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Unemployed applicants: The new protected class

In today’s economic times, a competitive job force embraces workers with various knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience levels. Hiring managers attempt to compare and contrast these items when determining the best job candidate for a specific position. With respect to experience, many hiring managers consider long gaps in employment history on the resume or …

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Special rules for Agriculture workers

Employers are not required to pay overtime to employees performing work that meets the definition of “agriculture” (see definition below)  In some cases they may also be exempt from paying minimum wage. Overtime pay Only workers engaged in agricultural employment for 100 percent of the workweek are exempt from overtime.  However, some employees of agricultural …

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At-Will Employment

The common law rule regarding the employer-employee relationship allows the termination of the relationship by either party, without notice and without cause. Oregon courts have long followed this general rule of “at-will” employment. This means that generally, in the absence of a contract or statute to the contrary, Oregon employers may discharge an employee at …

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Can an employee also be a volunteer at our organization?

In order for an employee to qualify as a volunteer, these four criteria must be met:. The work must be at the employee´s initiative. The work must be outside normal or regular work hours. The employee must be performing a religious, charitable or other community service without contemplation of payment. The employee must be performing …

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Can an employer give ‘comp time’ in place of overtime pay?

Only government agencies are permitted to offer compensatory time in lieu of overtime. If you are a private sector employer, you must pay overtime when an employee works over 40 hours in a workweek. (If your employee works 45 hours during one workweek, you could choose to schedule the employee for 35 hours during the …

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Employer-Provided Cell Phones

Wondering whether company-paid cell phone service should be considered a fringe benefit, and as such added to the employee’s wages as income? The IRS provides the following guidance: If the cell phone is provided by the employer for business reasons (other than compensation), then it’s not considered a taxable fringe benefit.  For example, if the …

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Employee or Independent Contractor?

Independent contractors are common in many industries. Within these industries, there is a high likelihood that businesses may believe some of their workers are independent contractors when they are not. Also, employees who are performing services on a part-time, temporary, or probationary basis are sometimes thought to be independent contractors. If you’re an employer and …

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The Basic Components of a Compensation System

As a reflection of leadership’s strategy about how it values its employees, a well-established compensation system allows employers to optimize on employee engagement, productivity, financial resources, and organizational goals. Consider the following components and how to apply them into your business today: Organizational Goals. Make sure to pay employees for their individual performances as well …

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