangers associated with paper handbooks. But e-handbooks involve more than just transferring written documents into a database. Don't get caught off guard! This is where HR and technology collide – join us on November 8 and get up-to-date on how to modernize your employee handbook so it’s easy to access, secure and legally sound.
If you keep all your personnel records, you could be liable for not complying with the Federal Trade Commission’s “disposal rule,” which requires you to dispose of paper and electronic records in a reasonable way. If you keep nothing, you’re virtually guaranteeing that you’ll lose every legal battle. Get the rules for developing a lawsuit-proof records-retention policy for disciplinary documentation, performance evaluations, workplace investigations and medical data. You’ll reduce the clutter, streamline record retrieval and protect yourself in court.
The biggest challenge for managers? Managing your own workload. At last, there’s one resource that helps you do everything better. The Manager’s Handbook: 104 Solutions to Your Everyday Workplace Problems will help you manage better from day one. No lofty theories or buzzwords – just practical advice that helps you get the job done while staying out of legal trouble. Manage better – and become and even more valuable member of your management team.
Clear, common-sense employment law advice that cuts directly to the bottom line. An attorney may say what the law is – but the monthly issues of HR Specialist: Employment Law and its related weekly e-letters explain what managers and HR professionals should do that is both safe and practical in the real world of business.
No matter who’s giving them, performance reviews are just … difficult. It would be so great to get this headache under control … ease your management burden … free yourself to concentrate on things that really matter. Now you can, with Performance Reviews: A Complete How-to Guide. This resource is packed with the essentials you need to get your HR staff on track.
As an administrative professional, you’re constantly pressed for time. And while you can’t add more hours to the day, there is a simple way to better manage your time: by advancing your skills on the programs you already use every day. Armed with 59 Technology Tips for the Administrative Professional, you’ll do more than harness the latest office technology to your advantage. You’ll enhance your value to the organization – and dramatically increase your marketability!
Many organizations aren't 100% sure about which employees are considered exempt from being paid overtime and which are nonexempt. The FLSA Compliance Guide has saved many confused and frustrated managers from expensive, unnecessary lawsuits involving not just overtime pay, but pay for travel time … inclement weather closings … even smoking breaks and jury duty, plus the gray areas of timekeeping and paying independent contractors.
In addition to providing plain-English HR advice that tells readers what they can do, not just what they can’t do, monthly issues of The HR Specialist and its related weekly e-letters show HR professionals how to raise the profile of the HR function from the back office to the boardroom. Readers will find personal success by developing innovative solutions to general management problems.
Protect your company with the comprehensive and easy-to-understand instructions in The Employer’s Practical Legal Guide. Prepared by top employment attorneys — then translated into plain language for business people — this must-have manual has everything you need to know to stop trouble before it starts … and limit the damage from innocent mistakes. More than 80 checklists and self-audit questionnaires help you target your company’s weak spots and correct them quickly.
You may know how to survive in today’s fast-paced admin world, but do you know how to thrive? You’re not the only admin to face the challenges you come across every day. Now you can learn how to tackle them from the people who have been where you are — other admins. You’ll learn how to master technology (before it masters you), work well with everyone and even advance your career. The Admin Pro Handbook is your own personal job coach!
Is your employee handbook an open invitation to sue you? With Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook you’ll fix the 10 disastrous mistakes found in almost every employee handbook and protect your organization against today’s newest trends in litigation. You’ll avoid the “cookie-cutter” trap and the policy-procedure blur, and secure enough wiggle room so you don’t get pinned down in court. Stop wondering about how you might be vulnerable — order Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook today.
People join companies, but they leave managers. Discover the tips, tricks and techniques you can use to motivate employees … banish negativity … recruit (and retain) top performers … and excel at managing people at work. Get management advice when you want it, the way you want it, with Managing People at Work.
Difficult People at Work: How to deal with credit grabbers, tyrants, space cadets, saboteurs … and 20 other challenging personality types
Discover how to identify and manage the 24 most challenging personality types! Working with underhanded, self-centered and troublesome people can be infuriating. Difficult People at Work gives you proven, practical strategies you can use immediately to restore the balance of power, improve your own working environment and put problem people in their place.
In today's highly regulated, litigious society, a single misstep can trigger lawsuits that blow away your company's morale, productivity and profitability. That's why you need clear and consistent policies on your organization's rules, standards and benefits. The Book of Company Policies offers expert guidance on what policies you need and how to write them ... communicate them ... and put them to work. You'll steer clear of potential legal landmines — helping your supervisors and managers save time and avoid daily hassles.
The administrative professional’s guide to accelerated career development. Administrative Professional Today offers practical advice on office efficiency, politics, communication, time management, supervisory problems and technology. The monthly issues and weekly electronic forum give special attention to the changing duties of administrative professionals in today’s business environment.
By converting proven theories into practical advice, Leadership Briefings helps aspiring leaders learn how to make sound decisions that will raise productivity and fatten the bottom line; negotiate with vendors, competitors, employees and clients; innovate and inspire creativity in their teams; and delegate authority so that they can manage their time and achieve more at a higher level.
Smart small business owners save thousands of dollars per year on their personal and business taxes by taking advantage of the legal loopholes that the government creates for their unique tax situation. Small Business Tax Strategies cuts through tedious tax code to reveal the bonanza of completely legal opportunities to grow personal wealth and secure an enjoyable retirement.
Compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is indeed costly and confusing. Take control with the quick and easy advice in this practical resource, updated with the 10 key changes you need to know in the FMLA’s revised regulations. You’ll learn what steps to take in hundreds of real-world situations, plus discover the 8 issues you must cover — in writing — with an employee requesting FMLA leave, whether you can legally fire someone who is on FMLA leave and an amazingly simple strategy that prevents employees from taking 24 weeks of back-to-back leave. The FMLA Compliance Guide is guaranteed to give you concrete answers to your most perplexing FMLA questions.
Do your managers have the HR know-how they need? Too often, employees are given managerial jobs based on their performance in non-managerial positions — not on their supervisory skills. Help them figure out the HR aspect of their job by downloading, customizing and distributing HR Memos to Managers. Your “good-faith” effort to train your managers on sexual harassment, retaliation, FMLA compliance and 80+ other tricky topics will go a long way with the courts. Protect your organization now and in the future with HR Memos to Managers.
A study by Leadership IQ found that 46% of new hires are either fired or disciplined within their first 18 months. And in a staggering 89% of those cases, the reason for the action isn’t incompetence, but attitude. You can teach technical skills, but you can’t teach attitude. Hiring for Attitude helps you make great hires every time.
Tough Talks: Scripts & Strategies for Difficult Employee Discussions Managers and HR professionals are routinely forced to discuss those uncomfortable topics with employees. But most never learned how. Now you can, with Tough Talks: Scripts & Strategies for Difficult Employee Discussions. This insightful training offers realistic sample dialogues to help you sidestep potential awkwardness and conduct clear, direct discussions with employees. You’ll not only learn exactly what to say, but how to say it.
A one-stop ready reference with all the answers on pay, overtime, compliance and related matters. Compliance and audit advice and counsel. Vetted by lawyers with years of experience in employment law, payroll and tax compliance. Tables, charts, checklists galore. Overtime, Compliance, and Other Tricky Pay Issues truly is career insurance for folks like you.
How do you react when faced with poor-performing or disruptive employees? Don’t just stick your head in the sand and hope the situation improves. Learn practical, real-life tools to handle even the toughest problem employees from Problem Employees: Coach ’Em, Discipline ’Em, and Turn ’Em Around.
When it comes to independent contractors, what you don’t know can hurt. Get step-by-step instructions on how to comply with IRS requirements without compromising your ability to make cost-effective hiring decisions. You’ll learn about the IRS’ 10-question test to determine classification, see a sample contract and review guidelines for 22 states with even stricter rules. Hire — or don’t hire — without fear!
Individuality can lead to a unique workplace, but restrictions on an employee’s expression can lead to discrimination and retaliation lawsuits… lower morale… and unwanted government attention. Regulating Employee Conduct On & Off the Job will help you learn exactly what you CAN and CAN’T do to regulate employees’ conduct – and how to satisfy the often-conflicting demands of the law.
Avoid potential penalties, fines and lawsuits by keeping current on payroll legislation and by clarifying important issues such as in-plan Roth IRA rollovers, FLSA compliance trouble areas, FSA/HAS reimbursements and the Health Care Tax Credit. Also included in Payroll Legal Alert are useful calendars and worksheets designed especially for payroll specialists.
Disciplining employees requires a delicate balancing act. Push too hard and you alienate people. Tiptoe around the core issue and you confuse people. It’s never easy, and most managers never learned how. Now you can — with What to Say When You Discipline: 10 Phrases Every Manager Needs to Know. No interview is more difficult to tackle than a disciplinary one. When you know what to do and what to say, you can get all your employees back on track smoothly and efficiently. AND it’s easy once you know just 10 simple phrases.