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Compliance and Legal

In this area you will find articles unique the legal and compliance challenges companies face today. Learn methods of prevention, risk management and safety for your business.
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Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee? Still Confused?

IRS Contractor It is critical that you, the business owner, 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.

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Job Applicant Rejection Letter Dos and Donts — Writing an Appropriate “Dear John” Letter to an Unsuccessful Applicant

Back in 2006, we covered the topic of applicant rejection letters in a post linking to an article in Assessment Council News (Considerations in Rejecting Applicants, on p.4). Since today’s economy is resulting in more applications — and thus more rejected job applicants — we decided to give the topic another look.

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What You Do Not Know Can Hurt You:

How to stay out of trouble with federal agencies!

Did you know that last year (2007) the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) clarified the prohibition of discrimination in the areas of recruiting, hiring and promotion?  You may say, so what? How does it affect how I go about my business of recruitment?  And so, what if I do not care to follow the guidance?

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Unnecessary Credit Checks and the EEOC

"'The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission" - EEOC has been urging companies to take caution in regards to utilizing credit checks in their employment screening decisions. Credit Checks have a potential for discrimination Under Title VII, unless of course there is a legitimate business necessity..

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Employers Using Facebook for Background Checking: Is It Legal?

By George Lenard, the originator of George’s Employment Blawg

There has recently been considerable attention in the media to instances of employers rejecting candidates or firing employees based on information obtained from social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook..

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