Human Resources

Purpose of an Employee Policies Handbook

Most employers have established employment policies, either in writing or through practice, that attempt to define the relationship between the employer and employees. Employers may circulate memos as the need arises or even establish policies by word of mouth. Many employers, however, fail to compile these policies once they are issued, and many more fail to review them as often as they should, especially in light of the constant changes in employment and labor relations law.

What NOT to ask on an application and in an interview

Every year businesses deal with damaging and costly legal battles because a single question on a job application violated federal law. So, it is important that you check your job applications (paper and online) regularly to ensure they comply with federal and state laws.

You likely already know that your job application cannot ask contain questions about a person’s religion, race, sexual orientation, family, and other personal concerns. But here are a few other items you may not be aware of that you must avoid on an application and during interviews:

The Importance of Pay Philosophies

A pay philosophy is a company's commitment to how it values employees. A consistent pay philosophy gives the company and the employee a frame of reference when discussing salary in a negotiation.

The goal of a pay philosophy is to attract, retain, and motivate employees. For companies in the private sector, this usually requires a competitive pay philosophy. For companies in the public sector, this means a well-rounded philosophy, with a focus on benefits and work life.

Michigan Periodic Garnishment Reform of 2015

On April 14, 2015, the Governor signed House Bill No. 4119 and 4120 making them Public Acts of 2015 Nos. 14 and 15. They will require extensive revisions to the current Michigan Court Rules governing garnishments found at MCR 3.101. The Supreme Court issued proposed rule changes, however, they did not recognize the majority of the statutory changes. Furthermore, the statutory changes require changes to the supreme court-approved garnishment forms. Comments to this effect have been submitted by the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

The Pros and Cons of Hiring: Employee vs. Independent Contractor

As a small business owner you will need to determine whether to hire full time employees or use independent contractors. Don’t make the mistake of thinking they are basically the same thing. They aren’t.

Although you pay both kinds of workers to do tasks for you, they are not viewed the same by the IRS. And if the IRS suspects that you are not classifying your workers correctly, they might audit you.

Holiday season is around the corner. Really, it is!

Many employers hire extra workers to prepare for a busy holiday season. Often these workers are hired on some level shortly after Labor Day to ensure they are trained properly, as they help the employer get ready for increased activity.

Remember that even your temporary help should be screened just like they were permanent, full-time employees. After all, a person working just a few hours a week can be responsible for many problems, such as theft, drug sales, and harassment.