Many employers classify all of their employees as exempt, without analysis, in order to avoid the “administrative headache” of employing non-exempt employees. Misclassifying employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), however, can be a costly mistake. Damages awarded can include financial penalties, back wages, attorney’s fees, and litigation costs. Criminal penalties for willful repeat offenses can apply as well. The following is a quick explanation of exempt and non-exempt status under the FLSA*: Continue reading this entry →
PEO? ASO? HR Outsourcing? Which is which? Every now and then we get a confounded business owner asking us “What exactly is a PEO? And how is it different from an ASO?” We thought it might just help to write something about it. Continue reading this entry →
You’ve probably seen an option while enrolling for medical plans with TriNet for a plan that comes with a Health Savings Account (HSA) but perhaps were intimidated by the unknown. There are lots of resources to learn about how an HSA works with a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), but here are three facts about HSAs to get you started: Continue reading this entry →
Do your employees dare to confront co-workers when they’ve done something unethical?
We’re not talking about acts like harassment or embezzlement that absolutely must be reported and investigated if the organization is to avoid significant legal risk. We’re talking about behavior that falls short of illegal, but that compromises the business’s values or undermines collegiality. Continue reading this entry →
According to the TriNet SMBeat, the retail and wholesale industry has been among the top four fastest growing industries over the past three months, growing more than 4.5% since April. This is optimistic news coming out of a post-holiday hiring dip followed by a harsh winter that many retailors blamed for poor first quarter sales. Increased hiring also suggests Continue reading this entry →