HR Glossary

A glossary of everyday terms for HR professionals and small business owners. Workstream helps businesses large and small to hire faster, every day. Don't let your questions go unanswered - reach out to us today and learn how you can hire faster too.
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Absence Management

Absence Management Policy

Absenteeism Policy

ACA (Affordable Care Act)


Accruals (Leave)

Actual Deferred Percentage (ADP)

Adaptive Device

Administrative Services Only (ASO)

Advanced Earned Income Credit

Adverse Impact

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)

After-Tax Deduction


Agile Organization

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Annualized Salary


Applicant Flow Log

Applicant Tracking System (ATS)



Automated Clearing House (ACH)

Awards and Prizes

Baby Boomers

Back Pay

Base Wage Rate

Basic Salary

Before-Tax Deduction

Behavioral-Based Interview Questions

Benefits Administration


Bereavement Leave

Biweekly Pay

Blended Workforce

Boomerang Employee

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Business Agility

Business Partnership

California Labor Laws

Career Plateau


Certificate of Good Standing

Circular A

Circular E

Common-Law Test


Compensatory Time Off

Competency Based Pay

Conditions of Employment

Constructive Discharge

Contingency Recruiting

Contingent Worker

CP 575 Letter

CPP (Certified Payroll Professional)

Cross-Functional Teams


Deferred Compensation

Dependent Care Benefits (W-2)

Direct Deposit

Direct Reports

Disability Leave

Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary Actions

Disparate Effect

Disposable Earnings

Disregarded Entity

Dual Labor Market

Duties Test

Earned Income Credit (EIC)


Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Emotional Intelligence


Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits Administration

Employee Database

Employee Deductions

Employee Empowerment

Employee Engagement in HR

Employee Evaluation

Employee Handbook

Employee Management

Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS)

Employee Onboarding

Employee Orientation

Employee Relations

Employee Satisfaction

Employee Turnover

Employee Type

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Employer Payroll Taxes

Employment Contract

Employment Status

Evidence of Insurability

Exempt Employee


Exempt vs. Non-Exempt

Exit Interview

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Federal Holidays

Federal ID Number

Federal Income Tax (FIT)

Federal Income Tax Withholding (FITW)

Federal Mileage Rate

Federal Mileage Reimbursement

Federal Minimum Wage

Federal Tax Deposit

Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA)


Flat Tax Withholding

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Floating Holiday

FLSA Status

FMLA Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

Form 940

Form 941

Form 942

Form 1040-ES

Form 1042-S

Form 1099

Form 1099-SA

Form 1120-S

Form 2553

Form 5498-SA

Form 8109

Form 8233

Form 8809

Form 8832

Form I-9

Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

Franchise Business

Fringe Benefits

Front Pay

FSA Limits

FTE (Full-Time Equivalent)

Full-Time Hours


Generation Y

Generation Z

Glass Ceiling

Good Standing

Gross-to-Net (GTN)


Gross Amounts

Gross Income

Gross Pay

Gross vs. Net Income

Gross Wages

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)

Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

Health Savings Account (HSA)

Holiday Pay

Hourly Employee

Hourly to Annual Salary

Hourly to Salary

Hourly to Yearly

Hours Worked

HR Business Partner

HR Software