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Spring Cleaning

By Employment Law

Spring is a great time to schedule a purging of files that have accumulated in your office that you may no longer need. While a good “spring cleaning” makes the office look neater and more organized, you want to be sure to retain documents for a period of time compliant with the law. According to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) sample recordkeeping policy, the retention periods for terminated employees’ and applicants’ records and…

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Papers, Papers Everywhere

By Employment Law

Every year, the mishandling of confidential documents costs companies millions of dollars in liability. The State of Georgia has potential fines of up to $10,000 for businesses that mismanage confidential information. All businesses have information that needs to be destroyed, according to Peg Hussing, owner of Alpharetta-based EcoShredding, Inc., including customer lists, pricing, contracts, banking information and HR documents such as employment applications and payroll. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to safeguard…

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Is Navigating Health Insurance Making You Feel Sick?

By Benefits & Insurance, Employment Law

A person is hired by a company and the new employee’s compensation package includes both wages and an employer contribution toward a group health plan. Along comes the Affordable Care Act and premiums skyrocket. The employer, not covered by “pay or play” due to it’s number of employees, drops the group plan and informs the covered employees that if they need coverage they will need to purchase individual plans on their own. Should the employer…

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Fired for a Felony?

By Employment Law, Hiring

The topic of background checks is a concern for many of our colleagues and clients. I noticed an interesting question related to background checks posted on the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) blog: Q. I recently discovered that one of our newly-hired employees has a felony conviction and served prison time within the past four years for financial fraud and identity theft. Our organization does not conduct background checks nor do we ask about past…

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Data Protection: Create Human Firewalls

By Uncategorized

When your data is breached, it is most often as a result of a security gap in your network as well as a human gap. According to a report from the Ponemon Institute, companies are attacked an average of 16,856 times a year. Further, “43 percent of U.S. companies experienced a data breach in 2014,” according to the institute. You heard about them in news reports last year – Target, Home Depot, Staples and others….

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Narrowing the FLSA’s “White Collar” Exemption

By Uncategorized

Last March, President Obama directed the Labor Department to make overtime pay an option for millions of additional workers by narrowing the “white collar” exemption under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), which would more restrictively define the duties test and raise the threshold for the salary basis test. Originally intended to go into effect this past November, it now looks as if it will be the first quarter of this year before it is…

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The High Cost of Sleepless Nights

By Uncategorized

sometimes have trouble sleeping. On a recent night of tossing and turning, I got up to check my phone and found an article that had been emailed to me about, you guessed it, sleep deprivation. I have a friend who calls the many things that keep business owners up at night “entrepreneurial insomnia.” There is a real impact on entrepreneurs when they don’t get enough sleep. “The negative effects of sleep deprivation are so great…

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Special Delivery: Pregnancy Discrimination Update

By Employment Law

Women’s reproductive rights have been headline news this year. Large corporations such as Wal-Mart and UPS have been thrust into the spotlight regarding their handling of employees who were pregnant or trying to get pregnant. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien states that, “Pregnancy is not a justification for excluding women from jobs that they are qualified to perform, and it cannot be a basis for denying employment of treating women…

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Healthy Holiday Tips

By Employment Law

All of the holiday season’s festivities can pack on the pounds and increase stress levels. Did you know that the average American gains six to eight pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? This is a case where it’s good to be below average! Here are some tips from certified health coach Jennifer Cook to help you navigate the cookies and candy at the office, celebratory meals out, cocktail parties and holiday buffets: Don’t skip a…

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To Give Bonuses or Not to Give Bonuses?

By Employment Law

That is the question. A recent Bank of America survey of small businesses found that 52% plan to give their employees a bonus this year. Of course, bonuses are discretionary and not an entitlement. They may be based on many different criteria such as the overall performance of the company or the individual performance of an employee, but all employees should be clear as to what those factors are. If your year-end bonus is a…

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