Fear-Based Reactions to COVID-19 Could Lead to Workplace Discrimination Claims

A public health emergency like the one we are now experiencing creates stress for businesses and employees. It’s understandable that people are apprehensive – even fearful – about the spread of COVID-19 and the potential impact it may have on...

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Don't Hire Another Employee Without Asking These Questions

The interview is perhaps the single most important business process to master; it's the most powerful step in the process of determining who enters your organization, influencing your company culture, quality, safety, and even client...

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Six Leadership Skills No Good Manager Can Be Without

Are good managers born? Or are they made?

Having effective leaders in your company’s management roles is important because strong managers have enormous impact on employee productivity and retention. Employees who rate their managers as poor...

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HR Investigations: How to Investigate an Employee Harassment Complaint

If an employee lodges a harassment or discrimination complaint at your company, how you respond will make all the difference in your organization’s ability to avoid legal liability, maintain your business reputation and engender continued loyalty...

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An Employer’s Guide to Substance Abuse Policies

Nearly 21 million Americans have substance abuse disorders, and three-fourths of them are employed, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. These statistics involve real people. If some of them work for you, the impact to your small or mid-sized...

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When Employees Harass Coworkers on Social Media, the Employer May Be Liable

Social media is everywhere. It has changed the way we interact with people, get our news, shop for products and spend our time. With 3.5 billion active social media users daily spending an average of three hours per day, it is one of the most...

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When Hourly Met Salary: Should You Switch Salaried, Exempt Employees to Hourly Pay?

In light of the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule, which took effect as of January 1, 2020, the salary minimum went from $23,660 to $35,568  to be considered exempt from overtime pay, you may be considering reclassifying...

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What to Do When an Employee Has an Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases (or communicable diseases) can be caused by viruses (e.g., the common cold, influenza, measles, HIV), bacteria (e.g., strep throat, meningitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis), fungi (e.g., ringworm, Athlete’s Foot) or parasites...

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Beyond the Interview Questions: The Need-to-Knows of Unconscious Bias

Anyone conducting job interviews should already know there are questions you can’t ask a candidate. Race, national origin, gender, disability, military status and age are all protected classes, so interviewers should avoid asking questions about...

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Employment Reference Checks: What to Ask and Why

Conducting reference checks when hiring is a necessary step in the process to verify the accuracy of the information received during the interview process and provided on the candidate’s resume. According to SHRM, 92% of employers conduct some...

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