Seasonal Employees vs. Seasonal Workers -The differences matter!

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  As a staffing agency, we function in part as a temp service. As a result, we need to know, and want others to know, the differences between “seasonal workers” and “seasonal employees”. Today, we tackle that topic. A “seasonal employee” is defined as an “employee hired into a position for which the customary annual… Read more »

Ask WorkSource: I-9’s and Immigration

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As everyone knows, immigration is a hotbed topic these days. It’s not just a news topic, the government is cracking down on employers. From January to July 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) ran a two-phase, nationwide operation in which NOI I-9 audit notices were served to more than 5,200… Read more »

Ask WorkSource: Overtime – Exemptions

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  Over the last couple of years, there’s been a lot of buzz going around about employee eligibility as it relates to overtime pay, minimum wage, and employee vs. independent contractor status. Hopefully we can shed some light on the subject. In 2016 employers anxiously watched as the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a rule… Read more »

A simple formula for professionals: Bad Hires = Bad Business

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  Most professionals understand that recruiting and hiring great employees is a critical aspect of business. So what happens when things awry? A recent study addressed just that. “The cost of a Bad Hire”. You know, those employees that somehow made it on the payroll, and now everyone is wondering why and how? The gist… Read more »

What Generation of Candidates are You Appealing to?

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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 »

Ask WorkSource: Is it true age discrimination claims are on the rise?

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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 »

Ask WorkSource: Reference Checks

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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 »

Is it legal to disqualify a candidate because they are pregnant?

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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 »

Ask WorkSource: What do I do if Tardiness becomes a problem?

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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 »

Ask WorkSource: How can I plan ahead for a flu outbreak?

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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 »