Should You Combine Employment Records?

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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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: What Can You Do?

Preventing Workplace Violence

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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Unpaid Internships Raise Legal Risks

I am often asked by small business owners, “Should I  hire  interns?”  Although unpaid internships provide a method for teaching students to get the needed experience, there are a number of legal challenges. As you may know I had three (3) interns myself over the Summer.  They were learning about Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Networking.  For …

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Does Your Company Have a Texting Policy?

Woman texting at office

Most people are aware that texting as a norm has exploded over the past several years.  Typically, the younger you are, the more you are texting.  Texting is the most popular communications activity among young adults who ultimately prefer to be reached by text message than by phone or email.  It is instant communication. The …

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Issues to Consider When Growing in Staff Size

Increasing staff size can be a major transition for a small business.  Roles within the company itself and how staff members interact with each other can be affected as a result of this change.  These changes can cause a number of challenges to the company’s strategic focus, internal structure and processes but effective management can …

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Tips For Managers Who Were Formerly Peers

Being promoted to manager can be a difficult transition especially when people you’re managing used to be your peers.  So what do you when workplace dynamics change and you find yourself supervising former co-workers? These tips should help. Separate personal relationships from professional ones This isn’t to say you can’t remain friendly but make it …

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