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What Will Woo Employees Back to the Workplace?

By Corporate culture, Employee Retention, Recruiting

Working from home sounds great to many employees, and the pandemic has taught us that being physically present in an office isn’t always necessary. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that among those who are currently working from home all or most of the time, 78% say they’d like to continue to do so after pandemic precautions end. Some employees are finding, however, that they miss the camaraderie of their colleagues and the structure…

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What Guidelines Does OSHA Offer on Mask Use?

By Best Practices, COVID-19, OSHA Regulations

A client approached me recently about updating their company’s employee handbook to include COVID prevention policies. Specifically, we looked at whether or not OSHA has requirements on mask usage in the workplace. OSHA does not have a specific mask policy that applies to all businesses. However, here are some principles that businesses should keep in mind when creating their workplace policies. Safety first In the context of COVID, OSHA says that its guidance is advisory…

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Streamline Collecting Time and Attendance Data

By Payroll, Recordkeeping

MarathonHR’s automated tools help clients manage their human resources processes, including collecting time and attendance data. Web-based time clocks allow employers to collect precise timecard entries, as well as view when and where the work starts and stops. Swipeclock is one such tool that we’ve been using with good success. The data collected by web-based time clocks can be accessed and viewed by employees, the employer and MarathonHR at any time. It’s especially helpful for…

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The Importance of Having a Progressive Disciplinary Procedure

By Policies and Procedures

When an employee repeatedly fails to follow company policy, do you have a progressive disciplinary procedure in place to address the situation? Explain basic work rules in your employee handbook Every business should articulate its basic work rules in an employee handbook. These policies govern the conduct and performance of employees such as absences, tardiness, substance abuse, insubordination and theft. The handbook should be clear about the consequences for violating basic work rules and state…

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Attracting a Diverse Workforce has a Significant Payoff

By Best Practices, Hiring

After a recent McKinsey study found that ethnically diverse companies outperform nondiverse companies by 35%, human resources professionals are taking a closer look at their hiring practices to ensure that they’re recruiting from a broader range of talent. A report from WayUp identifies common barriers to locating and attracting diverse candidates. Eliminating GPA requirements. GPA rarely correlates to the ability to perform a job. Candidates from lower income backgrounds often find themselves working long hours…

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The Vaccine Mandate is Dead. Now What?

By COVID-19, Vaccine Mandates

After months of speculation and legal challenges, the federal vaccine mandate for employers who have 100 employees or more that went into effect on January 10, 2022 (the “OSHA mandate”), was blocked by the Supreme Court on January 13. The Court did, however, uphold the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare’s (CMS) vaccine mandate for employees of healthcare providers that accept Medicaid or Medicare. What happens next? Businesses covered by the OSHA mandate are no longer…

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Some Businesses May Want to Require Vaccines

By COVID-19, Vacation Policies

Although the federal vaccine mandate overseen by OSHA was struck down by the Supreme Court on January 13, a number of FORTUNE 500 businesses still plan to enforce vaccine requirements for their workforces, even though they’re no longer legally bound to do so. If you believe that vaccine requirements are appropriate for your business, it’s important to put a system in place to track your employees’ vaccination status, as well as record COVID test results…

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How Long Should Employees Quarantine if They Test Positive for COVID-19?


Absenteeism due to COVID-19 is a big problem for many businesses right now. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a surge in factory workers out sick threatens to worsen supply chain problems such as transportation bottlenecks and delayed deliveries. Masks are making their way back to manufacturing floors, and executives are employing various solutions to fortify their workforces and meet staffing needs. Almost everywhere you look – from trash collection services to restaurants and…

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Planning for New Hires in the New Year?

By Hiring

If you’re planning to expand your team now or in the future, it’s absolutely necessary to ensure that all of the proper legal paperwork is in place. Whether your new hires are onsite, remote, out-of-state or a mixture of all three, you will want to stay on top of mandatory forms and recordkeeping. Top three forms required for new hires W-4 (or W-9) form. The W-4 form allows the employee to determine how much money…

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Scam Alert! New Phishing Emails May Be Circulating in Your Firm

By Payroll, Phishing Scams

Here at Marathon, we are always on the alert to dangers that might befall our clients and their personnel. One we recently identified was a new email phishing scam that leverages information from a company’s human resources or payroll/accounting departments. With this scam, cybercriminals identify a legitimate employee of a company (perhaps through social media or other public-facing information). They then send a spoofed email to the company’s HR, payroll or other finance-related departments requesting…

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