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Can You Require Exempt Employees to Take Unpaid Furloughs?

If business is down, you may be considering asking employees to take a short furlough—say, one week without pay—as a means of cutting costs without cutting jobs. Is this permissible for your exempt employees?

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An Employee Breaks Your Stuff—Now What? Can You Make Him Pay?

A manufacturing employee fails to follow proper procedure and damages an expensive piece of company equipment. An administrative aide uses a company computer to access pornography and causes a virus to infect the company’s computer system. A terminated sales person fails to return a company cell phone. These and similar scenarios are all too familiar to employers.

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Sales: In Its Own Category When It Comes to Bonuses

Yesterday, we looked at the types of employee bonuses you might wish to consider offering as well as some of the pros and cons. Today, we turn to sales team incentives, which are in a category all by themselves.

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The Skinny on Bonuses

“Bonus” is a term we’re all familiar with in a general sense, but today we’re going to step back and look at the concept in the context of your overall compensation strategy.

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Help Your Team Cross the Finish Line Strong—4 Steps to Success

Do your team members know what the ultimate objective is for each project they work on? Do they know what the purpose is—what they’re trying to achieve? Are you confident that you consistently communicate exactly what the goal is for each and every project?

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Why It Pays to Keep Your Job Descriptions Current

Yesterday, we looked at telecommuting—aka “the benefit that keeps on giving” to both employees and employers. Today, our take on another low-cost yet highly beneficial activity you’re probably not spending enough time on: updating your job descriptions.

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A Coveted Employee Benefit that Actually Saves You Money

Telecommuting continues to grow year after year, despite some high-profile stories to the contrary (such as Yahoo!’s decision a couple of years ago to eliminate telecommuting options). In fact, some experts predict that a whopping 30 percent of workers in industrialized countries will be telecommuting by 2019!

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Are You Making These 4 Common Overtime Mistakes?

As you probably know, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulates the payment of overtime pay, but it’s not always easy to figure out who’s entitled to it—and when. Here are four common overtime mistakes, courtesy of Attorney Gary S. Fealk of Vercruysse Murray, PC.

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Compa-Ratio, Market Index, and Range Penetration: Making Sense of the Lingo

Do the terms compa-ratio, market index, and range penetration sound complicated? Maybe a little bit mysterious? Scary even? They’re all pretty common terms for very useful information in the comp world, though they might be a tad confusing for compensation newbies.

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Take the HR Policies Survey—What’s Really Happening?

Policy—you deal with it in human resources every single day. Are you keeping your practices up to date? Are they being consistently and fairly applied within the organization? What are your competitors up to? Help us find out!

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