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Important considerations for performance evaluation

Most employees worry about their annual performance evaluation because they feel they have no control over what decision will be made. The top management discusses the performance of each employee and critically analyzes it. Although you might feel that you have no power to change the outcome of your performance evaluation, there are several things you can do to affect your evaluation.

Drug testing during the hiring process

Drug testing during hiring procedures and interviews has become more popular these days. An increasing number of employers have started testing prospective employees. Those who are already working for the organization might have to go through these tests regularly. The United States law is complicated when it comes to drug testing of prospective employees.

Workplace discrimination can be made to look like something else

Most employers already know that there are laws prohibiting them from discriminating against certain protected classes of workers. However, that doesn't mean that certain types of back-door discrimination don't take place every day.

How employee and contractor payroll taxation differs

Payroll taxes are withheld from an employee’s paycheck by the employer. It is paid as federal income tax and includes withholding taxes, state income taxes, social security taxes and Medicare taxes as well. The tax is paid according to the salary, compensation and benefits received by the employee. Certain expenditures like nontaxable moving expenses are excluded and withheld during the taxation process.

Employee rights during jury duty

Juries are an important part of the democratic and judicial system of the United States. Jurors should respect their duty and show up to become part of the legal system. However, sometimes jurors complain that coming for jury duty leads to economic losses for them. Both employees and employers must compromise when it comes to jury duty because it is a democratic duty of every citizen.

When to expect your last paycheck

If an employee is fired for job performance issues or due to downsizing or if the employee quit voluntarily, the state and federal laws urge the employer to pay the final check within the specified time period. In case of failure to do so, the employee has a legal right to file a complaint against the employer. Though most employers end up in such situations out of mere ignorance, they may have to deal with the consequences if they fail to comply.

Reasons that qualify for FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act gives employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of leave in order deal with domestic, medical and family problems. Under the act, a medical emergency is defined as any illness or impairment, mental or physical, that requires inpatient care or continuous medical treatment. The act only includes family members, children or spouses, ill-health of whom can entitle a person for FMLA-related leave.

Security cameras and surveillance in the workplace

Technological advancements have increased the amount of security and surveillance in the workplace. Cameras and other types of surveillance equipment are legal, but there are several laws and constraints for the employers. The law has set certain legal limitations for using surveillance equipment, and employers must abide by these regulations. Employers who violate these regulations may face severe ramifications.

If you have been sexually harassed in your workplace, what should your next steps be?

Living with sexual harassment in your life is never easy and it can take a massive toll on your overall well-being. It can affect men and women alike and can turn an otherwise pleasant professional situation into an environment of fear and mistreatment. Unfortunately, it is all too common in modern workplaces.