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2015

Fired for a Felony?

By Employment Law, Hiring

The topic of background checks is a concern for many of our colleagues and clients. I noticed an interesting question related to background checks posted on the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) blog: Q. I recently discovered that one of our newly-hired employees has a felony conviction and served prison time within the past four years for financial fraud and identity theft. Our organization does not conduct background checks nor do we ask about past…

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Data Protection: Create Human Firewalls

By Uncategorized

When your data is breached, it is most often as a result of a security gap in your network as well as a human gap. According to a report from the Ponemon Institute, companies are attacked an average of 16,856 times a year. Further, “43 percent of U.S. companies experienced a data breach in 2014,” according to the institute. You heard about them in news reports last year – Target, Home Depot, Staples and others….

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Narrowing the FLSA’s “White Collar” Exemption

By Uncategorized

Last March, President Obama directed the Labor Department to make overtime pay an option for millions of additional workers by narrowing the “white collar” exemption under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), which would more restrictively define the duties test and raise the threshold for the salary basis test. Originally intended to go into effect this past November, it now looks as if it will be the first quarter of this year before it is…

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The High Cost of Sleepless Nights

By Uncategorized

sometimes have trouble sleeping. On a recent night of tossing and turning, I got up to check my phone and found an article that had been emailed to me about, you guessed it, sleep deprivation. I have a friend who calls the many things that keep business owners up at night “entrepreneurial insomnia.” There is a real impact on entrepreneurs when they don’t get enough sleep. “The negative effects of sleep deprivation are so great…

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