Ensure safety at work: Training is a must in 2020

Safety is important for economic reasons: When an employee is involved in an accident, you spend money through lost production and absenteeism. Safety training is important so workers and managers know the hazards which cause these things.

Working safely eliminates that injury and promotes greater production. This saves you money through a sustained safe work environment every day.

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How employers should approach at-will employment

At-will employment means that either employer or employee can end an employment relationship at any time, with or without notice, and with or without explanation.

But employers should beware of using it in the same way in all situations. At-will employment is not a one-size-fits-all solution for employers parting ways with an employee. Employers must comply with all federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. And employers firing an employee in a protected case should tread carefully if citing at-will employment as the separating reason.

Michigan, as well as many other states, recognize at-will employment status although some states have exceptions for public policy or implied contract.

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3 strategies to avoid workplace teamwork disaster

Getting your employees to work in teams can be difficult, especially when you have employees with drastically different emotions and interpersonal dynamics.

When announcing teamwork assignments, half of the employees tend to get worried, annoyed, and resistant about working together; the other half may feel excited, optimistic, and confident.

So how can you help employees come together despite their initial hesitations? Below are three easy strategies that may be useful when carrying out group projects.

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New, finalized W-4 form available for 2020

On Dec. 5, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service released its final version of a modified 2020 Form W-4, the Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. The new form is intended to make withholding more accurate and was implemented as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

The change affected filers for the first time last tax season, taking effect January 1, 2018 and modifying the tax laws.
Following are some helpful links about the change.
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Michigan minimum wage increases to $9.65

Michigan’s minimum hourly wage increased from $9.45 to $9.65 on Jan. 1, 2020.

The minimum wage will increase again to $9.87 in one year, at the beginning of 2021. For more information and guidelines about Michigan’s minimum wage, visit the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

Michigan’s minimum wage has been in the news throughout the past two years, as a citizens group pushed for a higher wage via petition, and the state legislature halted those efforts. Business groups opposed the citizen measure, saying it would be too expensive.

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