Year-End Checklist

It’s that time of year! With year-end quickly approaching we wanted to provide you with a year-end checklist to ensure you have a smooth year-end. Please make sure to review each item listed below and whether it applies to your specific payroll needs. Verify Employee W-2 Information It is important that all employee data is…

FBI Warns About Phishing Emails for Employees’ Payroll Information

The FBI issued a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging employers to remind employees not to respond to phishing emails from cybercriminals who want access to employees’ payroll information [FBI, Alert No. I-091818-PSA, 9-18-18]. How the Scam Works The FBI said that cybercriminals are targeting employees through phishing emails designed to capture an employee’s login credentials…

Workplace Bullying: More Common Than You’d Think

National Bullying Prevention Month is recognized every October. What many people don’t realize is that workplace bullying affects more than 35 percent of adult Americans. What is Workplace Bullying? Generally, workplace bullying is defined as the use of intimidation through power, influence, tone, or language to affect a person negatively. Often, bullying is intentional, but…

Involuntary Termination

Each step in the process of terminating an employee should be carefully executed.  Each step must be carefully and thoroughly documented.  If an employee is discharged for poor performance and later sues alleging discrimination, the employer will have a difficult time defending if the personnel file is devoid of any documentation of the poor performance…

Keeping Your Employees Motivated This Summer

Workplace Flexibility and Changes to Daily Routines May Help Keep Employees Focused The warm weather and eagerly anticipated outdoor activities of summer may take a toll on your workers’ concentration. If you’re noticing a lack of focus among your employees during this time of year, consider the following ideas to help keep them motivated: Encourage…

Federal Workplace Poster Requirements – Download Available

Now you can download your required 2018 federal workplace posters from HR360’s convenient Federal Workplace Poster Requirements guide. This simple tool provides guidelines on which employers must display the posters, and posters can be downloaded by simply clicking on the special links in the chart. Federal Workplace Poster Requirements–Download Here SIMA’s partner, HR360, offers a…

DOL Clarifies Federal Law on Tip Pooling

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released guidance clarifying federal law on tip pooling. The guidance was issued in response to a federal law that amended the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) tip pooling rules. The DOL guidance states that: Employers are prohibited from keeping tips received by their employees, regardless of whether…

FBI Warns of Direct Deposit Phishing Attacks

The FBI warns that cyber criminals are posing as HR employees and using a phishing scam to get employees to provide the scammer with access to the company’s self-service payroll platform. When employees click on the link within the scammer’s email and provide the requested information, they unknowingly provide the scammer with their W-2 and…