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Unemployment is a costly affair. With lay-offs and terminations every company must be at the top of their game to deal with the unemployment claims that accompany such decisions. Obviously, organizations with integrity do not want to stand in the way of former employees collecting earned benefits. That’s why it’s more important than ever to… Read more »

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Your workforce is made up of teams; an essential component for any business to thrive and achieve success. A team is a group of individuals that come together to achieve common goals, to collaborate, and work together. To have such unity and cohesion among your teams, you must first build them—“If you build it, they… Read more »

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Does my company need an adverse weather policy? No.  It is up to each individual employer to come up with their own inclement weather policy if they so choose.  There are not any labor laws that require employers to have such a policy in place. It’s a fact that the weather can have an impact on… Read more »

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If you’re a timesheet approver who signs off on time sheets, read on!  Do you realize if you sign off on alterations to the hours reported by an employee you can be held personally liable?  The company you work for can also be held liable, but your personal assets can be up for grabs, too…. Read more »

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Should I deny a Doctor’s Appointment? If an employee comes to you, requesting FMLA time off to investigate a “possible” serious illness, don’t be too quick to deny.  A new court ruling, Baucum v. Cabarus Eye Center, sided with the employee, stating that a doctor’s visit to obtain test results to determine whether a serious… Read more »

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How valid are Verbal Safety Warnings? A verbal safety warning is not necessarily sufficient as a disciplinary action if an employee is known to have violated a safety policy or practice.  Look at how OSHA cited and the court ruled in a case involving the death of a New York bridge worker. When a New… Read more »

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Do I need to review I-9’s after they have been completed? There’s been a lot of noise lately regarding immigration legislation.  Perhaps this has prompted your company to review I-9’s to ensure they’re completed properly and self-audited at least annually. Form I-9 may well likely be more important than many business owners or HR professionals… Read more »

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Every company needs to be concerned about Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and potential discrimination issues within their organization. Fair hiring practices are a must, from both ethical and legal perspectives. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Ricci v.DeStefano has shed some renewed light on discriminatory practices in the workforce. This high profile discrimination… Read more »

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Here’s the scenario:  Bill has been an employee with your company for over three years.  Yesterday, he failed to show up for work and did not call in to explain why.  After contacting one of his family members, you were shocked to learn that Bill had been arrested.  What should you do?  As you will… Read more »

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Being an HR Professional definitely has its ups and downs!  And one of the biggest “downs” is when you need to lay-off or involuntarily terminate someone due to performance, conduct, attendance, etc.  It is important to remember that the eyes of other employees will be on you as you end someone’s employment with your company,… Read more »