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Dear Workforce How Do We 'Back-Charge' Payroll Costs?

September 7, 2011
How do we "back-charge" payroll costs for a roving internal work team? We are creating a "utility team" that would be trained in several departments. We aren't sure how we should bill departments for borrowing staff from other departments. Is this typically done on an hourly, weekly or some other basis?
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Dear Workforce How Should We Rein in Runaway Salaries

September 7, 2011
Our organization discontinued merit increases about three years ago. The board of directors, however, has mandated across-the-board increases of 2 percent to 3 percent for all staff who are not in probationary status. But after three years of these increases, even people who were hired fairly recently have gotten pretty far away from the salary-grade minimums. In addition, we have several employees who have reached their salary-grade maximum during the past three years. We usually award a bonus rather than further increases for this group. Would it be equitable to raise the minimum starting salary and maximums each year by one-half of the across-the-board increase?
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