Employment-Related Medical Exams and Inquiries Present Compliance Quagmire for Employers

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Employers use all manner of pre-employment tests to make sure applicants qualify for open positions. But when it comes to medical screenings and inquiries, companies must navigate a compliance quagmire to avoid discriminatory behavior that could...

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Toxic Employees: You’ve Identified One at Your Business, Now What?

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Toxic employees aren’t uncommon. In fact, some experts predict it’s likely every organization has at least one on their team right now. And while many business owners and hiring managers believe the best defense is a good offense - never hire a...

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No Smoke Screens: Prescreening Helps Ensure Good Hires

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With national unemployment rates hovering at 4 percent or below for many months – and Kansas and Missouri rates coming in even lower – employers in many industries face severe worker shortages. The tight labor market underscores the importance of...

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Why Every Business Needs a Social Media Policy

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Chances are we’ve all seen a shocking news story about a social media HR nightmare gone viral. For instance, the man who live-streamed on social media while driving a freight truck across the Twin Spans bridge in his U.S. Xpress uniform. He even...

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Get Ready for Upcoming FLSA Overtime Changes

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Just last month the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule. The proposed changes include an increase in the overtime salary threshold for white-collar exempt employees to...

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Recruiting Biases: How to Avoid Blind Spots and Make Smart Hiring Decisions

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It’s difficult to calculate exactly how much a bad hire costs a company, but experts estimate it’s anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to as much as a quarter of a million dollars, considering all recruiting and onboarding expenses. If a...

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Toxic Employees: How One Bad Apple Ruins the Bunch

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We’ve all heard the idiom, “One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.” But what about one rotten, or toxic, employee? Can their influence on their coworkers create a domino effect and ruin your company culture?

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6 Last-Minute Tax Tips

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If you haven’t filed your 2018 taxes yet, you’re not alone. In fact, many taxpayers wait until the last minute. But with Tax Day less than two weeks away, it is time to get the necessary documents together to prepare and file your taxes or to...

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Know Before They Go: How to Ease the Pain of Employee Departures

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Employees are your company’s most important asset. When one of them leaves – whether by their choice or yours – morale, productivity and sometimes even your company culture can be affected.

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How To Minimize the Impact When An Employee Quits Without Notice

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Employee departures are never easy, voluntary or not. But, for small businesses, the loss of an employee may represent a big percentage of the company’s entire workforce, which means smaller employers face unique challenges when an employee quits...

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