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HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE by: Rob Parker Hopefully, you will never have to deal with an employee who is threatening to commit suicide. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that threats of suicide are quite common in the workplace, especially during the holidays.  Although a happy time for most people, the holidays can be […]

Employee Discipline and Termination

One of the hardest parts of holding a managerial or CEO position is have the responsibility to discipline, and possibly terminate, an employee. Employee performance is almost always a hard conversation, because there is always room for improvement, raises, praises, but with that comes harsh lessons for some, issues with retention, and possibly a convoluted […]

THE END OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IS THE BEGINNING OF WAGE & HOUR HEADACHES

Most people enjoy the end of Daylight Saving Time as it generally means an extra hour of sleep for the weary. But what about those working when the clock “falls back”? The end of Daylight Saving Time presents a challenge for employers who have nonexempt employees working the overnight shift. The first challenge comes from the requirement that […]

TIS THE SEASON – HOLIDAY PARTY GUIDELINES

The holiday season is upon us once again. With the holiday season comes the office holiday party — and the myriad of issues employers face. The office holiday party, which often combines the festive atmosphere of the season with the consumption of alcohol, is a potential minefield of employer liability. We would never advise that an employer […]

PROVIDING LEAVE FOR EMPLOYEES IN TIMES OF TRAGEDY

Providing leave for employees in times of tragedy By: Amy Matthews We all see catastrophic events on the news — hurricanes, fires, shootings. While they present their own problems — grieving, loss, destruction and rebuilding — there is a matter-of-fact side that people are almost afraid to discuss: the side that considers how a worker […]

7 Steps to Help You Manage ADA Accommodation Requests

ADA Compliance – Some Major Tips   Step 1: See the Value Employees can sense when company leaders are just going through the motions, even if HR says all the right words. 1 in 5 U.S. adults has a disability. Source: Job Accommodation Network There are also less tangible, but no less important, benefits for […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE … The Problem with Marijuana By Rob Parker HR interviews a candidate who appears to be the most suitable and qualified person for an open position at the company. A conditional job offer is made and the candidate is given instructions on how to proceed with her pre-employment drug screen.  The […]

EMPLOYEE OFF-DUTY CONDUCT – WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO?

Employers often express concern about employees’ off-duty activities that affect their job performance or the employer’s brand. It is tempting to regulate what employees can and cannot do to limit the adverse affects on business. However, employers should be careful. Certain well intended policies may go awry of state or federal protections. Don’t tarnish your […]

How to Mitigate Workplace Violence

WPV In our last webinar, we discussed workplace violence. Workplace violence is any physical assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting. A workplace can be defined as any location either permanent or temporary where an employee performs any work related duty. So What Does This Mean? Workplace violence includes, but is not limited to, […]

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