The Right to Reduce Employee Benefits

February 20, 2015

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Employers who are facing poor financial conditions may reduce the benefits which they offer employees, but there are guidelines which they must follow.

Generally, an employer cannot reduce benefits by more than fifteen percent. If the employer reduces the benefits by more than fifteen percent, the employees is entitled to leave the employer and sue for damages. Because reducing the benefits produces hardship for the employee, he/she has a right to ask the employer to reinstate the benefits, or ask for compensation in order to purchase a plan on their own. At times, employees accept a job with benefits as an inducement to take the job. A situation such as this would strengthen the employee’s position.

The Federal government has set down guidelines for reducing employees’ benefits and laying off employees. Additionally, each of the states have their own guidelines and it is important for the employer to investigate the guidelines and ensure they are acting within them. The only exception to this would be that if the employer promised certain benefits for a certain amount of time, the employer would not be able to change them. Therefore, employers should review the laws in their own state as well as the laws of the Federal government relative to reducing employees’ benefits.


Free e-Book on Merchant Services

February 1, 2015

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In order to remain in business, the business owner must have an effective way of attracting customers to the business. Once they are attracted and use the services or purchase products, the customer should be given an incentive to return for repeat purchases. One of the incentives would be a variety of payment options which would include cash, check or credit card. When the business owner is prepared to accept payments from their customers and makes it convenient for them to spend money, they are in a better position to realize a gain from their profits.

To help business owners understand their merchant services accounts and how to make more money for their businesses, I am giving a free copy of my e-book, The Retailers’ Guide to Merchant Services, which includes the details on processing credit cards and how to save money with them. The e-book will be ready within the next week, as I have revised it. You may request a copy of the e-book on the Contact form located withing the first posting on this blog or on the “Contact Me” Page on the Menu bar. I will add your address to receive the newsletter which will be sent each month. The first issue will arrive with the e-book download.

If you have any questions about receiving extra cash to finance your business, please use the form to send me your question about that as well. As soon as the e-book is ready, I will send it to you.