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Don’t Let the Fair Credit Reporting Act Catch You Unprepared!

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring, Risk Management & Safety

Periodically, we issue article updates on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the legislation enacted to promote accuracy, fairness and privacy for consumer information stored and used by consumer reporting agencies. Hiring organizations need to be aware of FCRA regulations, because in some instances they can be held liable if their reporting agency violates them. Right now, we are monitoring several issues that may affect business owners’ rights. Two that could have significant impact follow….

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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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The Heat Is Coming – Are You and Your Workers Prepared?

By Best Practices, Risk Management & Safety, Worker Disability, Workplace Injuries

The weather may have been cooler than normal for much of the spring, but that doesn’t mean it will last. This summer, the outlook for Atlanta and surrounding areas predicts above average temperatures – with especially warm weather in June.  That’s not good, because hot weather can be dangerous – especially if it is muggy. Moist air makes it harder for the body’s internal cooling mechanism (sweat) to do its job.Don’t take chances with the…

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Cannabis in the Workplace – It’s Decision-Making Time

By Best Practices, Corporate culture, Driving Safety, Drugs in the Workplace, Employment Law, Worker Disability, Workplace Injuries

With cannabis (“pot”) having been decriminalized or legalized in more than 30 states—in many cases for recreational, personal use—employers are struggling with how to approach the issue. Cannabis has been touted as a medicinal aid for many conditions, from PTSD to Crohn’s disease, nausea, cancer, multiple sclerosis and more. Yet, cannabis can alter worker reaction times and cause other physical changes that could put the worker, the firm, and its customers at risk. In certain…

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Working with Sick Employees—What Are Your Rights—and Theirs?

By Corporate culture, Risk Management & Safety, Sick Leave, Worker Disability

With flu season peaking this month, you may be wondering what rights you have to control the workplace and its culture when employees might be sick. Do you encourage employees to go home when they are coughing and sneezing—even if they don’t want to? Do you intervene if your employees “sick shame” their peers, or do you consider it acceptable? Historically, employers have often worried more about employees taking off when they were not sick…

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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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Sexual Harassment Training: More Important than Ever

By Harassment and Discrimination, Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

With famous individuals continuing to fall like dominoes as allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment continue, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is stepping up enforcement. In FY 2018, the EEOC recovered nearly $70 million for sexual harassment victims, compared with $47.5 million in FY 2017. As a result, all business owners should be evaluating their corporate stance on sexual harassment, and making sure they know exactly what does, and doesn’t, cross the lines. Fortunately,…

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Year-End “Punch List” Items – Are You on Track?

By Benefits & Insurance, Best Practices, Employment Law, Payroll, Policies and Procedures, Record-keeping

The end of any year is always challenging, between juggling personnel holiday vacation schedules, preparing year-end paperwork, and making adjustments for the upcoming year. From Affordable Care Act compliance and reporting to adjusting compensation strategies, there is no shortage of things to do. In case you are overloaded or running behind this year, here’s a handy list of items to review and determine if you have outstanding work for any of them. To simplify things,…

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Compliance Tips for 2019

By Best Practices, Employment Law, OSHA Regulations, Policies and Procedures

As we head toward the new year, following are some considerations for compliance in various areas. Staying on top of these will help keep your firm out of trouble while minimizing expenses and payroll. Payroll compliance is often more about correct interpretation of the law than math. If you are having trouble discerning between employees and independent contractors, look to the IRS guidelines for direction. Some—but not all—employee discounts qualify as income. Learn the difference. Even…

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