EEO-1 Pay Data Requirements Reinstated, Now Due September 30, 2019

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Businesses with 100 or more employees, as well as federal contractors with 50 or more employees, long have been required to submit annual Employer Information Reports (EEO-1 Reports), or surveys, disclosing the job category, race, sex and...

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Navigating Pay Equity in the #MeToo Era

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The #MeToo movement has raised the profile of pay equity issues in America, resulting in a nationwide trend among state and local municipalities to pass legislation aimed at ending the cycle of pay discrimination against women.

Federal laws...

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6 Keys to Effective Employee Discipline

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More often than not, managers want to avoid employee discipline just as much as the employees receiving it. But employee discipline should not be confused with or treated like punishment. Think about it - how often does responding to something in...

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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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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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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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How To Minimize the Impact When An Employee Quits Without Notice


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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Fear-Based Reaction to #MeToo Can Be a Dangerous Path to Discrimination Claims

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, some men are taking extreme measures out of fear of being falsely accused of sexual harassment: They’re avoiding women in the workplace altogether. But such behavior can backfire and expose companies to a...

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Kansas City Spring Break Staycation Ideas


For many of us around the Kansas City metro, spring break is in full swing. And while a beach vacation may sound like the perfect family getaway, sometimes the time, money or ability to get away just isn’t there. But don’t worry, there are plenty...

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Salary History Bans: Are They in the Near Future for Kansas City Private Employers?

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It remains one of the most dreaded hiring process questions by job seekers everywhere - “What was your salary at your previous job?” Not only do applicants feel the question holds them back from advancing their career, but it perpetuates gender...

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