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Policies and Procedures

Your End of Year HR To-Do List

By Best Practices, Policies and Procedures

The end of any year is always challenging, between juggling employees’ holiday vacation schedules, preparing year-end paperwork, and making adjustments for the upcoming year. However, an end of year assessment is a valuable way to review your company’s accomplishments for the year, celebrate successes, and share business updates and progress with your employees and stakeholders. You also can take stock of how well you met your goals and capabilities, which allows you to set objectives…

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Fitness for Duty in Pregnant Workers: A Test of Company Policies

By ADA, Best Practices, Policies and Procedures, Pregnancy Leave, Uncategorized, Worker Disability

Prudent business leaders recognize the importance of requiring “fitness for duty” certifications as part of the hiring process, especially where a worker may need to perform lifting, bending, stair climbing and other physical duties. Many organizations also request fitness for duty certifications for a change in work status, and this is legal provided that the requirement is consistent across all workers. When workers (as well as job candidates) are pregnant, however, HR professionals face special challenges….

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Study Finds Minimum Wage Increase a Mixed Bag

By Employment News, Hiring, Policies and Procedures

For business owners in industries whose profit – or even viability – relies on filling positions with minimum wage workers, the possibility of a $15 an hour minimum wage is worrisome. Business leaders, or anyone concerned with the impact of a higher minimum wage, should take a look at a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Based on an analysis that examined the impact of a $15 an hour minimum wage, the report…

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Are You Leading the Way?

By Best Practices, Corporate culture, Policies and Procedures

It’s been 55 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 13 years since the #MeToo movement started. Companies from Sephora to Starbucks are making assertive efforts to expand their support for “workplace diversity” — not only through training, policies and procedures but also by ingraining it into corporate cultures. Increasingly, companies are embracing the concept that everyone has the potential to contribute regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic…

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Employee Obesity and “Fitness for Duty”

By Hiring, Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

In the past few years, several employee obesity-related court cases have made national headlines. This isn’t surprising, given that obesity is at an all-time high. Per a 2017 survey by Forbes and Statista, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults can be characterized as obese. Obesity is a problem especially in “caregiver” occupations, such as home healthcare workers, where concern for a patient may outweigh the worker’s concern for their own health. (Per a survey by…

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Five HOT Tips for Summertime Productivity

By Best Practices, Policies and Procedures

It’s not easy staying productive in the summer, between vacations, holidays and the heat. However, if we shift our attitudes just a bit and seek uncomplicated ways to be productive, it becomes a bit more manageable.  Following are a few tips – some are mine; some are borrowed from Chris Bailey, author of several productivity books and the host of a helpful website, A Life of Productivity. Rule of Three – Bailey talks about starting…

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Summer Interns – What Compensation Does the Law Mandate?

By Affordable Care Act, Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring, Interns, Payroll, Policies and Procedures

If you are hiring – or have hired – summer interns, are you up to date on how you need to compensate them, if at all? Traditionally, most interns worked over the summer for the experience and to build their resumes. However, unpaid internships have come under more scrutiny in recent years, not only regarding wages but also for potential benefit eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Historical guidance, as reflected in the Department of…

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Department of Labor Overtime Laws Are in Flux – And It May Get Much Worse!

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Employment News, Policies and Procedures

Recently, a former Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator expressed concern for the new overtime rule that is working its way through the system. As we previously reported, in 2017 the Obama-era overtime rules were struck down by a court as invalid, leaving the Trump administration to make a determination about updating the rule. Former WHD Administrator Tammy McCutchen recently noted that the DOL’s planned timeline for finalizing the rule is…

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Social Media Is Putting People and Companies at Risk. Is Your Position Clear?

By Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety, Technology in the Workplace

As the bad news grows regarding Facebook’s imprudent treatment of user information, you may be wondering if privacy violations are endangering your company or its personnel. At Marathon, we believe it is certainly possible. We recommend prudence as the best course of action. All organizations should have a clearly defined social media “posture” supported by firm policies regarding the use of social media. Companies in industries that involve vulnerable populations, such education, home healthcare (e.g….

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Engaged to be Waiting, or Waiting to be Engaged?

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Payroll, Policies and Procedures

One of the most common questions for employers determining compensable time is how to handle on-call situations. If an employee is on-call, is he or she eligible to be paid for the on-call time? The answer lies in the restrictions the employer places upon the worker during the on-call period. To make this determination, there are two key questions that employers should consider. 1. Does the employer control the location where employees must wait? Per…

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