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Dress Code – Summer No No’s

It’s approaching summertime, and many companies allow workers to dress more casually without a dress code.  This means it is time to re-visit your dress code policies. The hot weather forces employees to wear inappropriate attire in the workplace.  Most employees simply don’t know what is or is not appropriate.  Let me shed some light on […]

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Top 5 HR Risks: What Can You Do About Them?

Top 5 HR Risks: What Can You Do About Them? If you lose a key employee what impact will it have on your business? We all have some employees we consider mission critical while others are more easily replaced; losing either type of employee can expose your company in one of several risk categories of […]

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Harassment: How To Stop It Before It Starts

Managers assume that harassment is no big deal for their employees.  Do you really know if harassment is an issue for your employees? Have you asked them? According to a recent survey, 48% of U.S. employees have either experienced or witnessed “abusive conduct” at work (27% have suffered abusive conduct at work; another 21% have […]

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How Do You Handle Attendance Problems?

Are you challenged with attendance problems? It is Thursday afternoon and I receive a call from an Employer.  My employee came in late and I know it.  (Me) How are you so sure? (ER) I saw them walk in past  their scheduled time.  (Me) Did they punch in?  (ER) I will have to check. (Me) […]

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Is it Really Harassment?

  Harassment: Can you recognize it? It is often difficult to recognize a hostile work environment or harassment in the workplace.  Do you know if the offensive conduct has “crossed the line?”  The individual facts of each case determine if this inappropriate behavior is unlawful harassment.  One factor to consider is the “reasonable sensibilities” of […]

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Is the Employee Handbook like Spring Cleaning?

Open the windows and let the fresh air in! Spring is here to stay! Open your employee handbook and see what is missing. “One size does not fit all” when it comes to an employee handbook. Changes to federal and state employment laws make updating the employee handbook even more critical. I hate cleaning windows, […]

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Should You Combine Employment Records?

  Should you combine employment records? As a business owner or HR professional caring for employee files always presents questions.  I will provide some guidance on caring for said employment records.  The confidential nature of information contained in the employees file continues to exist after an employee is terminated. When an employee is terminated the employer-employee […]

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Navigating Your Staffing Needs

Navigating Your Staffing Needs   As a small business owner, you typically determine staffing requirements by forecasting work or from feedback received from your management team regarding specific needs. To be effective, managers must have high quality information and a clear understanding of the direction the business is heading. Job Analysis Staffing needs analysis should […]

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President Barack Obama signs a Presidential Memorandum on updating the overtime pay system, in the East Room of the White House, March 13, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Overtime Pay – Is there a Loophole?

President Barack Obama directed the US Department of Labor to update overtime pay rules. On March 13, 2013, the President said his actions reflect the “changing nature of the American workplace.” This move will impact millions of employers and employees.

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