Human Resources Management

Human Resources are an essential element of any business. The primary goal is to match the best resources to the needs in the company.

Job Descriptions

Job descriptions act as the framework for the relationship between the employer and employee.   It is the starting point for the human resources officer in addressing proper matching of needs and resources.   If properly written the description acts as reference material for recruiting the best candidate, gauges job performance, identifies the career path …

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Hiring Process – 5 Steps

Just like in manufacturing, the human resources department uses a process to find potential candidates, recruit qualified applicants, interview, hire and train the best person for the respected position. As the human resources officer it is your job to insure this process brings the highest quality candidates to the company.  Without the best personnel the …

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I-9 Compliance

To ensure that only individuals that are legally allowed to work, the federal government mandates completing a Form I-9 for every new hire.  The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify that the potential hire is allowed to work in the United States.  As the Human Resources manager it is …

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Fair Labor Standards Act – HR Compliance

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) promulgates rules related to minimum wages, compensation related to overtime, and recordkeeping requirements.  The Act also defines the terms ‘Exempt’ and ‘Non-Exempt’ employees related to overtime.  Most recently Congress added to the Act some notification requirements related to the Affordable Care Act. This article is designed for …

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Age Discrimination – Small Business Impact

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) is a federal law that protects workers age 40 and older.  It is administered and enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The goal of the Act is to provide equal opportunity for citizens age 40 and older.  The Act does generally exclude small businesses …

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Direct Form of Compensation – Four Different Types

There are four different types of direct compensation for employees.  These include: 1) Hourly Compensation, 2) Salaries, 3) Commissions and 4) Bonuses.  There is some misinformation related to direct compensation as this subject relates to owners of a small business.  Items such as distributions or dividends or some assigned values on the K-1 are generally …

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Payroll – Introduction to Basic Concepts

Payroll

Payroll is envisioned as the simple employer employee agreement related to compensation for services.  I often think of this as the simple handshake whereby the employer agrees to pay the employee a set rate per hour of work.  This was true a hundred or more years ago, but over time; history and governmental regulations complicated …

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Form W-4 – Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate

Form W-4 is a form filled out by an employee to certify to the employer the personal tax situation of the taxpayer.  It is used by employers via the human resources department to fulfill three primary tasks.  First, confirm the legal name and address of the employee.  Secondly, the form is used to set the federal …

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