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Final Paycheck Laws Differ by State

By Payroll

When an employee leaves a job for any reason, the employer must follow applicable laws governing how quickly to issue the last paycheck. While federal law does not require employers to issue the final paycheck immediately, some states may require immediate payment. In addition, some states have different final paycheck deadlines depending upon the reason for the employee leaving (i.e., employees who quit vs. being fired or laid off.) In MarathonHR’s primary states of operation…

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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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Mistakes that Can Cost Candidates a Job Offer

By Hiring

Even in today’s hot employment market, it’s important to remember the basics about putting your best foot forward during a job interview. Here are some of the most common red flags that HR experts have noted: Coming unprepared to an interview. According to The HR Digest, one of the biggest interview red flags for employers is candidates who turn up unprepared for an interview. If a prospective employee hasn’t taken the time to try to…

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Employees Under Age 16 Need Work Permits

By Hiring

Hiring a 14- or 15-year-old employee for the summer can be a great addition to your team. To do this, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) requires an Employment Certificate, also known as a Work Permit, for all minors who have not reached their 16th birthday. Here’s what you need to do: Have the minor initiate a Youth Work Permit data sheet online. He or she will need to complete Section A, print the Work…

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To Pay or Not to Pay? What Are the Rules Regarding Interns?

By Hiring, Interns

One question that comes up, especially in the summer, is whether interns have to be paid. The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Fact Sheet 71 to provide employers guidance on this issue. Summer internships can be extremely beneficial for both the company and the intern. To maximize this relationship and remain compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers must pay attention to what is known as the primary beneficiary test – a…

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Unemployment Shenanigans: Claims Against the Wrong Employer

By Employment Law, Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment claims can take up valuable time and affect your bottom line. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of claims and respond to any that are made in error or that contain inaccurate information. Beware of claims against the wrong employer When a former employee applies for unemployment, the employer will receive notification of a claim and have a chance to respond to it. Incorrect information may be challenged, such as when former…

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What Happens When a Remote Worker is Injured at Home?

By Employment Law, OSHA Regulations, Workplace Injuries

With many companies either hiring remote employees or allowing existing employees to work from home, the process of documenting workplace injuries is becoming more complicated. An article I read recently described a situation in which a salesperson tripped over her dog and fractured her wrist while working from home for a major retailer. She filed – and won – a lawsuit against the employer, claiming the injury resulted from her employment and the company’s requirement…

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It’s Time to Stop Remote Verification of I-9 Forms

By COVID-19, Employment Law, I-9 Forms

During the pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) relaxed the procedures for collecting the employee identification documents necessary to complete I-9 Forms. Understandably, some flexibility was necessary as employers were exercising precautions related to physical proximity and in-person meetings. During that time, DHS allowed employers to inspect I-9 identity documents remotely (such as through video link, fax or email) in lieu of performing a physical inspection. However, employers who utilized this option are now…

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