Understand How the Definition of Independent Contractor Has Changed Again

Whether someone who performs work for you qualifies as an employee or an independent contractor matters a great deal in terms of your financial and legal obligations to that individual. This includes such issues as whether your business must pay minimum wage and overtime pay, and provide mandated employee benefits. Under President Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Continue Reading

New Rules for Certain Investment Advisers

After several years of processing, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new fiduciary regulations on April 6. A previous attempt, back in 2010, was scrubbed when the investment community roundly criticized it as overkill. The new regulations seek to update the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) enacted in 1974. Back then, the focus of ERISA was on traditional defined-benefit Continue Reading

Hiring Summer Help

Do you remember your first summer job? It doesn't matter if you were a babysitter, caddy, telemarketer or lifeguard. Your first job taught valuable lessons about responsibility and balancing work with family and friends. It also helped keep you out of trouble during the summer, instilled confidence and built up your resume. Unfortunately, the demand for summer jobs consistently outpaces the Continue Reading