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Employee Rules for Inclement Weather

How do you know when and how to pay employees, when inclement weather hits?  It can be a confusing and tricky situation knowing or deciding who to pay, and who not to pay.  This is due to the differences in Exempt and Non-Exempt employees according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).   Non –Exempt […]

You Can’t Just Call Everyone Salaried

Salaried vs. Hourly? Exempt vs. Non-exempt?   Deciding how to classify employees can be a complicated situation with many things to consider along the way.  One of the big ones is Overtime Rules.   Salaried employees are Exempt from Overtime Rules. Overtime is defined as more than 40 hours in a week.  It must be […]

How to Hire your First Employee and Maintain Your Sanity

Congratulations!  Your business is taking off, and you need more than just yourself to keep everything going.  What do you do? Before you hire anyone, think about the attributes of the person you want.  Part-time or fulltime?  What skills should they have?  Do you need someone who can grow into a bigger role as you grow?  […]

The Challenges of Employees in a Real Estate Business

As you grow your real estate business, there comes a time when you can’t grow anymore by yourself.  It’s time to hire someone.   Luckily, if that first someone is a real estate agent, you don’t have to change much.  Agents are “statutory non-employees” under IRS rules, which means that you won’t have to pay […]

What’s a PEO and How Can It Help My Business?

From Entrepreneur Magazine, May 9, 2014:   Q: What’s a PEO, and why should I use one? A: Here’s all you need to know: A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) is one of the best-kept secrets of many successful small businesses. Essentially, these bodies handle all your HR needs, including payroll and administration, employee health and retirement […]

The Dangers of Having No Compensation Plan

Do you live in fear of your employees comparing their pay rates?   Some companies have gone as far as barring employees from discussing pay with co-workers — enough, that there has been proposed legislation to ban this practice (and, it’s usually unlawful for employers to stop employees from discussing pay even today, under National Labor […]

The Secret to Making Manufacturing Work in Connecticut

It really can be done! Small manufacturers love to complain about working in Connecticut.  “It all costs too much”, they say!  Taxes, real estate, regulations, energy, and expensive labor.  “I’m just going to move the business out of state,” they say. Here’s the question to ask yourself — if it’s so bad, why does anyone […]

How HR Outsourcing Companies Contribute to Business Efficiency

Does your company deliver all of its products to customers yourself? Does your small business have an attorney on salary for legal advice? Do you make your own paint, plastic, cardboard boxes, or raw materials?   Successful small business owners understand what they do well, and what they don’t.  The things you do well are […]

How to Get Workers Compensation Insurance for Your Connecticut Small Business

Any company with employees needs to have Worker’s Compensation insurance.  It isn’t optional, like medical insurance, and it isn’t managed by the state, like Unemployment Insurance.   You’ll need to buy it before that new employee starts on their first day.   What less informed companies do is ask their insurance broker.  After all, that […]

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