Summer Workplace Activities

Summer is quickly approaching! It’s that time of year when you start to dust off your grill, coordinate that river or poolside vacation, and crank “Surfin’ USA” on your commute to work. It’s also a fantastic time for employers to brainstorm seasonal activities to strengthen the company culture and keep workers refreshed and engaged. Annual […]

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Unpaid Internships

As summer is just around the corner, a common question we receive is whether it is acceptable to engage unpaid interns. Assuming the organization in question is a for-profit company, this is an area in which to exercise extreme caution. While most interns must be compensated at least minimum wage plus any applicable overtime in […]

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Background Checks: When do they Cross the Line?

Employers have become well-attuned to the importance of selecting job candidates that are qualified and will fit well with the organization’s culture.  Prior to extending an offer of employment to a viable candidate, best practices in conducting a background check are to use a variety of methods to assess skills, verify professional experience, and to check […]

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APA-Backed Garnishment Reform Becomes Law by Curtis Tatum, Esq. with the APA

On April 14, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law House Bills 4119 and 4120 that will overhaul the state’s garnishment laws. The APA supports this legislation and advocated for its passage as it progressed through the Michigan Legislature. On September 30, when this legislation becomes effective, Michigan employers will be subject to a fairer […]

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Controlling Your Employee Turnover Costs

Excessive or avoidable employee turnover results in a waste of time, resources, and added costs.  While it can depend on the industry and business cycles, the impact is often especially hard on small businesses. Understanding what goes into the turnover costs and establishing helpful strategies are important steps for you to effectively manage the revolving […]

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Summer Interns: Help or Hindrance

Whether your organization is small or a Fortune 500 Company, you may be considering offering a summer internship program. Below are a few benefits and drawbacks of such programs as well as some important compliance and liability items to consider before accepting the services of an intern. The most resounding benefit that employers report when […]

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Telecommuting and Flexible Work Schedule Policies

In a business environment where many employees are routinely bringing along work assignments on vacations and routinely make themselves accessible during weekends and other off-hours, jobs become ever-present and the line between on and off work time becomes blurred. By incorporating flexible work schedules and telecommuting into an organization’s structure, an employer may find that […]

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Technologies to Improve Remote Workforce Communications

Technological advancements have evolved to help employers enhance their operations, become more cost-efficient, and more engaged with their workers. If you employ a remote workforce, technology can help and often is crucial to bridging any communication lag. Research studies have indicated that employees who work off-site (i.e. home, hotel, airplane, etc.) work longer hours because […]

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The Significance of Continuous Service

Employers in periods of economic instability may find themselves with a higher frequency of employees leaving and even returning back to work within a short time period. One item that some employers may not be familiar with is the concept of “continuous service.” Continuous service involves a period of employment service with an employer, starting […]

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Community Service Projects

It may come as a surprise to find that many job seekers take a company’s community service outreach programs into account when applying for and accepting jobs. If all things are equal, a highly desirable job candidate could decide between your company and a competitor based on your work in the community. A recent Newsweek […]

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