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Employee Onboarding in the Digital Age

By Hiring, Payroll

Electronic onboarding, or bringing new employees into your organization online, offers value in a few ways: FACILITATES REMOTE HIRING – Employer and employee do not have to be in the same location when completing employment documentation. STANDARD PROCESS – The same process will be used regardless of the employer representative and employee. INTEGRATED TO PAYROLL – Once complete, employee demographic, tax and direct deposit information can be imported directly into our payroll software. Electronic onboarding…

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E-Verify Logo on Your Website Lets Job Seekers Know You Participate

By Employment Law

U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in this country. This means either U.S. citizens or non-citizens who have the appropriate authorization. As a means to determine the eligibility of employees to work in the U.S., the government developed “E-verify,” an internet-based system that is free and easy to use. I think it’s an effective way for employers to ensure that their workforce is legal. According to the Department of…

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Do You Have Any WOWs?

By Employment Law

A WOW, as defined by the Department of Labor (DOL), is a “worker owed wages.” If the DOL conducts an audit and finds an issue of underpayment of an employee, they work with the employer to make the pay current. If they cannot find the employee, the DOL retains the back wages while continuing to look for the employee for payment. If, after three years, they are unable to locate the employee, the money is…

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Big Firms = Big Benefits, but What About the Little Guys?

By Benefits & Insurance, Employment Law

You may have heard earlier this month that Netflix announced that their employees who are new moms or dads may take off as much time as they’d like during the first year following their child’s birth or adoption. With this, Netflix has joined other major companies like Google and Facebook, who have implemented generous parental policies that are vastly different than the mandatory parental leave policies of most other companies in America. Under the Family…

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Are You Sick of Sick Leave Yet?

By Employment Law, Sick Leave

We have years of experience helping our clients draft sick leave and vacation policies. In a new draft executive order from President Obama, employers with federal contracts will be required to provide seven days of sick time to employees annually, which would include paid time for family care. That may not sound like a big deal, but it could cause a lot of administrative headaches for companies to implement and execute, in addition to requiring…

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Be Prepared If Tragedy Strikes

By Employment Law, Hiring, Risk Management & Safety

This unfortunate topic is ripped from the headlines and from an email I received from a friend recently. In response to news of a workplace shooting, my friend wrote: “Disturbing – are you fully insured for this? Advice to companies as to how to handle?” Disturbing, indeed. It’s very difficult to create policies that adequately account for tragedies. However, I believe that the best insurance against problems is prevention. Could good hiring practices, background screenings,…

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A Cigarette is a Cigarette

By Drugs in the Workplace, Employment Law

As a follow up to an article in our May newsletter about e-cigarettes, I wanted to share an update with you from the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). They recently released new recommendations that employers maintain completely smoke-free workplaces. This means treating e-cigarettes just like those made with tobacco. The recommendation comes in an attempt to protect workers from the occupational hazards of tobacco and secondhand smoke or emissions from e-cigarettes. It…

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Are You Sure You Should Ask That?

By Employment Law, Hiring

A 2014 Harris Poll conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder found that 20% of employers have unknowingly asked an illegal interview question. Further, at least a third of employers are unsure about the legality of some interview questions. “It’s important for both interviewer and interviewee to understand what employers do and don’t have a legal right to ask in a job interview – for both parties’ protection,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder….

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Safety in the Summertime

By Risk Management & Safety

Earlier this month, I conducted a safety audit with a client and the risk manager raised a few issues that I thought would be helpful to share. The first is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the summer months. Often, workers will remove hard hats, safety glasses and heavy, steel-toed footwear because it is so hot outside. Employers need to remind workers of the importance of protective gear and enforce their policies about…

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To Pay or Not to Pay Summer Interns?

By Employment Law, Hiring, Payroll

If you are hiring – or have hired – summer interns, you need to do the requisite “summer reading” on whether or not you need to pay them. Traditionally, most interns worked over the summer for the experience and to build their resume. However, unpaid internships have gotten a little more complicated from a legal perspective in recent years. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandates that interns in the “for-profit…

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