Q&A: Religious Accommodation and Employee Safety

Question: We have an employee who works outdoors under varying weather conditions, including extreme heat. He is a devout Muslim and is currently observing Ramadan (going without food or fluids all day while working). We are concerned about his...

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q&a: Do I have to pay employees to run a 5K?

With the summer season upon us lots of employers are thinking about civic engagement, whether it is entering a 5K, joining a charity golf tournament, or getting a group together to perform volunteer work. Some employers conduct these activities...

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Q&A: can an Employee's spouse get health care coverage mid-year?

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Q&A: can we require using Electronic w-2 forms?

Question: We have employees in several states and would like to require that all employees (current and future) have an accessible email account so we can electronically provide all Form W-2s and paystubs. Can we do this? Answer: A best practice...

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Q&A: rules about Employees discussing pay

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Technique: Holding "the" Conversation

There comes a time in every manager’s or HR professional’s career when he or she must deliver a difficult message to an employee. The message might be about hygiene, performance, or termination.  Regardless of the situation, it is a necessary...

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Positive Drug Tests at a 12-Year High in Kansas City

This June 2nd article from the Kansas City Star highlights a startling reality about the state of the metro workforce.  Positive drug tests are at a 12-year high.  Read more.

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Summer Interns: Paid or Unpaid? Getting it Right

Summer is here and students are looking for jobs. Some may even offer to work for no pay just to get job experience to put on their résumés. As employers, we know that internships offer students opportunities to gain real-world experience, make...

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Q&A: When is a pet a service animal? - ADA Guidelines

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Tax & employment law for employees in multiple states

Question: We are going to hire remote employees in several different states. What must we consider from a tax and employment law perspective? Answer: Generally, employers must comply with the labor law of the state in which the employee will be...
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