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The DOL Has an App for That

By Employment Law

Yes, even the Department of Labor (DOL) understands how effective online apps can be. This weekend, when you’re looking for a restaurant for dinner that is free of health violations, use the DOL’s app, Eat Shop Sleep. Users can search for places to eat, shop and sleep and see if there are any pending safety, health or labor issues attached to these businesses as well as read customer reviews. For employees that are using a…

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Issues

By Employment Law

Fisher & Phillip’s Michael Elkon presented on the issues companies face when allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices to use for business purposes. There are “hidden costs and risks” associated with this practice, Elkon says. First, requiring employees to use their own mobile phone and not reimbursing them for that device may cause problems. This is the result of a California case (Cochran vs. Schwan’s Home Services, Inc.) where the Court held that…

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It’s About Time

By Employment Law, Payroll

Time. It’s how we spend the days, weeks, months and years of our lives personally and professionally. In the workplace, however, it is also necessary to record our time in order to be paid. Time tracking and recordkeeping is critical for business owners under the law. The U.S. Department of Labor has outlined requirements for recordkeeping under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). For compliance purposes, there are several records the employers are required to…

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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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