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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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COVID-19 Protocols Still Crucial in the Workplace

By Best Practices, Policies and Procedures

As social activities and travel pick back up this summer, businesses and employees are becoming increasingly lax regarding established COVID-19 protocols. But with only 67% of the population receiving at least one dose of vaccine, are we taking two steps forward and three steps backward? An increase in COVID rates could be on the horizon. While we all can enjoy getting back to “normal,” we would be remiss to forget the valuable lessons learned last…

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Responding to Requests for Employment Verification: How Much Should You Share?

By Best Practices

As an employer with any track record of hiring, you’re bound to get calls requesting employment verification for past employees. Before you begin fielding these calls, it’s important to designate a person on your staff to accept these calls as well as have a protocol in place for what you will and will not provide as part of an employment verification. Inside most organizations, responsibility for employment verification falls to the HR Manager or the…

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Tips for Preparing Your New Hire Checklist

By Best Practices, Hiring

As with any task worth doing well, having a predefined checklist in place before getting started assures a more accurate and consistent outcome. If your business doesn’t already have a new hire checklist in place, now would be a good time to create one – so that you’re prepared before your next hire. Let’s start out with forms. For Georgia hires, new hires will need to complete a W-4 (for federal employee withholding), a G-4…

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Save Time Next Year by Reporting Form W-2 Before the Annual January 31 Deadline

By Best Practices, Payroll

As most employers or individuals with responsibility for running payroll know, January 31 is the deadline for filing Form W-2s with Social Security as well as for distributing them to employees. What most may not consider is the importance or at least the advantage of filing those W-2 forms early. Receipt of W-2s prior to the January 31 deadline allows time for employees to review and notify their employers of inaccurate information. At MarathonHR, we…

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Guidelines for Protecting Your Business When Workers Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

By Best Practices

Last year we shared best practices from the CDC about how to minimize risk associated with persons who had been exposed. As we continue to receive calls from concerned business owners almost daily, we wanted revisit the current and always evolving recommendations. In addition to this simple to understand graphic above, we’re encouraging clients to go right to the source and download the current Georgia Department of Public Health Quarantine Guidance: https://dph.georgia.gov/document/document/quarantine-guidance-what-do-if-you-were-exposed-someone-novel-coronavirus-covid/download

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Protect Your Business from HR Pitfalls with Our Checklist for 2021

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring, Policies and Procedures, Record-keeping, Recordkeeping

A smart way to start the fiscal year is to incorporate a self-evaluation of your organization’s compliance with state and federal labor laws. This simple checklist should serve as a great starting point. A few basic areas of exploration should include: For Current Employees: Do you have an employee handbook? If so, does your handbook address the following policies: At-will employment policy, nondiscrimination policy, sexual harassment policy and confidential information policy? If your business has…

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