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How Much Time Are Employees Wasting on the Internet?

There’s little doubt that the Internet has greatly contributed to workplace efficiency and productivity over the last couple decades. E-mail has made real-time, written communication far easier than ever before, and new technologies have provided the ability to share computer screens and hold virtual face-to-face meetings—not to mention the ability to conduct research without sifting […]

What Are the Downsides of Cross-Training Employees?

Cross-training—having employees perform a variety of activities in different roles in different departments across the company—is often advocated within companies as a best practice for a number of reasons.

Research Shows Strong Job Satisfaction, Benefits

2017 saw job satisfaction among U.S. employees fall. However, the American workforce might be out of its funk! According to new research, there is strong evidence that both workers and their employers have renewed feelings of workplace optimism and satisfaction.

Where Do Employees Get Their Kix?

Labor Day could be called the first widely provided employee perk. A New York City march in 1882 brought 10,000 people out to demand a day off in honor of labor. Labor Day became a national holiday 12 years later. Since then, study after study has tried to determine what makes employees happy.

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Want to Hire Veterans? Help Them Be Better Jobseekers

Much has been said about the problems veterans have transitioning to civilian employment. It’s no wonder, according to a veteran whose civilian job involves linking new veterans with private sector employers. He explains that often the differences between military and civilian life make veterans “lousy jobseekers.”

Best Bosses: Where Do You Fall on the List?

A recent study by OfficeTeam sought to understand which workers are happiest or unhappiest with their bosses by region. The research revealed that over 80% of workers are satisfied with their managers. The highest rating locations were Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami. The worst were Boston, Phoenix, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, and […]

IRS Issues Special Per Diems, High-cost Locales for FY 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated its special per diem rates for the transportation industry, incidental expenses and the “high-low” substantiation method. These rates, announced September 26 in Notice 2018-77, apply to allowances paid to employees on or after October 1 for travel on or after that date.

Now What? Disciplining an Employee with a Suspected Addiction or Substance Abuse Issue

With the rise of opioid and other drug addiction in the United States today, employers have to wonder—is it possible one of my employees is dealing with addiction? In the second article of a three-part series, Littler shareholder Dale L. Deitchler and associate Jeffrey E. Dilger discuss how to approach discipline where an employee might […]

Trump Administration Increasing Pressure on Employers to ‘Hire American’

During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump focused on immigration reform as a major campaign issue. As president, Trump further promised to step up border security and enforce U.S. immigration laws, including worksite enforcement. In fact, on April 18, 2017, President Trump issued his “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, directing the attorney general and […]