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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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Forming and Following an Employment Document Retention Strategy

By Hiring, Recordkeeping, Recruiting

Your employment documentation strategy needs to address the people you hire as well as the ones that you don’t hire. Each organization should maintain a hiring file of documents generated during the recruiting and evaluation process for each position on your staff. A thorough hiring file should include the following items: Job postings Applications and resumes received Any communications with a recruiter, if one was used Interview notes Reference checks Evaluation and assessment results Applicant…

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Make Sure You’re Ready for Truly Remote Employees

By Hiring

When nearly every business who was able adopted a work from home policy in 2020, employees began to reconsider where they lived while employers simultaneously began to wonder if they could expand the allowable geography for evaluating new candidates. Fast forward into 2021 where the news is filled with stories about businesses who allowed their staff to relocate to warmer and cheaper locales and many employers are beginning to ask: does it really matter from…

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Updating Your Standard Phone Screen Questions

By Hiring, Recruiting

Much like everything else in your business, hiring looks different in the spring of 2021. Once routine practices for screening employee candidates before you brought them in for the first real interview may need revisiting. While some businesses have maintained an entirely remote workforce and others have returned to a safe but socially distanced office, there is yet another group of businesses with a hybrid approach operating somewhere in between. This patchwork of operations makes…

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Can Employers Require that New Hires Be Vaccinated?

By Hiring, Policies and Procedures

In December we addressed the very popular topic of whether employers should require current employees be vaccinated before returning to office. Now, as more businesses are opening up and there are signs of improvement in the economy, some employers may be considering hiring new staff for their existing businesses while others are seeking talent for newly opened businesses. The standard for treatment of existing employees versus consideration of new applicants is dissimilar and warrants further…

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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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Screening Potential Employees for Healthy Practices

By Hiring, News

Interviewing is challenging enough but in an era of social distancing, how best to evaluate candidates and still maintain proper distance can be difficult. Increasingly the first and sometimes the second interview is conducted via phone or video conferencing but ultimately employers may want to see a candidate in the flesh. Some creativity may be required to find a place that is both suitable for interviewing and comfortable for both candidate and employer. Instead of…

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Understanding How to Complete the New W-4 Form

By Employment News, Hiring, News, Payroll, Recordkeeping

The IRS introduced a new W-4 form effective January 1, 2020 that eliminated withholding allowances. The form was redesigned to allow taxpayers to make their own calculations, especially when taking into account multiple sources of income. Employees who have furnished Form W-4 in any year before 2020 are not required to furnish a new form merely because of the redesign. However, with many employees surprised with either large tax bills or large refunds last year,…

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When Employees Quit Unexpectedly, Do You Know Why?

By Best Practices, Corporate culture, Employee Retention, Hiring, Recruiting

Per a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, more employees are voluntarily leaving their jobs than at almost any other time this millennium. When an employee quits – especially if the individual was a valued contributor – or the person “ghosts” the firm (stops showing up with no notice), employers can feel confused and betrayed. If the organization has invested resources in the employee, such as training, the loss can be financial, as well….

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Don’t Let the Fair Credit Reporting Act Catch You Unprepared!

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring, Risk Management & Safety

Periodically, we issue article updates on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the legislation enacted to promote accuracy, fairness and privacy for consumer information stored and used by consumer reporting agencies. Hiring organizations need to be aware of FCRA regulations, because in some instances they can be held liable if their reporting agency violates them. Right now, we are monitoring several issues that may affect business owners’ rights. Two that could have significant impact follow….

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