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Take an Active Approach to Quiet Quitting

By Best Practices, Employee Retention

Remember last year’s “Great Resignation,” when many employees optimistically left their jobs in search of greener pastures? Times have changed a bit, and fewer employees are willing to take the risk of quitting a stable job outright. However, they may be engaging in a trend known as “quiet quitting.” This passive attitude toward work can damage your business, and you want to be able to recognize and address it before it becomes a big problem….

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Employment Regulations by the Numbers

By Best Practices, Employment Law

Employers of any size must understand and be compliant with applicable labor laws. While we won’t go into an exhaustive review of all employment regulations in this article, here are some things to keep in mind. Regulations that apply to all employers Employers of all sizes must comply with certain federal laws. These include, but are not limited to: Equal Pay Act (EPA), which requires equal pay for equal work Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),…

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Federal Holidays to Consider Including in a Time Off Policy

By Best Practices, Holidays

As we near the end of 2022, now is a good time to start planning your business calendar for 2023. Like many companies, you will need to decide which federal holidays, if any, to recognize as part of your overall business decisions. What are the official federal holidays? The United States has established by law 12 permanent federal holidays. The first four federal holidays were created in 1870, when Congress granted paid time off to…

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The Pros and Cons of Unlimited PTO

By Best Practices, Payroll, Policies and Procedures

Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) may sound too good to be true, but it’s one of the latest tactics that employers are using to attract new employees. With unlimited PTO, employees may take off as much time as they wish – for vacation or anything else – as long as they can get their work done and company business isn’t disrupted. The policy can be great for recruiting. A new survey of 2,000 workers by…

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What’s the Latest Protocol for COVID-19?

By Best Practices, COVID-19, Policies and Procedures

It appears that COVID-19 is here to stay; in fact, variants continue to evolve, with BA.5 (part of the Omicron family) the latest that is causing waves of infection globally. Employers must remain vigilant regarding employee health and safety related to COVID-19 exposure and infection. It was recently reported that OHSA extended its COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP), which focuses on how hospitals and skilled nursing care facilities treat or handle COVID-19 patients. Following an…

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Legal and Practical Concerns of Hiring Remote Employees

By Best Practices, Policies and Procedures, Remote Working

Remote work arrangements are fast becoming a ‘new normal’ embraced by both employers and employees. While employees enjoy increased flexibility and less time commuting, employers can save money on office space and widen their talent pools. However, employers should ensure that their workplace policies consider certain aspects of remote work. These include security, work classifications, hours, wages, safety, posting of required notices and more. We’ll begin by looking at some of the privacy and security…

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Connecting Employees to Your Mission

By Best Practices, Corporate culture, Employee Engagement, Employee Retention

In its 2021 Global Human Capital Trends report, global consultancy Deloitte says that while the pandemic strained and tested the worker-employer relationship, “Thriving in an uncertain future depends on having a compelling vision for where that relationship should go.” Defining purpose for your business When articulating your business’s purpose, it may be helpful to think about your company’s mission, vision and values. According to SHRM, a mission statement is a concise explanation of an organization’s…

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Stay Compliant with Your Wage and Hour Practices

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Payroll

To stay compliant with federal and state labor laws, employers must have systems in place to accurately capture hours worked and payroll records showing that employees were appropriately compensated for those hours. MarathonHR can counsel you on the optimal classification for an employee. One client recently needed guidance on whether a marketing hire should be exempt or nonexempt since the position required working varied hours, including some weekends and evenings. We reminded them that salaried…

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What Guidelines Does OSHA Offer on Mask Use?

By Best Practices, COVID-19, OSHA Regulations

A client approached me recently about updating their company’s employee handbook to include COVID prevention policies. Specifically, we looked at whether or not OSHA has requirements on mask usage in the workplace. OSHA does not have a specific mask policy that applies to all businesses. However, here are some principles that businesses should keep in mind when creating their workplace policies. Safety first In the context of COVID, OSHA says that its guidance is advisory…

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Attracting a Diverse Workforce has a Significant Payoff

By Best Practices, Hiring

After a recent McKinsey study found that ethnically diverse companies outperform nondiverse companies by 35%, human resources professionals are taking a closer look at their hiring practices to ensure that they’re recruiting from a broader range of talent. A report from WayUp identifies common barriers to locating and attracting diverse candidates. Eliminating GPA requirements. GPA rarely correlates to the ability to perform a job. Candidates from lower income backgrounds often find themselves working long hours…

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