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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Ask the Expert: The Coronavirus, Self-Quarantine, Employee Pay & the FMLA

Update March 20, 2020:  On March 18, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a multibillion-dollar bill that requires businesses with 500 or fewer employees to provide paid sick leave and job-protected...
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How to Deal With an Employee Who Didn’t Get the Promotion

Telling outside candidates they didn’t get the job may not be one of your favorite things to do as an employer, but it’s par for the course. You couldn’t possibly hire everyone who applied for a position at your company — one job opening, one...

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How Opioids Affect Workers' Comp Costs

Opioid use among employees continues to rise, presenting a myriad of unprecedented challenges for small and midsized employers. Among these challenges include navigating workers’ compensation claims when opioids are involved - either as a result...

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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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How to Prepare Your Business for a Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

Updated March 19, 2020. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan, China last December continues to spread. In the U.S., as of March 19, there have been 10,442 confirmed cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control and...

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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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State & Federal Compliance: The 8 Most Common Wage & Hour Violations

Between state and federal guidelines, employers and human resources professionals must comply with dozens of wage and hour rules. To add difficulty, employers with employees working across multiple states must comply with the guidelines in each...

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What to Expect When OSHA is Inspecting

Suppose an Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance safety and health officer appears at your workplace. You probably had no way of knowing he or she was coming, because OSHA inspections are unannounced. Does this unexpected news...

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