Anchor Payroll Blog

HR’s Role in a Recession

Posted by Anchor Staff on Sep 26, 2022 2:24:25 AM

The prospect of a recession has many businesses and their employees worried. During an extended economic decline, sales drop, jobs disappear, and productivity decreases. Companies have less revenue to invest, and their customers have less money to spend. With their lives shaken by financial instability, people are more motivated to play it safe and less inclined to take risks.

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Topics: hr

What Is Discrimination?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Sep 26, 2022 2:16:22 AM

A hiring manager, eager to fill an exciting new role in the company, reacquaints himself with a candidate’s resume as that candidate takes a seat across from him. Looking up, the hiring manager jolts involuntarily, surprised to see a gray-haired man likely in his late 50s—a much older person than he had envisioned for this cutting-edge job. While the interview goes well, the hiring manager feels that the candidate’s age makes him a bad fit.

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Question: Can we cut a performance improvement plan short if the employee's performance issues have gotten substantially worse?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Aug 17, 2022 1:31:32 PM

Answer:  In general, yes. When an employee is on a performance improvement plan (PIP), and their performance has not improved and has, in fact, gotten worse, it is perfectly reasonable to cut the timeframe of the PIP short and move forward with further disciplinary action, including termination. Unless it’s written to say otherwise—and it absolutely shouldn’t be—a PIP is not a guarantee of employment for the duration of the plan. It shouldn’t alter the at-will employment relationship.

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Topics: hr, Performance

Making the Most of Job Interviews

Posted by Anchor Staff on Aug 2, 2022 8:15:07 AM

When interviewing job candidates, time is critical.

The time you spend talking to candidates adds up quickly, especially if you have a lot of great candidates. That has a cost—you’re not getting other important work done. That time also goes by incredibly fast. Within the span of a brief discussion, you have to gather the information you need to make an informed hiring decision and to sell the role to a potential hire. And don’t forget you’re competing with other employers eager to snatch up talent. Every minute counts.

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Topics: interview

Best Practices in Handling Leave Deductions

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 27, 2022 7:33:29 AM

Tracking leave deductions accurately is tricky for many employers. If you are doing this by hand there are lots of opportunities to create compliance issues. For example, if you don't accrue appropriately, employees could have a case against you for not providing the right amount of time off based on published policy.

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Topics: Leave Deductions

Question: Are we required to pay summer interns?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 27, 2022 7:18:04 AM

Answer: It depends on whether the worker is considered an employee.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has adopted the primary beneficiary test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an intern. If the worker primarily benefits from the employment relationship, they can be classified as an intern, and they don’t have to be paid. If the employer primarily benefits, the worker must be classified as an employee and must be paid minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Topics: Intern

How Paid Family Leave and Related Programs Can Help Your Business

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 27, 2022 6:06:11 AM

Employment benefits that improve quality of life, increase flexibility, and enable people to attend to their personal needs rank high among both employees and job-seekers. And yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), while 79 percent of employees have access to paid sick leave, only 23 percent have access to paid family leave. 

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Is it Vacation or Paid Time Off?

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 30, 2022 12:45:05 PM
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5 Ways to Save Your Labor Budget

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 30, 2022 12:38:02 PM

A system is a method of solving a repeated business issue in a strategic and effortless way. 

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Topics: budget

How do we handle leave paperwork when the employee needing leave is incapacitated or unable to be reached directly?

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 30, 2022 11:15:13 AM
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Topics: hr