Your human resources questions answered

  • Friday, June 7, 2013

Pat Eardley

Q: Hi Pat, my business is a new business and I am hearing mixed things about Worker’s Compensation Insurance. How many employees do I have to have before I am required to have it for my company?

A: The answer depends on how many employees you have. Any employer who regularly employs four or more workers full-time or part-time is required to have Workers’ Compensation Insurance. There are some industry exceptions. Check out this link to get more information. http://www.wcc.sc.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Q: One of my managers gave a two week notice. She ended up not working her full two weeks, it was more like five and a half days. I don’t want to pay her for the full two weeks. Can I just pay for the hours worked?

A: No, she is a salaried employee. You can’t go back and forth between hourly and salary. You can however only pay for one week or in this case, six days. I would also notify the employee in writing what they are getting paid for and why, especially if he or she decided to just stop showing up without notice.

Q: I’m still a very small business. I need a little help but I can’t afford to hire someone on (W-4). Can I hire a contract worker (1099)?

A: Possibly, it would depend on what their responsibilities will be. If this person has the ability to: come and go as they please, have final decision making capabilities and is not dependent on using your equipment to do their job, you may be able to hire them as a contractor. Here is a link with proper guidelines.


Email her your questions to Pat Eardley at pat@shifthr.com or visit her website at www.shifthr.com. All of her columns can be found online at www.MoultrieMews.com.

Pat Eardley is an H.R. advisor with more than 19 years’ experience in human resources management. She supports small-business owners, allowing them to have more time by focusing on creating a successful business environment for them and their employees. She is a SCORE mentor and member of the Center for Women and serves as a job coach there.

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