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Making the Grade on Teacher Assessments
Reading, writing, arithmetic – and assessments? School administrators find themselves struggling with not just how they can ensure students are meeting their goals in the traditional “Three Rs,” but also how they can make time for states’ newly mandated classroom teacher evaluations. For many schools, this new evaluation model replaces ones that have been in place for decades.
Are Your Employees Looking to Leave in 2014?
With the economy strengthening, businesses need to review their talent management practices or risk losing workers. According to a Career Builder survey, “21 percent of full-time employees plan to change jobs in 2014, the largest amount in the post-recession era and up from 17 percent in 2013." Regardless of your notion about the economy’s growth, the numbers suggest a positive outlook and companies should be cautious.
FICA Tip Credit: Serving Up Savings
Owning a restaurant seems like a glamorous idea, or at least it did to me, but there’s more to running a restaurant than cooking good food and mingling with customers. In order to be a successful restaurateur you have to have a good grasp on the fundamentals on running your establishment. You have to meet customer demands, maintain inventory as well as staff and manage expenses.
Talent Management: Cultivating the Best of the Best
Cultivating top talent is at the top of any good recruiter’s list, but hiring is merely one piece of the puzzle. A successful recruitment process will transition candidates smoothly from hiring to developing and retaining. The process is continual and involves attracting talent, cultivating a solid company rapport, fostering positive employee engagement, and nurturing skills through consistent, ongoing training. Ultimately, it’s about building a strong and reliable workforce that can bring added value to your organization.
Outsource COBRA to Avoid the Deadly Bite
Following the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one question that may linger on employers’ minds is this: “How will this reform affect COBRA?” With the ACA’s health care reform, the business of employee benefits is even more complicated, yet almost all employer groups are required to comply. COBRA – aka the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act – especially applies to private-sector companies offering group health care to 20 or more employees. If mishandled, COBRA can strike and the repercussions could be detrimental to your business.
The Historical Recurrence of the WOTC Hiatus
Times are changing, especially in the case of one of America’s staple tax credits, known as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Since its inception in 1983 under a variety of different titles and officially pegged as WOTC in 1996, the federal tax credit has been modified and extended numerous times, including going on hiatus. Its last break was from Jan. 2, 2012, to Jan. 2, 2013, but it has expired yet again as we start 2014.
Tax Prep for 2014
For many people losing weight tops the lists of resolutions, but it isn’t the only solution to improving your well-being. Start the New Year right by shaving a few pounds off your work load rather than just your waist. With tax season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get all your […]
Tis the Season: Tips for Retail Managers
The holiday season can be filled with joy, but for many retailers and their employees, that feeling quickly subsides. With the new holiday tradition to keep doors open later than ever – and in some cases, for 24 hours – employees simply lose their drive and holiday cheer. The winter holidays bring big revenues for retailers, which is why it is important to have an alert and energized staff. Employees are the lifeblood of a company, so you want to ensure their needs are met first and foremost.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas … Vacation: Planning Corporate Holiday Schedules
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … and one of the busiest times for employee schedules. The Christmas season quickly can turn blue for both employees and companies when holiday vacations and paid time off (PTO) aren’t handled well. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employers to provide paid federal holidays for employees — in fact, it doesn’t even bar companies from asking (or forcing) employees to work Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.
Steering Through ACA’s ‘Cadillac Tax’
Experts say that this trend is endangered by an excise tax, otherwise known informally as the “Cadillac tax,” mandated under the federal government’s Affordable Care Act.
Thanksgiving Versus Thankstaking: How to Handle Black Friday
The surveys are in, and the numbers have been tallied: This Thanksgiving, it’s predicted that more stores will be open; they will open earlier; and they’ll host more shoppers than ever before. Retailers are eager to squeeze every hour out of an especially short holiday shopping season – this year, it’s six days shorter than normal. Retailers are also eager to one-up each other; 2012’s midnight store openings are being beaten this year by opening times of 8 p.m., 6 p.m., and even 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Is Your Nonprofit Organization at Risk for Exposure?
What would a five percent decrease in funds mean for your nonprofit? For many it means the difference between opening and closing your doors. Many nonprofit organizations have several locations nationwide, and within each of these locations work any number of employees. Employees within nonprofits not only distribute money that is brought into the organization, but also oversee a variety of other funds.