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How important are Background Checks? Thorough screening of applicants is an essential part of HR Professionals’ responsibilities.  Making a “bad hire” because due diligence wasn’t followed can be very costly – not only financially – but in hours spent training and potential workplace ramifications that can affect the entire businesses’ workforce. Performing background checks allows… Read more »

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Should my company have a Social Media policy? It’s a great idea to draft a company policy on employee Social Media usage.  Many employees are posting or tweeting about their companies on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, creating negative business images and actually, in some cases, putting companies at risk. Even if employees… Read more »

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Should my company have an Emergency Action Plan? Every company should employ an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to provide the safest work environment possible.  Tornado season is a definite cause of concern, yet there are many other disasters that can occur while employees are in the workplace, as well:  bomb threats, fires, etc. An EAP… Read more »

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It appears that the Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have made a policy decision to rescind the 2007 “No Match Rule.” Under this rule, the Social Security administration (SSA) would have been required to notify employers who report earnings for at least ten employees whose names do not match their Social… Read more »

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One thing every H.R. professional can count on is change! This time, the I-9 process is changing, which we all know, is critical to our businesses. On April 3, 2009, we will be required to use the 2009 version of the I-9. Unlike previous I-9 rules, expired documents will no longer be acceptable for proof… Read more »

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Most employees are seeing or are going to see a bit more on their paychecks no later than the April 1, 2009, payroll period.  Due to the Making Work Pay Credit, a provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, most employees will see an increase in their paychecks between $8.00 and $13.00… Read more »