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Legal Briefings: For Severance Pay, Companies Have to Pay Taxes

July 1, 2014
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Employers paying terminated employees under a severance plan may be required to pay and withhold FICA taxes.
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Can You Have a One-Person Reduction-in-Force?

February 18, 2014
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It does not make a difference if the layoff includes one employee or 100 employees, provided that those eliminated are not replaced.
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Riffing on the Right Way to do Workforce Reductions

October 21, 2013
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Done poorly, RIFs open employer to widespread claims of discrimination that can prove more difficult to defend than the savings the employer hoped to realize from the layoffs.


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Staged RIFs Qualify for Heightened Protection From Age Discrimination

April 23, 2013
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A reduction in force can occur in stages and over time. An employer can first retain key employees during a layoff and then layoff those key employees later when economic realities dictate their termination.
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How Do We Repair Engagement Following Layoffs?

April 17, 2013
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What are some practical ways to boost engagement following announcement of layoffs? It's not that great to start with and I expect it will get worse. —On Edge, director of human resources, finance/insurance/real estate, Denver
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400 Laid Off at Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty

November 26, 2012
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Damage from Hurricane Sandy has forced the popular tourist attractions to close. Repairs could take months.
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A Heartwarming Story of Hard-Nosed Business Success

September 25, 2012
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Sun Health Senior Living saves jobs and grows sales through creativity and training.
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Motorola Mobility Cuts to Include 700 Jobs

August 13, 2012
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Google-owned Motorola Mobility plans to cut jobs below the 2,500 mark and expects its headcount to drop to 2,256.
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Do Your Agreements Provide for Waivers of Collective Actions?

August 8, 2012
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Before embarking on a campaign to require that your employees sign away their participation in collective actions, you might want to wait for the 6th Circuit to have its say on the issue.
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It (Still) Pays to Be Good

August 2, 2012
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The Hewlett-Packard-IBM story strongly suggests that, increasingly, the lower road does not compute.
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