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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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Employee Handbook

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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Employment records

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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What Impact Will Obama Make on Your Business?

President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address on January 28, 2014.  He outlined several priorities that are very familiar to HR Professionals.  Among the topics were: immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, tax reform, pay equity and extending unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed.   Obama made it clear that he is willing […]

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Are Your Salaried Employees Entitled to Overtime Pay?

Many employers assume that their salaried employees are not entitled to overtime pay.  Misclassifying non-exempt employees as exempt is an all to common mistake. Did you know that paying an employee a salary doesn’t necessarily mean the employee is exempt from the minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and […]

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Preventing Workplace Violence

Preventing Workplace Violence: What Can You Do?

People won’t always get along and in any business disagreements are bound to happen at some point but what should you do when one employee threatens another with violence? All incidents no matter how small they may seem should be investigated.  If your investigation shows that an employee was actually threatened you should document the […]

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Minimize Your Risk of Liability: Tips for Handling Alcohol at Holiday Parties

We often look forward to holiday parties each year with our co-workers. Sometimes too much holiday cheer can result in trouble for an employer. Unfortunately for employers, sexual harassment allegations, assault complaints and other related claims stemming from the annual holiday party have become more and more prevalent over the years. Holiday parties create an increased […]

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