…that employees, in Texas, can waive coverage under workers’ compensation? In fact, employers are required to notify all new hires of their rights and allow five days to waive. If you are not providing these notices to employees, you need to:
A CareerBuilder online survey, conducted in August and September 2011 with 2,696 U.S. HR professionals and hiring managers and 4,384 full-time U.S. workers, unearthed the following unusual reasons for taking a sick day:
- Bats got into the employee’s hair.
- A refrigerator fell on the employee.
- A bucket filled with water crashed through the ceiling of a bowling alley and hit the employee on the head.
- A deer bit the employee while he was hunting.
- The employee fell out of bed and broke his nose.
- The employee hurt his back chasing a beaver.
- The employee had to go to the hospital after accidentally drinking anti-freeze.
- The employee got his toe caught in a vent cover.
- The employee caught a cold from a puppy.
- The employee got sick from eating too much at a party.
- The employee developed a headache from attending too many garage sales.
On Tuesday, February 14th, the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association will host its General Meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with leaders in the HR community, learn a new topic from an exciting speaker, and get connected to leaders in your community. Location: NW Marriott, 3233 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78213. Time: 11:15am – 1:30pm
Speaker: Rodney Klein, Dallas District’s Outreach and Training Manager, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Program Description: Ever wonder why you hire certain applicants? In this session you will learn how and why employers make hiring decisions. You will discover that not all the reasons are known or understood by the hiring officials, and this can lead, at times, to illegal discrimination. You will learn what factors may influence the decisions of hiring managers, how poorly considered qualifications lead to poor hires, and why our hiring processes are not near as objective as we pretend they are. You will also discover ways to counter the assumptions that lead to discrimination and bad hires, and you will learn techniques you can use to help your hiring managers stay in compliance with the law.
Texas employers will see an across-the-board drop in their Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes in 2012, with the standard minimum tax falling from $70.20 per employee to $54.90, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced. According to TWC, 63.8 percent of experience-rated employers, some 246,374 businesses, currently pay the state minimum tax. The minimum tax rate is set at 0.61 percent for 2012, down from 0.78 percent in 2011.
The average rate for all employers is set at 1.96 percent for 2012, down from 2.03 percent in 2011, while the average rate for experience-rated employers is 1.87 percent, down from 1.96 percent. The maximum UI tax rate, paid by 6.2 percent of Texas employers, is 7.58 percent, down from 8.25 percent in 2011.
In setting 2012 tax rates, TWC said that it “sought to minimize the effects of any increases and exercise all the authority given to it by state law to hold the tax rates to the lowest and most predictable rates possible.” To keep taxes low, TWC suspended the deficit tax in 2011, a strategy supported by employer groups across the state. TWC has also recently increased work-search verifications and improved data sharing between agencies to prevent fraud and control costs. Texas’s minimum tax rate remains lower than that of other states, TWC said.
Texas SHRM | http://www.texasshrm.org
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