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In the wake of the anxiety over the recent flu outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that anyone with flu symptoms stay home from work and school. Debate has arisen over employees that aren’t in a position to stay home from work because they don’t have sick leave benefits. Some employees even… Read more »

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Cell phone texting while driving a company vehicle……does your company have a policy regarding this safety issue? If not, you definitely might want to consider employing one, as drivers who text on their cell phones have an accident risk 23 times greater than drivers who don’t use cell phones on the road. This study comes… Read more »

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You Can Downsize With Care – for People and the Business From Alan Downs in Business: The Ultimate Resource, About.com Guest Executive Summary Downsizing or doing layoffs is a toxic solution. Used sparingly and with planning downsizing can be an organizational lifesaver, but when layoffs are used repeatedly without a thoughtful strategy, downsizing can destroy… Read more »

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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 »