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Georgia’s Non-Compete Rules Have Changed Dramatically

By Employment Law, News, Non-Compete Agreements

A non-compete agreement is the cornerstone of many employment contracts. Company owners want the reassurance that should an employee leave, he or she will not go to work for a competitor or use company information for another firm’s benefit. Many business owners assume non-compete agreements are relatively straightforward and that they have a fair amount of latitude in creating them. However, some legislatures, including Georgia’s, have changed their laws and statutes in ways that significantly…

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Productivity Primer

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I recently came across a book on called “The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy” by Chris Bailey. It prompted to me to look at my own effectiveness and assess what’s working and where I could improve. Here are the things I learned to increase my productivity: Rule of 3 – Bailey talks about starting each day with the question, “By the time today is done, what three main things…

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Perks That Work

By Employee Retention, News

What are the “perks” that work to boost employee morale at your company? Namely, an HR platform, reports that paid time off garners the highest return on investment with employees. I find it a little funny that snacks are more valuable to employees than employee recognition, but free food is an amazing sociological phenomenon. Pass the pretzels!

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Questioning What is Reasonable

By Employment Law, Employment News, News

We are seeing more Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims lately, which shine a light on the gray area of “what is a reasonable accommodation?” If an employee cannot perform their job duties because of a non-work related medical issue, the employer should try to find a position within the employee’s skill set and comfort level. The key is identifying reasonable accommodations for the employee and avoiding undue hardship on the employer. Take ADA claims…

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Engaging Around Employee Engagement

By Best Practices, Employee Retention, News

A hot topic in the HR industry and around our offices lately is “employee engagement.” Are your employees engaged? If not, why not? What do your employees really value? Employee engagement is the art of listening to your employees and the science of acting on what you hear to create an environment where your staff members are raving fans of your organization. Research from Deloitte Human Capital Trends 2016 reveals that nearly 20 percent of…

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Staying on Top of Overtime

By Employment Law, Employment News, News

As we indicated in last month’s newsletter, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized their new overtime policy known as the “white-collar exemption.” This is a significant change to overtime pay exemptions, increasing the salary of “exempt” employees to $47,476 from $23,660, meaning if an employee makes less than $47,476 annually, they are now entitled to overtime pay. Employers must comply with these updated regulations by December 1, 2016. That gives you a little more…

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Will Transparent Data Make Workplaces Safer?

By Employment Law, Employment News, News

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) thinks so. In May, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a ruling that increases data transparency by making information about workplace injuries and illnesses available online. They say that sharing this kind of information publicly helps “reduce work-related injuries and illnesses.” The new rule takes effect on January 1, 2017. It requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to…

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MarathonHR Expands Office Space

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As MarathonHR grows, so does the need for larger office space. We recently moved to new office space within our current building in Athens, GA. Same physical address, but double the space. The move allows for more private offices, easier access and a separate entrance. In short, we now have more elbow room! Visit us at 565 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30605.

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