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employ a steam engine to crack a nut

To use excessive, overcomplicated, or extravagant means or force to accomplish something relatively minor or simple. With this new system of issuing licenses, the government has employed a steam engine to crack a nut: four separate departments now handle each stage of an application, when a single department could easily process applications from start to finish.
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employ (someone) as (something)

To hire someone for a particular role or job. I thought they were going to employ me as a file clerk, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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employ (someone) for (something)

To hire someone for a particular role or job. I thought they were just going to employ me for filing, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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employ (someone) in (something)

To hire someone to work in a certain area. I applied for the job as file clerk, but they employed me in data entry instead.
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employ someone as something

to pay someone to work in some capacity. I employed Fred as a personal secretary for about three months. Can you employ me as a stock clerk?
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employ someone for something

to hire someone for a particular purpose. I employ him for special chores around the factory. Kelly employed Walter for emergency repairs on the night shift.
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employ someone in something

to pay someone to work in a particular type of work. I employ Tom in machine maintenance. Laura is employed in accounting.
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If a plan of involuntary termination requires that employees render future service in order to receive benefits, the employer should recognize a liability and expense for the portion of involuntary termination benefits that will be provided after completion of future service ratably over the employees' future service period, beginning when the plan otherwise meets the recognition criteria discussed above.
Most states also restrict employer access to genetic information, as well as performing or administering genetic tests.
The employer paid a fee to the RSC, and reimbursed it for any expenses and losses associated with maintaining and selling the property.
Employer incentives range from token incentives such as company mugs to national retailers' gift cards to several hundred dollars in "credit" to be applied to an employee's healthcare contributions.
If such an offer is made, the employer through its agent--purchases the home at the higher bid price.
While these terms are not found within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, their role in determining whether an employer should be held liable became well established.
If they are audited at the end of the year by their insurance carrier, the employer will often then pay the proper premiums.
Be forewarned that the Fair Credit Reporting Act identifies employment as a just reason for an employer to check your credit.
Most Americans get their major medical and hospital insurance through their employers.
The Ideal Employer-Based Disability Management Practices survey was loosely based on the employer survey developed by the Menninger Return to Work Centers (RTWC's) in cooperation with the National Safety Council (Hester & Decelles, 1990).
How, then, does an employer adopt those policies and maintain the management flexibility it needs?
LOS ANGELES -- Results from the Eighth Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey revealed major differences in how employers and their employees view the importance of retirement benefits.
Typically, the buyout results in a two-transaction sale--a sale of the residence by the employee to the employer, followed by a sale from the employer to a third-party buyer.
To balance the interests of the employer in maintaining a set workforce and the personal situations of employees, there are limitations on the eligibility for FMLA leave.
201 still requires, among other things, that all wages earned, including unused accrued vacation days, be paid at the time of discharge if the employer terminates or within 72 hours if the employee quits.
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