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Compensaton and Benefits

This section covers topics relating to the methods and practices of maintaining balance between interests of operating the company within the fiscal budget and attracting, developing, retaining, and rewarding high quality staff through wages and salaries which are competitive with the prevailing rates for similar employment in the labor markets.
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An Economically Rational Approach to Resolving Wage and Hour Claims In California

In this three-part article*, California employment attorney Patrick Kitchin describes an economic-based approach to resolving wage and hour cases.  His approach to case resolution is designed to conserve a company’s resources and minimize its exposure to future claims.  In Part 1 Kitchin describes how employers can identify those cases that are best suited for prompt and confidential settlement.

Read more: An Economically Rational Approach to Resolving Wage and Hour Claims In California

How the IRS determines an Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) from an Employee

It is critical that business owners correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors.

Generally, you must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. You do not generally have to withhold or pay any taxes on payments to independent contractors.

Select the Scenario that Applies to You:

Read more: How the IRS determines an Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) from an Employee

Getting our Veterans Back to work:Fact Sheet: Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits

In August, 2011, President Obama called on Congress to enact tax credits that will help get veterans back to work. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides businesses that hire unemployed veterans with a maximum credit of $5,600 per veteran, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit offers businesses that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities with a maximum credit of $9,600 per veteran.

Read more: Getting our Veterans Back to work:Fact Sheet: Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits

5 Wage and Hour Mistakes Most Employers Make

With the increasing emphasis the U.S. Department of Labor has been putting on errors in the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) it is important to understand how you may go wrong. Here are 5 of the most common wage and hour mistakes many employers make.

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The Big Lie about Work-Life Balance

The big lie about work-life balance is that it’s achievable.
It’s just a red herring.
The struggle for work-life balance does nothing but leads to stress and burnout.

It must end.

Read more: The Big Lie about Work-Life Balance

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HCX Facts

US investment in the Netherlands from 2000 to 2010 was nine times more than US investment in China during the same period. US investment in the UK was more than seven times more, and in Ireland nearly three times more, than in China. (Source: Transatlantic Economy 2011

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