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A primary challenge for many companies will be to attract and retain a skilled work force as the labor market continues to tighten and technology continues to evolve. This situation is exacerbated as companies find themselves managing three generations of American workers, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y or Millennials. Each has their own… Read more »

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As layoffs are occurring throughout the U.S., claims of age discrimination are soaring. First, we must review age discrimination law: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. The ADEA’s protections apply to employees and applicants alike. Under… Read more »

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Reference checking is critical, so don’t cut corners and skip the reference checks! It is a critical step in the selection/hiring process. By completing reference checks you help protect your business from being charged with negligent hiring practices. Yes, it takes time, but time spent up front on due diligence, is time and money saved… Read more »

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Legal compliance is always a hot topic, so we like to cover the issues that routinely crop up, and present questions. The quick and simple answer to the title question is, “No”. You may not, legally, refuse to hire a person simply because she is pregnant or possibly going to become pregnant. So you would… Read more »

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Overall employee attendance is one of the greatest predictors of company performance; it’s pivotal to get a firm handle on things. Far too many managers take a soft approach to attendance, allowing it to becomes an organizational culture problem. This is a grave mistake, which directly impacts the bottom line. It’s obvious occasional problems crop… Read more »

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Summer is nearly over and it’s time to begin thinking about a possible flu outbreak that could reach into businesses all over the world this season. Even though our natural reaction tends to say, “This will never happen to my company,” emergency plans should be developed to manage this possible crisis anyway – with hopes… Read more »

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Work Comp fraud costs companies billions of dollars each year. Sadly, there are great numbers of people out there looking for a free ride. Many of them see an unfortunate workplace injury as a long awaited opportunity for a “come up”. It’s sad, but true. When a workplace injury occurs, a standard practice is to interview… Read more »

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We need to start this article by saying that in over 35 years of working with employers we have never met a supervisor that actually liked or enjoyed terminating employees. An involuntary termination of employment is a double failure since it shows that the employee could not meet the needs and expectations of the employer… Read more »

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What should I write in a Reference Letter? It’s often a precarious place to be when a former employee who has been fired requests a reference letter for a prospective employer.  Should you provide negative feedback or only relay the positive in order to avoid a defamation lawsuit? If the employee had real performance issues… Read more »

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Just when is a hand written Thank You note appropriate? In the digital age, the idea of sending a hand-written thank-you note may sound old school, but it’s a simple formality that can impress employers and leave an indelible mark. WorkSource Staffing explains when sending a thank you note is appropriate and what to include…. Read more »